Book Review: Secrets and Second Chances by Anita Shirodkar

  • ISIN: 9788129132697
  • Genre: Fiction/ Drama/ Chicklit
  • Publishers: Rupa
  • Price: Rs. 295/- [I got this book from the author for a review]

Nandita Dharkar, a strikingly beautiful and talented architect, relocates to Mumbai from Delhi, seeking new horizons and compelling explanations about ghosts from her mother’s past.

As she revels in her newfound independence and forges new friendships, her job at a prestigious architect firm brings suave hotelier Aryan Rai into her life—and she falls hopelessly in love with him. But when her best friend, the carelessly handsome Aditya Arora, suddenly lands on her doorstep, Nandita realizes how fickle the heart can be.

In the midst of it all, she is unable to forget the mysterious letter she had discovered in her mother's jewellery box. When she embarks on a quest to find out the identity of the letter writer, shocking secrets about her mother’s past come to the forefront. Will this shatter Nandita or will she heal through forgiveness?

Behind The book


About the author

Before becoming a writer, Anita Shirodkar spent twenty years in advertising as an Art Director, looking for creative ways to sell everything from colas to candy and ice creams to face creams.She worked in advertising agencies in India and abroad till the claims of motherhood became more demanding than the excitement of the ad world, and she decided to spend more time at home with her daughter and son. She is now creative consultant to Tamarind, a Destination and Event Management Company, which gives her the opportunity to indulge my passion for travel. She has spent a lot of time travelling and absorbing all kinds of world cuisine, which led to a spate of food writing and a recipe book she ghost wrote for a nutritionist. Along the way, she discovered there was a world beyond graphic design, and ventured seamlessly into writing fiction. Her first novel was published last year. She lives partly in Mumbai and partly in Dubai, where she manages a company. Her interests include painting, photography, cooking, meditation, and spiritual pursuits.

Me thinks
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity of reading an amazing book called The Nights in Pink Satin and had expressed a desire to read the first work on the author. The author was very sweet enough to send me an autographed copy of her debut book and here I am two weeks later raving about how now I am totally in love with her writing.

If I had to make a choice, I loved her this work more than the second one for this one was a pure fun read, a chicklit of sorts this had drama, romance, suspense and most importantly the right dose of emotions. Maybe the way I could connect with the lead character who is so independent, sorted, matured, career oriented and yet so vulnerable, soft spoken and caring is what makes this book more endearing.

She has ensured there is a not a single dull moment in the whole book, you laugh, you cry and you run with the character as she tries to find her way through these zig zag lanes of life. One of the most memorable moments for me was the proposal in the book. I had almost screamed- NO ways! He just said that. And yes as the author says this was one of the weirdest proposal ever yet one that was cute in every possible manner.

I love the way the author handles the plot, then and now both ways. There are a zillion ways to write a particular story and this author has mastered the art of narrating them in a way that the reader is left asking for more in every sense.

I finished the book in one reading that lasted some 3.5 hours and loved every bit of it. Recommended, strongly to all those people who love romance, chicklits, oodles of drama and tons of emotions. You will surely love this one!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like watermelon mojito - Refreshingly different, cool and soothing!



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