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About the Author

Varsha thinks of herself as a borderline obsessive-compulsive dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. A true ‘feel good’ junkie seeking quick fixes, she loves a good laugh, good movie and a good book in the order. A voracious reader of murder and grotesque mysteries, Varsha sat down to pen a book on serial killers but finding it impossible to maim or kill, even on paper, she penned a romantic story instead. Thus, she found her true calling. Currently, Varsha is living with her husband and daughter in USA.

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Product details

  • 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: #31,836 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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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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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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As the blurb says, the story begins at the ending of Nandini and Aditya Sarin's story. And from here you go in the reverse direction. As Aditya is returning back to India and to Nandini's town, she is worried sick of facing him. His last warning keeps ringing in her ears as she tries hard not to imagine what the encounter with Aditya might unravel. And what's worst is Aditya takes over the company Nandini works for. But one thing is evident. The sparks are very much there. So will the sparks lead to something more? Or will Aditya get his revenge? You have to read this novel to find out more.

Things that I Liked:

The way the story started. It keeps the reader guessing what might have happened before that has led to this path in the protagonists' life.
The sense of humor. There are many instances that will make you laugh hard.
The writing style and the narration were a plus point.
The love - hate relationship between Aditya and Nandini. It left me asking for more.

Things that I didn't Like:

Too much bollywood-ish.
I would have liked this book more if the editing was good.
Dramatic ending!!


All in all, the book was a great read. I enjoyed reading it. Definitely had me hooked for the period I was reading it. I would suggest it to anyone who is looking for a quick and light read. But don't go for it if you are a grammar nazi!! If not, then pick it up and enjoy reading the spicy story of Nandini and Aditya Sarin.
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