Thursday, 17 January 2013

Book Review - Arranged Love by Parul Mittal

If you are an Indian and specially if you are a girl, then there is one question on which you must have had countless debates on or pondered over many times. And that question is Arranged or Love Marriage? Which one is the best? The book Arranged Love centers around this question.

The plot revolves around Suhaani, an Indian born, America educated girl who is forced to return to India once she loses her job due to recession. Suhaani grudgingly leaves behind an independent life and a hunk of a boyfriend, Jay in America and moves to her parent's house in India. Her father meanwhile has already selected a boy for her from his guitar class. Suhaani doesn’t know how to tell her Internet savvy dad and Farmville addict mom that she’s not interested in an arranged match, especially to an IITian. She decides to dislike the ‘arranged’ guy. Except that he’s not too thrilled either and has not accepted her friendship invite on Facebook! Even when they end up working together, Suhaani decides she is not falling for this guy! But before she can turn him down, he rejects her! Whether Suhaani has finally found her ‘match’ and whether the IITian is ‘the guy’ is what Arranged Love deals with. The supporting cast of the book include among others, the ditzy best friend Neha and the smart, single and successful elder cousin, Tanu.

The book is from the Chicklit genre, meant to be a light read and targeted towards the younger female generation. Not sure if men will like it very much but I really enjoyed the book because the plot even though very simple, has been executed very well. I loved Parul's style of writing, the banter and innuendo. Suhaani's dillemma is one that can be identified with easily and the characters are all very real. Even though the end is quite predictable, the means to get to the end has been very well penned down and that's what makes it such an entertaining and enjoyable read. Will make for a good watch too on the silver screen.....good script alert KJO!

Read it if you are looking for a fun, racy, romantic, not cheesy and a light and breezy read. Highly Recommended!

About the Author 

Parul Mittal (maiden name Parul Agarwal) is the author of a national bestseller novel “Heartbreaks & Dreams! – The Girls @ IIT”. Arranged Love is her second novel and promises to be a humorous and fun light read.
Apart from reading and writing fiction, the author loves listening to old Hindi music, cannot resist jiving to dance beats, loves to party with friends, and has a keen interest in staying fit.
She did her BTech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1995, followed by Masters in Computer Science from UMich, Ann Arbor. After twelve years in the corporate world (Hughes, IBM Research and Nextag), she is currently running an e-venture called RivoKids. RivoKids offer parents smart ideas to raise bright happy kids and free online memory books to capture fun parenting moments.
Born and brought up in Delhi, she did her schooling at Lady Irwin School, New Delhi and Navrachna School, Baroda. She is married to Alok Mittal and has two daughters - Smiti and Muskaan.
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