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Right Fit Wrong Shoe Paperback – 1 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa (1 September 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129115239
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129115232
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
I have always been a fan of love- hate relations. The irresistible love and ever repulsive hatred used to pump up my veins with a rush of adrenaline. Nandini and Aditya's love is so touching and rendered palpably. I have become a fan of author's narration. The quirky humor and snappy hurdle of words leave us panting with zest.

Author herself hints through one of the characters about the overworked mills and boons tales of Celebrity meets and undiscovered stunner, which works out as a justification for the cliche story line. The initial friction and discord as well as verbal attacks and counter-strokes are very lively and pulsating.

Another commendable fact is the friendship between Nandini and Sneha. From saving friend's name a crazy cow to the insensitive exchange of curses, shows a deep friendship without emotional overture.

A major setback of the story is the predictability. The twists in the story could be predicted right after the introduction of the male protagonist. Some areas of the book gave me the feeling of a different narration of the 'pyar mohabbat serials'. With such a great writing style, if the a little more effort was taken to bring about multifarious twists especially towards the climax, the book would have done wonders. Climax disappointed me. I had decided on a 4 stars till then but the last three chapters just oozed out the fun.
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Format: Paperback
Disclaimer: I received a paperback from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for the same.

The story is set in Kanpur and begins with Nandini working as head of design in a private firm along with her BFF Sneha. Both are hardworking women. While Sneha is married with a little son, Nandini is unmarried and lives with her parents.

Into the scene enters Aditya, who takes over the company. He makes a few changes keeping back all the staff. At this point, the reader gets to know that Aditya and Nandini go back a long way and something’s irritated the hell out of Aditya. He’s out to take revenge, big time.

Spoiler warning from here on... read at your own risk.

In the beginning, I didn’t much like Aditya as I felt he was going overboard mistreating Nandini. As the story unfolds, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the hero. He’s oh-so-perfect. I also enjoyed the way the relationship between the protagonists developed in the past. This is shown in flashbacks and well dealt with.

The dialogues are racy and interesting. All the side characters, Aditya’s parents, his brother, sister-in-law, Nandini’s parents, her BFF and a host of others working in the office – all have perfect roles and fit in well with the story. The author has used the right kind of masala in creating the tension between characters and the story flows smoothly from beginning till end.

One thing that I felt disappointed was the way the split between the protagonists has been explained away towards the end. I wish, I so wish, the author had shown the actual flashback scene when they parted company. I had been waiting with bated breath for that scene and was extremely disappointed when it didn’t happen.
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Format: Paperback
Varsha Dixit's Only Wheat not White and the “aura” of her being 3 times Bestseller writer of Rupa Publications raised my expectations a lot for Right Fit Wrong Shoes. Before I go further let me point out clearly a few oddities [or should I say the norm nowadays] this novel has-

The Bollywood setting where you can almost see a Raj and Simran dancing around the trees. Her usage of dialogues “Abe palat” added to the ambiance. If you read the blurb of the story, words like “BFF” and “millennium bhehenji” stare at your face. So please, first read the blurb before picking up this for the author has not hidden the fact that this is how her style or tone will be in this particular novel. A total contrast to Only Wheat Not White, if I may add.
The story line is nothing new yet when told every time you have that lump in your throat and think back to those days when you met your Mr. Right. That cute college type romance which every “mother of a daughter hate kind” yet have one tucked in their secret cupboard.

It had all the ingredients of a shadowy villain, a sexy hero, a fiery damsel that will make those butterflies flutter in your stomach. So when Nandini walks up to Aditya and tells him “it’s over”, the romance quotient just heightens up.

Desi Style Verbal Mannerisms
When in Rome be a Roman. Ms. Dixit took this cliché very seriously. Hindi words have been sprinkled liberally all over the story. I almost felt the author was having a damn good time using them. A hint of laughter, a touch of passion and loads of oomph factors. But only for those who are well versed with Hindi. I don't grudge Ms. Dixit her liberal use of the colloquial language for in my everyday life I too think in “Hinglish”.

I am curious.
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Format: Paperback
Right Fit Wrong Shoe is typical Bollywood inspired story.
The protagonist's families are neighbors; Aditya, a big shot running family empire and Nandini, a simple girl next door. Boy meets girl. They hate each other at first sight. As time moves, more they bump into each other, more they fall in love. Finally when they confess their love to each other, tragedy strucks and lovers drift apart. How they meet again and then live happily ever after is what is Right Fit Wrong Shoe is all about.
As we read the book, we see the scenes like a typical Karan Johar inspired family drama (atleast that's how I saw the scenes).
Loved the titles which Varsha Dixit has given in the book; names of all movie flicks like Bol Radha Bol, Mother India, Jab we met, Yes Boss, Bombay, Main hu na etc. It shows the authoress is a full movie buff and has used the titles appropriately to match the stories in the book, absolutely loved that idea. I also liked the title of the book, 'Right Fit Wrong Shoe' which actually makes actually sets the reader into thinking about the unusual title.
In short fast paced, simple language, nice read for a total die hard romantic movie buff.
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