Dancing with Demons (Harlequin General Fiction) Paperback – 3 Nov 2014
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About the Author
Nidhie Sharma is a Writer-Director living in Mumbai, India. She has studied filmmaking and screenwriting from New York University and has previously graduated with honors in English Literature. Sharma was raised in a liberal Armed Forces environment and has extensively travelled across the world. An adventure sports enthusiast, she is passionate about telling human stories set within the action genre. Her deep love for music and her connection with the audio-visual medium finds its way into her writing. She is a witty orator and enjoys public speaking. Having directed documentaries and travelogues for the American and European markets and worked on American indies in Los Angeles, Sharma is directing a mainstream Bollywood film based on this novel. Dancing with Demons happens to be her debut novel.
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Your flaming lust lights up my fire
I admit it, I’m not a liar,
I am your man tonight for hire
-Nidhie Sharma, Dancing with Demons
There are books and then there are stories. In the recent years, I have found my reading interest waning. I generally blame it on the lack of time or too many reads available. But then comes along a novel like Dancing With Demons that makes me read it anytime of the day and anywhere. By anywhere, I literally mean that - anywhere. In the taxi ride, being stuck in the gym or on the train while traveling to Goa. This novel is a sure page-turner.
Karan Pratap Singh, a larger-than-life character stops you for a moment and makes you visualize your favorite hero. Beads of sweat on his forehead as his eyes narrow at the sight of his opponent, muscles tensing. How can he not make those butterflies flutter in your stomach?
And then enters Sonya, the kick-ass heroine. So with a boxer on one hand and a fiery heroine on the other, how can a love story be boring?
There are very few books which transport you to the scene of action. When you can visualize the entry of the hero, the underplayed sensuality between the protagonists and the raw anger coursing through the veins of the hero.
I suppose we should credit such a piece of art to the author's professional background but for me as a reader, this was sheer pleasure.
Everything has been visualized. I found myself inside the boxing ring when the fight started. I found myself fearing the consequences when Sonia met Somnath. I was puzzled by the reaction of the man on the wheelchair, especially after he wheeled out after Karan fell down to his doom.
The Style of Writing.
There's always a cliffhanger effect throughout the story. It is not only the romance but also the events that surround Karan's life. For a man merged into oblivion he sure has a lot of things happening in his life.
The Buildup of a Love Story.
If only you knew how badly I want to… oh, put on a damn shirt, you gorgeous man. Was he doing this on purpose? Strutting around bare-chested to see my reaction? I hope I didn’t give myself away.”
The paths that leads to the romance between Karan and Sonia are the best moments of the story. They don't fall in love instantly. They don't roll on their bed instantly. But there is a slow accumulation of feeling between the hot-headed boxer and the mad, fiery girl.
“This style was often called infighting and the fighters were called swarmers.”
This novel required a lot of research no doubt. The boxing ring details were described to perfection and in fact, that made me also do a Google search.
The Reason for the Star Rating
Cover- The color scheme of the book is blue and black. It has a boxing field and down there is couple who seems to be standing on the road. The cover of the book gives us the glimpse of the novel.
Title- Dancing with Demons is the title and I feel it perfectly suits the book as the characters fight with their inner demons and the way they struggle to overcome them is being shown here.
Blurb-Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.
Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.
When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?
Dancing with Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection.
Plot- The plot is simple yet complicated. The two protagonists' stories start in the middle of nowhere. When mysterious Sonia KApoor starts staying at Karan Pratap Singh's things take a turn. Both face the hurdles of the life and sooner or later they start developing feelings for each other. But the demons and their dark past stops them to come close. When their past starts coming in their present things take a different road. The plot construction is crisp and to the point. There was no digression.
Characterization- The art of characterization is phenomenal. I really loved Karan and Sonia's character. Sonia is a round character who changes her behavior according to the situation. She is mysterious lady with a dark past. Her actions speak louder than words and the way she handles the shopkeeper and other goons is breathtaking. When she falls for Karan she waits for him to return to her. She silently prays for his victory.
Karan Pratap Singh is the heart throb of every girl whose image almost fades after the fight and his rude attitude. The ban makes his life more miserable. Slowly he tries to collect the broken pieces of his life but sooner or later he comes across more and more of mess. Sonia's entry in Karan's life brings a change in him though he never acknowledged her. he tried hard to become as hard as rock but the soft corner in his heart makes him fall for her. But he is unable to confess her as her past creates lots of issues in their lives. He tries hard to mend the things and always stuggles with his demons.
Theme- The main theme is of Guru Shishya. Karan and Jerry were really close. When Karan messed up at the field Jerry was extremely hurt. He felt as if all his struggle to make this boy a champion went in vane. he disconnected himself with KAran till his ban. Karan worked hard to get back his trust. This side of the novel is innocent and nostalgic.
The other theme is of love. Karan and Sonia fall for each other but their bitter pasts never let them come close. Though they went through trials and tribulations yet they were inseparable.
STyle- The novel is written in third person narrative. The poetic diction on the book serves as an icing on the cake. Further, the way this story is delineated is impeccable. Moreover, The variety of sentences brings positive vibes. The paper quality is amazing.
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