Blurb: Shreya – I’m a highly qualified Delhi girl earning an enviable salary. My parents are having a tough time finding a suitable groom for me. However, recently they have a proposal from this very interesting guy from Mumbai. I almost get mesmerised when he starts talking to me. I think I like him very much.
Kunal – I’m owner of a textile company in Mumbai. My Mom wants me to get married. Again. She has recently suggested a suitable girl from Delhi. What my Mom doesn’t know is that I’ve met Shreya before once in my life and I’ve been looking for her ever since. I have a vendetta to settle.
The author takes you along on a journey via roads of revenge, agony, remorse, attraction, titillation, tantalisation and romance. Do Shreya and Kunal make it, or do they fall prey to their past?
About the author: Shikha Kumar has a B-Tech degree in Computer Science from Bharati Vidyapeeth, Delhi. Professionally she’s as a Manager with Tata Consultancy Services. She has travelled to, and worked in different countries. She enjoys travelling, reading, writing and watching movies. This is her first attempt to present her writing abilities to the world.
Review: This is Shikha Kumar’s debut novel and after reading it I must say that she has done justice to the romantic genre and I did not feel it was her debut. The way she has unfolded the story has given a sense of satisfaction that what happened in the novel was the right. This is an interesting romantic tale of a married couple, who are forced into marriage almost reluctantly. Shreya is a working independent professional; Kunal on the other hand is being pushed for marriage who has a bitter past. Kunal’s mother finds Shreya’s match unaware that Kunal already knows Shreya, she is happy that Kunal has agreed to marry Shreya. They get married where Shreya doesn’t get a chance to see Kunal’s personally and all she knows is by his voice. Shreya feels helpless when she sees Kunal on the wedding day and she determines to fix her husband and their marriage, deciding not to give up. Managing home and office efficiently, she woos Kunal off his feet. It is a story of romantic genre where intense hatred accompanied with revenge completely transforms into love that is indefinable and selfless. The characters avoid love due to their pasts and this avoidance is the reason for Shreya and Kunal coming as close to each other as if they were born one. The characters in the novel are portrayed in a simple manner and understanding of the story is a cakewalk. I appreciate the use of language in the novel; reader will hook to this novel till it ends because of the plainness of the language used along with the use of some Hindi phrases. Author Shikha has put in elements of a block buster novel – strong story with strong characters, twists running a thrilling chill, sweet smile, and a plot that you will easily relate, a guiding instinct that keeps the characters going without causing any boredom. I recommend this story to all. I finished in one day and night’s reading.
The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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