Glitter and Gloss Paperback – 9 Aug 2016
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About the Author
Vibha Batra is a copywriter by profession and a popular fiction writer too. Her literary pursuits took off when she translated her grandfather Late Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri’s book on the Ishaavaasya Upanishad. Among her recent titles are Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!) and Seventeen And Done (You Bet!), published by Penguin, Tongue in Cheek, a collection of poetry and A Twist of Lime, a collection of short stories. Another collection of short stories, Family Crossword, will be out in October 2015.
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Cover and Title- The cover is classy and the image perfectly suits it. This throws light on the glamourous world somewhere or the other. The title suggests that the story is about cosmetics , beauty salons and probably its sponsored by M.A.C as there is clear cut mention of this brand.
Plot- The plot is predictive still it binds the readers till the end. The story revolves around Misha is a makeup artist at M.A.C and bumps into Akshay one day. They fell for each other but as they say every story has a villain and his didi is one such person who wants a typical bahu for her brother. Will Misha be able to convince Didi? Does her love has enough power to hold back Akshay?
Characterisation- The author has beautifully portrayed her characters and my personal favourite is Misha who is a power house of energy. She never fails to make others feel awkward and her blabbermouth throws her in an awkward sitaution always. She is a makeup artist at M.A.C. She is hilarious and witty. The way she handles the things from her professional to love life is enthralling.
Akshay is the heir of Agarwal Jewellers who is tall,lean and a successful businessman. He falls for Misha but he loves his Didi so much. It is difficult for him to choose between his Didi and his love.
Style- If you are a grammar Nazi then surely, you will not love this piece but if you are reading like a layman and enjoying the witty, hunourous dialogues then surely, it is a treat to read Vibha's writing. The Bollywood dialogues keeps you hooked till the end but at times those Hindi phrases are a turn off. Overall, its an interesting read and can be converted into a comedy film.
This is the story of two lovers who are from opposites in life, family and places yet they just click. As is the case with love, it just feels and doesn’t bother with anything else. Misha is a makeup artist, sweet, silly and from a totally dysfunctional family. She meets Akshay during a fashion show and ends up saving him, not knowing he is the boss and not a model such a hunk he is.
She is totally smitten and he too falls for her quirky personality, sweet charm and cute looks. They meet up and everything just clicks. The love that is but other things are falling apart. A rich handsome guy, a bunch of cool friends and loving parents yet Misha manages to mess this up. It is a reflection of our youth who are undecided about their choices and unsure, uninformed opinions. A few heavy topics sorted with the light touch making it a breeze to read.
The book is unputdownable and totally zings with its youthful exuberance and issues. Misha is still trying to find her real self-much as she tries to doll up as the sister-in-law likes. Alienating friends and family, even Akshay is not spared.
An added twist that leaves everyone surprised adds to the storyline and that family matters. Glitter And Gloss is not just a love story but also a love that grows and learns. It is a sweet, funny, endearing book, perfect anytime read in the youthful, fresh trademark Vibha Batra style.
Glitter and Gloss is a hilarious 200 pages read and all of this because of the writing style. Its sassy with a little over the top drama. There are thoughts penned down which goes through every super-excited-about-everything person’s mind. The characters are ‘specimens’ and they will keep you engrossed until the end. Fast-paced and all jazzed up, there’s a lot of Satya Paul and Louis Vuitton going on throughout. There’s also a lot of M.A.C making appearances too. (On second thoughts, this book can be your guide to buy M.A.C products without wrecking your brains, at least for an amateur! JK :P)
Talking about disappointments, there’s the plot. I wasn’t satisfied with what was served to me. The plot is like any other saas-bahu story. But all of it is covered up with the perfect concealer (Yeah, Writing style again).
Vibha Batra has laid down a world of glamour and shown that “All that is gold does not glitter”. The presentation is impressive and right on point. Pick this book up when you want to have a good laugh and hear a love story at the same time.
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Nice to find romantic novels in a modern Indian set up.