Saturday, October 18, 2014

#93 : Love Lasts Forever : Only if you don't marry your love By Vikrant Khanna : A Review


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BOOK TITLE: Love Lasts Forever

ISBN: 938266517X

AUTHOR: Vikrant Khanna

GENRE: Fiction -Romance

NUMBER OF PAGES: 248

FORMAT: Paperback

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK:  This book review is a part of The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program and Blog Tours.  To get free books log on to thereaderscosmos.blogspot.com"

SUMMARY :

So you think your love can last forever…?

Get married! Eighteen-year-old Ronit falls madly in love with Aisha the moment he meets her at his graduation day from a naval college. He believes he has found his perfect soul mate, and come what may, his love for her will last forever.

Seven years later, he gets married to her. Big mistake! A week later, he completely hates her and believes she has turned into a
devil.

But his perception about love and life change when he hears the poignant love story of Shekhar, his Captain, on a ship that later gets hijacked by the pirates of Somalia.

As they are left fighting for their lives; they confront if love truly can last forever…? Or does it get too late

REVIEW:

This book has been doing rounds in Facebook like forever. I always wondered how a book with that title and tag line got famous. The title and the tag line ticked me off : Love lasts forever – Only if you don’t marry your love. That statement misleading and sort of contradicts the summary. Curiosity got the better of me and I signed up for me as soon as this book came up for review from Readers Cosmos. Thankfully, after I finished reading the book, the title was justified( though it turned out to be a bit ironical).

The book back summary is rather well phrased which saves reviewers like me from the explaining what the story is all about without divulging the plot. Our protagonist is a sea farer who narrates the story partially while being captured by pirates of Somalia. The narration switches between his past, present and that of his captain’s past. There is always a factor of risk with time bound and character bound switch in narratives. I’ve read books by writers who messed up with emotions by switching timelines in the narration leaving me with a blinding headache. Thankfully, this writer sure got the switch bang on.

I felt Captain Shekar’s story was rather well written when compared to that of our protagonist’s story. This could be attributed to a fact that the writer actually completed Shekar’s story after a prolonged gap in the narrative.

Being a short fuse, I was almost prepared to throw this book out of nearest window during that part of the story when Ronit believes it’s his entire wife’s fault that their relationship has gone kaput after wedding. Why does the wife always have to “adjust” with the tantrums thrown by her SIL/MIL? Why can’t the husband actually understand that the poor girl has left her home and needs time adapting? That episode where our protagonist’s love walks out and he doesn’t really care was well written (which obviously is the reason behind “throw-the-book-out” feeling). I concluded that the writer was just another chauvinist who vented his feelings through his writing only to realise I was an absolute fool for the climax of the story blew me away (er…..I can’t tell why for that would give away the story!).

Amongst all the positives, the one thing that didn’t really impress me was the whole kidnapping drama. I couldn’t really connect with all the emotion that a person might actually undergo while being kidnapped at gun point by pirates.

The writing was simple and clean conveying all emotions intended but sort of slacked during with whole kidnapping scenario. I finished reading the book flat in day for the narration kept me hooked.

VERDICT: Intense emotions, addictive narration, why not?!

RATING: 4.3 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A sailor by profession and a writer by passion.

EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Paperback, Digital

PRICE: Rs.114


BOOK LINKS: http://www.amazon.in/Love-Lasts-Forever-Only-marry-ebook/dp/B00LK1UZ94/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

P.S. Here is a video that features the writer! Enjoy listening.


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse

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