- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8129151839
- ISBN-13: 978-8129151834
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,94,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Great Textpectations Paperback – 20 May 2018
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About the Author
Ruchi Vadehra belongs to a family of writers from both sides of parentage. Writing is thus homecoming to her. She began with conceptualizing and co-editing a neighbourhood community newsletter which inspired her to take forward her zest for words, people and travel through fiction. Ruchi lives with her husband and two children in New Delhi. Great Textpectations is her first book.
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I would like to divide this book into two parts. 1) Amaya's Life 2) The texts between Rohan and Amaya.
As I mentioned above, I really enjoyed the texts. They were witty (especially Rohan's), sometimes endearing. But, the book is not just about texts Amaya and Rohan share. It also covers Amaya's life, and here this book disappointed me.
Honestly, I did not want to know what was happening in Amaya's life, especially in the first half because it's too mundane for a fiction. There are so many characters --- Mihir, Tarun, Rupali, Piya, Raina etc. but I didn't find them interesting. And, that's my biggest problem in the book!
Also, the writing --- even though it's neat, it seems plain and too straight-forward. The narration doesn't evoke any feelings or emotions, however the texts exchanged between Amaya and Rohan certainly do.
I really liked Rohan but I liked him better in the texts. His real personality doesn't reflect that wit or charm that I found in his texts. The romance in this book is modern & quirky but it's too easy and convenient. Everything goes in a straight line, offering no surprise or twists to the readers.
The end of the story is satisfying.
Overall, it an easy and quick read with some interesting elements (Read 'Texts'). If you enjoy romance, if you like urban stories, this book can be a good companion.
The other character is the city where the story is based - Delhi - which plays a key role. Vadehra spotlights the city as the hub of entertainment and roaring nightlife within its hotspots such as Hauz Khas Village, the newer, upcoming Meherchand Market, and the culturally inclined India Habitat Centre.
In addition, there is an entire cast of sundry characters, most of whom are shown as Page 3 celebrities, dressed and accessorized in designer brands, who are regularly clicked by the shutterbugs at their usual haunts. Their lifestyle choices may leave much to be desired, yet they make for quite an eclectic set.
There is, of course, Rohan Kashyap, and Amaya's relationship with Rohan begins like one with an irritating acquaintance. She, who appreciates the comfort of silence during her online escapades, finds Rohan a nuisance. Then, owing largely to Rohan's persistence, they gradually start becoming friendly, sharing personal details every now and then, and trusting each other's insight for their professional decisions. Over time, their exchanges start getting flirty and Amaya begins to look forward to their online chats and texts.
Debut novelist Ruchi Vadehra peels away the layers to her lead characters almost entirely through text conversations. It is interesting to note how a long-distance dialogue is able to reveal so much about their personalities. That it can create so much misunderstanding, as is inherent with this mode of expressionless communication, is also played well into the story.
At the same time, I feel the narrative lacks the flow in continuity, especially where it breaks from the conversation between Amaya and Rohan and moves on to the next scene. This transition appears a little too abrupt and breaks the reader's chain of thought and visualisation.
What entertains you most, however, are the text conversations in the book. Fun, flirty, crisp, and blunt - these are the highlight of the novel. They bring energy into the narrative and keep the reader thoroughly entertained. As the name suggests, Great Textpectations is based literally and entirely on the premise of text expectations, and it sure is a treat to read. And the fact that one can still fall hopelessly in love in the time of text, makes this a read for all ages.
So, if the hot weather is getting too much to handle, pick up this easy breezy read this summer to keep you cool.
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Rupa does a great job with editing and printing again.
Overall, ‘Great Textpectations’ is a bag full of puns and messages. It addresses some of the most prevalent issues like patriarchy and feminism. A quick read, ‘Great Textpectations’ is witty yet relatable.
The book is funny at times. And the text chats between the main characters have been written in such a way, aligned right and left that it was easy for me to know who was the writer. I loved the book.