Book Review : The One You Cannot Have


After the heart wrenching,  thought provoking and grateful-to-be-in-my-own-life thought – inducing “And the Mountains Echoed” ,  it was time for chick-lit. Or to say, a pretty breezy read.  I’ve been meaning to read Preeti Shenoy for quite some time now, and she is quoted as the most read Indian female author. Earlier, I’ve read Sita’s Curse by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu and it isn’t exactly to my taste.  Review coming later .

So, I pick ‘The One You Cannot Have‘ above on Amazon for Rs. 49.00 , wirelessly delivered to my Kindle in exactly 10 seconds. Amazon and Jeff – thank you.

I finished reading this in one straight sitting, as you want to know what happens in the end. Will the married lady find her way to meet her  ex?  Will the boy  hitch up with the single lady drooling all over him?  Mainly the first question.

Good stuff first. Breezy writing, a lot of mom-pop stuff and scenes picked out of real life. The stories Anjali writes for the magazine would work in real life too 😉

So, the guy and gal are in love. Fair enough. Mad deep love. Okay, we get it.

The gal’s mom is sick and she decides to marry another guy in the hope that her mom would be okay. This too, we get it.

The guy turns out decent.  Shares all his ex-stories, and the girl never opens up about her ex-boyfriend. Until the husband finally finds out. And turns red. This too, we get it.

As they both won’t talk – her thoughts on going back to her ex-lover intensify. ONLY after they quarrel.  She’s had him in their thoughts but she really considers leaving her husband and going after her ex, after she decides she’s had enough. Really, madam author?

Two years is a pretty long time. The book takes a convenient stand where the guy plans to committed to another lady, and hence rejects the wonderful offer his ex brings him. What if he didn’t? what if he uses her and leaves her on the streets?

I don’t know. I would wish the lady protagonist had her share of thoughts, and talks with her husband and got her realization, than being preached by her ex. After she lands in his house after stalking him down.

One thing I’ll admire about Preeti –  the Aman side of the story. Beautifully written.

While I don’t agree with the author on many turns and twists the book has taken – it’s her book and her imagination. I’ve had a blast reading it.

Rating :  2/5

Have a good day and keep rocking!!



Book Review : And the Mountains Echoed


The tagline of the book says – An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. 

As I read the book end to end, a tinge of sadness is left in me. I dont know why.  How being born at a specific place in specific circumstances can change you life  – the book bears testimony to that. Having shed tears in the last few pages of the book, I thoroughly enjoyed every sentence that was ever written. Never boring, just enough attention to detail and no open stories.  One word – soul-stirring.

Abdullah and Pari, Markos and Thalia , Wahdati and Nabi. And the french poet Nila Wahdati. The book explores every angle you’d want to know about people whose lives start in afganistan or USA and why they make the  choices they make. While some stay put in their living rooms, some for the fear of staying put – take choices that land them in places they’d never imagine.

The best quote for me in the entire book –

It’s a funny thing but most people have it backward. They think they live by what they want. But really, what guides them is what they’re afraid of.What they don’t want.

Only one suggestion. Find some quiet time after finishing the book and soak in it’s stories and sadness. It deserves the time, while and after reading.

Have a good day and keep rocking!





A Happiness Course by Marketing Professor?

If you know me well, you know that I chase the elusive happiness in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m good. Grateful, content. However, i come from the background which says happiness can’t be a myth. There has to be some proven techniques to make yourself happy, no matter what you’re doing, how much you’re earning.

It’s a completely different thing if you’re stuck in a disastrous relationship or have acute shortage for basic necessities. But for most of us, the basics are thoroughly met. So, why are some people more happier than others?

Dr. Rajagopal Raghunathan, a visiting professor at ISB Hyderabad debunks the entire theory of happiness and how!  Being a professor himself – he leaves no stone unturned to explain scientifically how everyone can be happy 🙂

I’ve done the entire course here and am thoroughly convinced :

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

Yeah, I know. Knowing is not doing. I’m still far off from implementing whatever Professor has taught, but doing this course is like having the key. The problem now is go to go to the door and put the key in. Atleast you can’t complain of not knowing what the key is!

Am not spoiling the fun for people who want to do the course, so have kept the post really generic, contrary to my spoiler-filled posts. Enrol, and have some enlightenment 🙂

Have a great day and keep rocking!!