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Salesh Dipak Fernando

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TO PRIYA WITH LOVE

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Dear Priya,

I don’t know where to begin or how to begin.  Falling in love is one thing but falling in love with a fictional character is completely a different ball game. I wish I had fallen for Sujitha instead she was predictable, smart and would have given me the luxury of knowing what to expect. I guess destiny had other plans I fell for you instead.

You swept me off my feet even though your role in the whole plot was limited to being “THE CONFUSION”.   People say “LOVE IS BLIND” and I have to nod my head in agreement for I fell in love with your madness. Your unpredictability enthralled me.

I actually thought you were crazy to leave a man stranded in the night  But all along you knew what you wanted. You were happy to play second fiddle and give up on the man who loved you for you knew how it was going all going to end.

I am a nerd who is hopelessly in love. I knew you would vanish once the story ends. But I refuse to give up. Perhaps there’s a real life version of you out there. All I have to do is look.

I am waiting for you with open arms. Come back to me and we can start again with our real life fairy tale.

With Love,

Salesh.

 

 

 

TAKE 2 – LOVE BLOSSOMS YET AGAIN

TAKE 2

Take 2 – A beautiful reminder that life is all about taking chances. I loved this book for one simple reason. Ruchi Singh takes a predictable plot and makes it work with her wonderful narrative style.

The first few pages give you an indication of how the story is going to progress. But the urge to turn the pages doesn’t stop. It’s a simple one line plot of how two hesitant personalities find solace in each other. 

The author doesn’t complicate things too much and keeps the tone light and breezy. It is an engaging battle of opposites. The protagonists are surrounded by likeable individuals who add their own colour to proceedings. 

 There’s warmth, friendship and love it’s wonderful cocktail to engage the reader.  And then we have self-centred former husband and the ever jealous colleague who provide the much needed spice towards the very end. 

A major plus is the clear character sketch. Each character in the plot is well defined  Go for it if you are die-hard romantic at heart. This lovely tale might re-affirm your faith in love yet again. It is a wonderful lesson on how to hold the reader’s attention with a simple plot.

My Rating 4/5 

 

 

 

Why I loved " Life is what you make it"

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I have never been a fan of popular Indian authors who are constantly in the limelight. Don’t get me wrong everyone has their own space but I prefer the lesser known authors who rightfully deserve a small pat on the back for the effort they put in. 

Life is what you make it was an exception.  Somehow the title kept resonating again and again until I could no longer hold myself. I picked it up with a bit of apprehension. What if it turns out to be another one of those routine romance stories?  I decided to read it any way. The first thing that impressed me was the simple language.  I have seen plots go haywire because of complex sentence structures but Preeti sticks to the keep it simple principle.

But what sets the book apart was Preeti’s attempt to explore the mental trauma of the protagonist.  A lot of us tend to ignore mental illness. We never try to find out what’s wrong when someone is depressed. We all needed a Robin Williams to remind us that depression can be deadly.  Preeti gives a bird’s eye view on how devastating Bi-polar disorder can be. It’s a common but rarely known disease. Hats off for presenting a complex disease in a language that connects with the masses.

My only regret was the book’s abrupt ending.  A lot more space could have been given to the recovery process. Nevertheless it’s a good read for the message it tries to convey.

(This is not a review just an honest reader’s opinion. The first of many to come. I prefer to call it “An encouraging pat on the back”) 

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