Thursday, August 16, 2018

#616 : Bombay Heights by Adite Banerjie: Review

                                               


The title makes it obvious that at least one of the protagonists are not from Bombay and are in the city to seek a livelihood. Moreover, the cover also indicates a romantic liaison.  You don't really need to be Sherlock Holmes to guess this. That was exactly the story line. Protagonists Sanjana and Ashwin have an accidental meeting thanks to Aswin's cute little dog. They end up working together. Then there is the ex-lover and a large family to tackle as they can't help but fall for each other. 

Having read this writer's works earlier, I knew what to expect in terms of language and story flow. The characterisation, just like that in her previous books, is done progressively. The characters start out to be almost immature just adults and move out to become mature proper adults. However, I wished there was a bit more grey to the ex-lover - Chetan's character. In fact, I wished other characters were also a bit more flawed. Most of the characters were way too perfect for my taste. 

The pacing was great thanks to that cute pet, the funky roommate and a large family. In fact, this might as well be a real life story of two people. The story by itself was that realistic. In spite of being fast paced, I felt the lack of a punch that I expected from this story. I'm a fan of happy endings, but not all loose ends need to be tied up. That's my second peeve point with the story as such. 

The cover could have been designed better. I felt it gave too much away about the story. 

In short, the book was an entertaining read. 

Do buy the book here. 

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12 comments:

  1. Loved it! will be adding to my TBR soon #viddhreads #MyfriendAlexa

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  2. I heard good reviews about this book but yours is the only one that brought out the peeves too. Might pick it up on a lazy reading day. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Perfect for a lazy reading day! Do pick it up :)

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  3. Appreciate your honest take on the book. I do agree that the book cover could have been designed much better.

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  4. A very interesting point - tying up loose ends. Every twist doesn't need to have a satisfying end point. Quite an honest review that.

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    1. I believe in calling a spade, a spade. Exactly, every twist doesn't need a neat ribbon over it!

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  5. I liked reading your review of the book. It's well rounded. I like the fact that the book is called Bombay Heights and not Mumbai Heights.

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  6. Seems like a light and breezy read despite the negatives you've highlighted. I like to read such books once in a while

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  7. I love light reads and something that can be enjoyed on a weekend while sipping my tea. Being a mom I don't get this reading time often but I try. After reading your review, I am intrigued to read the book.

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  8. Liked your honest review.. Might give this a pick.. :)

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