Thursday, August 08, 2013

Book Review: It started with a Friend Request by Sudeep Nagarkar



Introduction
  • ·         ISBN # 978-8-184-00420-5
  • ·         Genre: Fiction/Romance
  • ·         Publishers: Random House India
  • ·         Price: Rs. 125/- (I got this book from the publisher requesting for a review)
Yet another love story! I exclaim as I begin reading this book. The points which attracted me to this book were Blackberry plays cupid here (Now this is interesting!!) the cover page is too beautiful and mushy. I love love stories and of course in today’s times when face book plays a huge role in creating love stories “It started with a friend request” definitely sounded alluring.

Behind The book

Source: Google Images
 Why don’t we feel the moment when we fall in love but always remember when it ends?


About the author

Sudeep Nagarkar has a degree in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University and is currently pursuing  management studies from Welingkar Institute of Management. You can know more about him here.


Me thinks
Off late the market has been flooded with young Indian authors churning out bestsellers after bestsellers. To be honest this is my first read by this author though he has written two books before this which are best sellers.

When this book was in the review list my first thought was to add it to my list as the other books I had selected were kind of a heavy read and I needed a light read to balance it off somewhere. And I was not disappointed. This is a nicely written light read which leaves you with a pleasant feeling after you have completed reading it. 

The story is about Akash and Aleesha, two youngsters who meet in a discotheque and experience love at first sight. Major portion of the book is about their love story, how it progresses, the proposal, the first kiss, the first fight, the making up etc etc.

The story is about Aleesha and Kritika – Soul sisters cum best friends cum roommates

The story is about Akash and Aditya – Best friends till death do us apart.

The story is also about Tamanna and Deep – with the former being the latter’s boss. Alternate chapters have portions where Tamanna’s one sided love for Deep touches you deeply. 

The story is about one night – one incident – that changes the lives of all these people along with their loved ones.

As the story progresses you witness Akash’s love, Aleesha’s immature nature, Tamanna’s obsession and Deep’s practicality. You experience the other things that come along with love like hatred, jealousy, insecurity, hurt, anger, passion, joy and loads of other similar things. 

I loved the poems which Tamanna had written for Deep for they were too deep and profound. They show how deeply she felt for him which finally turned into an obsession for her. I also admired the way Akash dealt with his relationship issues with Aleesha.

The author has managed to create a very good romantic ambience in terms of the description and the language of the book. The flow of the story is very smooth and at places I was smiling reading the romantic lines. Having been working in the corporate world I could relate to the turmoil mentioned by both Tamanna and Deep, for it is what really happens in today’s times. I enjoyed the characters a lot as they seemed to be so relatable. They could easily be any one of today’s youth. 

At some places I found the love making scenes out of context. I mean that scene could have done the same or perhaps better without it. Over all a decent read, recommended for people who enjoy light reads and prefer romance as a genre.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Falsa Juice - differently delicious!
Source: Google images     This book has been received from Random House for review




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