Sunday, July 13, 2014

#79 : When Hari Met His Saali by Harsh Warrdhan : A Review


BOOK TITLE: When Hari Met His Saali

ISBN: 9789351064497

AUTHOR: Harsh Warrdhan

GENRE: Fiction - Romancehttp://www.HQNindia.comhttp




REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK:  Review copy from PRPundit in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Vasudha Deepak Rao (from PR Pundit)


The only magical thing missing from her life… happened to her sister!
His idea of romance is that it is unnecessary.

Tia was in love with her career and her lifestyle in America. And she was madly in love with Hari. But where was the romance she craved?

Simi was the young girl left behind in a small town in India who hadn’t seen her sister for years. She was a dreamer. But what did she really want out of life?

And then there was Hari. Straight-forward and uncomplicated, it felt like nothing he did was ever good enough for Tia. But didn’t every man want an ambitious and successful wife no matter how demanding they were?

Theirs was a love story that was never going to be conventional. But what happened to Hari and Tia was something that nobody would have predicted.

Mix two sisters with bad history between them and one clueless man, to form one whacky triangle, and you get a cautionary lesson in how you should be careful of what you wish for in the name of love?

Set in Los Angeles and Nagpur, India, ‘When Hari Met His Saali’ is a funny, fresh, and outrageous look at young people and their dreams, longings, aches and heartbreaks. It is a fascinating take on the grand idea of love and the reality of romance. In a breezy, humorous narrative anchored around a magical twist, the story of Tia, Simi and Hari unfolds from romantic comedy into a climax full of suspense

Another tempting romance!! Looks like my “Romance reading spree” will never end thanks to endless romance books from them. This is my second from Harlequin who are famous for their romance.

The summary assured me of one thing – Humour. And I truly got that. The story is about Tia , the diehard romantic and Hari, the doffer who didn’t believe in romance at all and their love story. Enter Simmi, tia’s sister and the “perfect” (pun intended) love story goes for a toss.

Here I was expecting for a conventional twist in the triangle and the writer bowled a googly by putting in the most unimaginable twist ever possible. I truly went ROFL there! (er…the book is set in US of A!)

The story line began quite well emphasizing how Tia & Hari where this quintessentially mismatched couple in love. They were opposites of each other so much so that it made wonder how could they possibly be in love with each other. The writer narrated one fact beautifully, you needn’t be similar to love each other,  you just need to accept that the love of your life is different. 

But as the story line progressed , I found it quite boring until Simmi came along. But after that big twist midway (I am not giving out that one! Poor guy the writer!) the story again became boring until the climax where Hari get married. Even the climax was a bit predictable.

I felt that the writer was in a great hurry to finish off the book and give all the characters a closure. Some character (mentioning which one would ruin the surprise twist midway) didn’t really require a closure.

The writing was clean sans usage of fancy words. But for the first time, I am reading a romance novel written by a man. To compare a man’s writing with that of a woman wouldn’t do justice to either of the sex. But then that comparison is inevitable, I felt men ( or at least this man, the writer) tend to be a bit cheesy. I know that’s thick coming from a woman (:-p) But hey! Every one has their opinions I have mine!

The cover deserves a mention. It looks quite comincal! The cover along with summary sure tends to give out a fact that the book is sure to be comical which it obviously was!

To sum it up, the story was comical, the characterisations were great but somehow I felt something missing or may be the climax was a bit messed up?!! Can’t put my finger on it exactly!

VERDICT: Why not! Light cheesy read with good humor!

RATING: 3 on 5


PRICE: Rs.201


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse



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