Two things to remember: One, I’m not a voracious reader and two; I do not read books by foreign authors. One, as I cannot concentrate too much on a particular thing and two; I tend to forget the character names as I read along.
To tighten these loose nuts, I tend to go in search of books written by Indian writers. I tend to remember the storyline as well as Indian names!
Last weekend I was all alone and bored, so decided to go watch a movie. An evening show at Escape Cinemas in Express Avenue (EA) mall meant I could go a little early and laze around Odyssey, the book store. And that’s exactly what I did, by reaching EA a good two hours in advance. Haunting the section with Indian Writings neatly arranged, I managed to pick “Another Chance” by Ahmed Faiyaz, solely based on reading the gist of what to expect on its back cover.
Now it’s a big risk to pick books based on what you read on their back cover. Most of the time, I’ve been disappointed. It may all look good from behind, but …you know! 😉
Well I started this post thinking of writing a review, but then started ranting what not.
So coming to the book, it felt like I was reading something afresh, something so different from the usual gal meets boy in college story. This one was a much matured, much painful, much realistic, much more. Ruheen Oberoi, the protagonist in the plot is a much sought after lady – cute, lovely, charming, beautiful, sexy, hot, et al – who is admired, stalked, loved, and desired at various stages of her life and sometimes, all at the same time. Having lost her parents at a young age, she’s brought up by her Nana (grandpa) who happens to be her only family. Vishal, Aditya, Rohan, Varun happen to be the men in her life…stalker, lover, husband (separated) and friend respectively. The story shuffles between Shimla, Mumbai and Amsterdam where it mainly revolves around her (live-in) relationship with Aditya, a successful Brand Manager who finds it very difficult to achieve what they call – the work-life balance.
As one reads along, what needs to be seen is: Whether Aditya is successful in balancing out his life leisure along with work pressures? Whether Ruheen has the patience to stick around as Aditya juggles during his balancing-act? Whether Varun ends up being the rebound guy? What happens to Vishal?
And the best of all, where by the grace of hell does the seductress Malika fit in, into this plot?
Ahmed has done a great job in describing places and scenes which helps us imagine the set up as we read on. He’s handled the relationships and the innumerous hardships in a very realistic manner. A good read if you are ready to believe that there could be a possibility of a character, such as Ruheen’s, in the society that we all live in.