Right Fit Wrong Shoe

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About the author: Varsha Dixit is an Indian writer and the author of this book. She currently lives in the US with her family. She originally intended on writing books on serial killers, but decided against it as she finds it difficult to maim or kill anyone. She did her schooling at St. Mary’s Convent in Kanpur and received a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science from Indraprastha College, New Delhi.

Blurb: Twenty-six year old Nandini Sharma is a girl who, like most girls in India, has been taken over by Bollywood. She falls for her neighbour Aditya Sarin. He is filthy rich and fairly intelligent. She mocks death and suffers for love. Right Fit Wrong Shoes may be Indian to the core, but contains urban language. The humorous book will have you laughing so hard that it will bring tears to your eyes. The book does not have graphic scenes or physical intimacy and the words used are delicate. The funny and romantic book is about a young woman’s thoughts about the society she lives in.

Review:  Few pages into reading this book, I felt Right fit wrong shoe as one of a forced reads for me. It was not good, it was not bad. If you like reading mushy romances than this is the book. For me it did not impress. Based in Kanpur, it looked more of a typical bollywood movie script or I should say Indian romantic genre influenced a little by Mills and Boons. All the titles of the chapters are Bollywood one liners or movie titles and 39 were too lengthy read for me. There are dozens of characters from the start of the book and by chance if you lose the track from the story, you need to re-read from the beginning to get acquainted with the characters. Aditya and Nandini are the main protagonists. There are many things which did not appeal to me in the book such as – the woman-to-woman conversations between Sneha and Nandini had extreme inspiration from sex-and-the-city type dialogues, Aditya and Nandini’s typical bollywood style romance which for me was not realistic, there is no building block of surprise or randomness in the screenplay, the characters in Nandini’s office disappear unbelievably, the office mentioned in the story is really a weird place where hardly no one ever talks about work but only ex-bf and relationships, Nandini visits Aditya’s home every now and then, no one in the family hardly bothers about the kind of relationship they share. I felt the plot to be over-analysed and its all characters are either good or misunderstood, and in the end everybody stays happy without any grievances. I did not like this book to be very frank as I am not in favour of reading about the older generation reprove the younger generation to stop following their dreams and do as per the family wishes for the respect to be stable in the society. The present book for me was banal and soppy and unsurprising and often pointless. It is Author Varsha Dixit’s debut novel, I wish her goodluck for her next project.

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