Book Review: Tides Don't Cross by Simar Malhotra




Genre: Fiction

Publishers: Rupa Publications

Price: Rs. 250/- (I got the book for review from the publisher)

Behind the Book

Sparks fly immediately when Rukmani—fierce and assertive in the best and worst possible ways—meets the gentle Ayaan in the magical city Paris. Meanwhile, back in India, her reticent sister, Mrinalini struggles to cope with the void of a loveless marriage and an early pregnancy.

Tides Don’t Cross follows these extremely interesting characters as their lives cross in surprising ways. Mrinalini, Ayaan and Rukmani wade through choppy tides, unaware of their common destiny. Deeply touching, this is an unforgettable story of thwarted desires, of love and its loss, of losing and finding oneself, and of falling and learning to rise.

Young and talented author Simar Malhotra has created yet another piercing and riveting read.

About the Author

Simar Malhotra is the author of the teen novel There is a Tide. She is studying at Stanford University and is the winner of the Bocock/Guerard Fiction Prize. Her work has been published in the Gold Man Review literary journal and Stanford’s in-house magazine Topiary. When she’s not curled up with a book, she can be found doing Muay Thai or cuddling with all things furry.

The blurb of the book along with its cover are intriguing enough for a reader to feel compelled to pick up this gem to read!

Like always, I had certain preconceived notions about this book before I started reading it. I was a bit unsure and was reading it more out of curiosity rather than interest. However, I must give the author full marks for having not only lived upto my curiosity but also ensured I was sucked into the story till the last page.

If I were to say, there is nothing new in the plot. The storyline can almost be considered a cliche, but it is the treatment which lifts up the narrative of book entirely making it a unique read. Reading this book is a heartwarming experience because the author has a way with her words. She emotes, through words, actions, her characters, settings and sometimes a scene with the least dialogues manages to speak the most. Her writing is emotive in every manner and that is what makes reading this book a pure joy.

Very rarely you find authors who have this knack of making the narrative balanced rather than make it a lopsided view of one central character. Here, the author tells us the story of three people and how their lives change over the period of time, impacting their love and relationships and ofcourse their total approach towards life. I love growing with these characters, it was interesting to see how they evolve, both emotionally and mentally. The way their lives are entwined and the manner in which things are unraveled before the reader is simply brilliant. The author's writing style is fresh, invigorating and lucid. She makes the reader a part of her world for those few pages and ensures it stays in their memory for long after the book is done with.

Over all, a thoroughly enjoyable read. One that I would surely recommend to all romance lovers, readers who enjoy light and meaningful reads and also for readers who are always on the look out for new fresh voices which leave behind a strong impression. This one leaves a mark on the reader's minds!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Doi Begun Recipe (Bengali Style Fried Eggplant In Curd Gravy)  - A unique dish with flavours that simply escalate in every bite. It consists of same old ingredients (brinjal and curds), it is the treatment which makes it delicious!

Source: Archana's Kitchen