Friday, 11 November 2016

BOOK REVIEW - “ITS ALL IN THE PLANETS BY PREETI SHENOY”




Inadvertently I am the one who enjoy reading romance more than any genre for that matter when it comes to reading.

The story revolves around the protagonist’s Nidhi, thirty-four, who has quit her corporate job to follow her passion. She is engaged to Manoj, Mr Perfect – except for one aspect.
 Nidhi takes life in different manner; she admires her step mother and amazing understanding in their relation. Though, in general step mother are considered as a lady who can never love her other children but this perception has been proven wrong by the author. Infact, Nidhi’s mother Tara both are more as friends. The way Nidhi respects her and her father’s love is the underscore of the story. A different viewpoint to see that love could be seen.
Then there is Aniket a 27 year old, techie, Mr Average. His only best friend is Subbu, a nerd who breathes, thinks and lives code. Subbu always cheer him up when he goes through sturdy times due to Trisha (His girlfriend). They used to term it as a bad technical error. He does all the things to make his friend feel better. Aniket cannot believe his luck when he starts dating. Trish – a stunning, sexy model, who is totally out of his league.Aniket and Trisha comes under materialistic love where Trisha wants to change every bit in her boyfriend.

Quiet similar was the case with Nidhi and her fiancé. Aniket and Nidhi meet on a train, a chance encounter and she agrees to become his ‘relationship coach’. It’s a decision that sets into motion a chain of events that will have a insightful collision on the lives of all involved around them.

The understandings and mis-understandings, clash of egos, another romance on the side suddenly turn up to complicate matters whip things up and make it more interesting! I would like to dislocate my share of earful on the story here without further sharing any more details, and trying not to spoil the reader’s eagerness and allowing them to savor the original narration or compelling expression by the writer himself by reading the book itself.

Indeed the climax was quite interesting with twists and turns as they unfold. For that you need to read this book.

Now my Positive viewpoints:

The positives of the story are the characters easily identifiable. The story is well knit and the way has constructed it, is beyond appreciation. The cover and title of the book is fascinating. The cover page of the book takes you in to a stupor and a feeling of positivity engulfs us. The title gives us an insight that it has something to do with astrology that focuses on Planets. The Planets decide the destiny of our characters and this title is simply awesome. The  lucid free-flowing words and the identifiable characters with swift. Characters strike a chord with the modern urban metropolitan readers. The narrative is as easy as ever, the language excellent, without being highbrow.

Some suggestive points:

Although the narration of the story is wonderful but at some places the story becomes stagnant. A little more editing would definitely increase its appeal. Sometimes, descriptions of people and places are very exaggerated, which seemed somewhat unnecessary. Finally, what strike me or made an impression on me is the way the story tried to explore the fragility and vulnerability of human relationship. That we are flawed being and with that comes perfectly imperfect relationships, which we agree or not but somewhere have to acknowledge the fact. No relationship is ‘happily ever after’. But then it’s our individual choice to persevere or not.

Final words:

Overall if asked I would say this is a good book, perfect accompaniment to anyone interesting in reading on weekend pastime. Overall I would say...this is a good job done by Author (Preeti Shenoy) … I would give 4.5 stars to this book.

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