I’m very sceptical when it comes to Indian authors, thanks to Chetan Bhagat. I so much don’t want to read him anymore that the copy of his latest, ‘Half Girlfriend’ is lying flat at one corner without any attraction. Mr Bhagat, you can keep on writing for block busters and give all emotional angles, I don’t care. But when the newest author on the block approached with her first baby, I couldn’t say no because not only she turned out to be a long lost friend, her title of the book deserved a read. With my hesitation, I did say a yes, but after the first page, I just kept on reading till I finished the entire story. This review is from the heart without any intention of pleasing the author aka the long ‘lost and found’ friend.
Book review: He Fixed the Match She Fixed Him
The book starts with a very familiar topic of finding a match through the arranged marriage route in this e-age world. The sound of Delhi and Bombay, Kohlis and Kharbandas shout out the familiar Punjabi-ness since beginning. I’m from Delhi and a Punjabi so I could relate to every aspect and it felt the characters were living next door. One can relate to the story since beginning and can see resemblances from one’s own life or people around. All the characters are walking and talking out of flesh.
This is not a love story nor a story about failed love. This is a story of twists and turns, where a woman is made a pawn by the very man she eventually marries. Like the title, this is a story about a strong woman who not only mends her marriage but the man too. But will the story have a fairy tale ending? Well, this is the only question that takes one through the final chapters in full frenzy. Author Shikha Kumar has done a fantastic job in pulling all the characters and situations with delicate handling and given every situation its full due. Kudos to her.
Pace of the novel: Fast, racy and very catchy. You can’t stop turning the page. Though in the middle, it becomes predictable like a hindi movie tale and one can start expecting the obvious. But then again comes the jerk and you are transported to an amazing turn just round the corner. Shikha manages to surprise time and again.
Emotions: The novel is but a vortex of emotions. It takes you through a journey of suspense, revenge, attraction, agony, repentance, realisation and romance through and through in 300 pages.
Use of language: Easy to comprehend. The tone is direct and full of pace. One gets under the skin of each character and feels the pain and range of emotions with every page.
The excessive use of some brands on the face was the only thing that hit me time and again but I guess the sponsors got to have their share too. The last 30 pages could have wrapped up early.
Final Word: A witty read that will grab you from start to finish at one go.
LE recommends or not ? YES, please pick your copy
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. Shikha, you made me proud and I’m glad I found you again.
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