- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House India Private Limited; Latest edition (2 September 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143425293
- ISBN-13: 978-0143425298
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.8 x 29.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 85 customer reviews
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About the Author
Bhaavna Arora is the bestselling author of The Deliberate Sinner and Mistress of Honour. Before her foray into writing, she was heading a business school as a director. She also trains students and professionals on leadership, and holds two management degrees. A fourth-generation army kid, Bhaavna is a true patriot. She enjoys reading, travelling, swimming, horse riding and playing sports, and has a fancy for big bikes and cars.
From the Publisher
A Conversation with Bhaavna Arora
Q. How did you arrive at the idea for the book?
Bhaavna Arora: I'm not a writer who can write a conventional love story, because unlike other commercial authors, I don't have any. I write stories on subjects that are relevant and thought provoking, yet entertaining. You just can't take entertainment out of a commercial fiction and to entertain is our first job as commercial authors. I believe that a book should make you laugh, make you cry, make you hate a little and love a lot. Above all it should leave you with seeds of thoughts and ideas. If a book doesn’t make you do all this then the author in my opinion has gone wrong somewhere. Hence I decided to pen down this RomCom that could open a debate about love without any bias. The bias could be anything from caste, religion, states, countries, families or even gender. Can we look at love without the parameters it is judged on? Can we allow it to exist freely and independently? Can we have a choice? These are some of the biggest concerns about love addressed in this book.
Q. Your debut novel ‘The Deliberate Sinner’, explored themes like infidelity and sexual dissatisfaction of women within a marriage. ‘Love Bi the Way’ appears to be a love story between two women. The subjects that you take on for your books are sensational, controversial even. Is this deliberate? Why did you chose to explore the subject of homosexual love in this book?
Bhaavna Arora: I think I'm quite versatile as a personality and it reflects clearly in my writing too. My readers will meet a new Bhaavna, (even literally) every time they will read my work. The Deliberate Sinner specifically talked about "a woman’s orgasm", a subject that is often ignored a great deal because of our social upbringing. I've done my bit to change the perception of at least my readers and the response was tremendous. I was flooded with fan mails like never before. It also addresses the issue of infidelity and how it is perceived differently by the society when a woman commits it, vis-a-vis a man.
My second book is an intense, deep, patriotic love story set in an Army backdrop. There I have talked about operations, wars, insurgency, fighter planes, commandos and an unwed mother who wants to give birth to a child. It's nothing new, but the projection of the love story with the patriotic angle in the book is beautiful.
Love Bi the Way, as I mentioned, is a RomCom that will tickle your bones and at the same time sensitize you to the challenges faced by "love" and lovers in the Indian society. It has all the elements in the right proportion to give you a soul replenishing experience.
Q. Tell us more about your two protagonists Rihana and Zara. What makes each of them standout, what brings the two together?
Bhaavna Arora: Rihana, like in all my other books, is a strong-minded girl. Rihana is my protagonist in all my books, starting from The Deliberate Sinner. In Love Bi the Way, she is a successful painter. She is fun loving and extrovert, whereas Zara is an introvert successful business woman. They've had their own individual experiences in the past and are fighting their demons, bent on not giving up on life. It's a cliché, but opposites attract, and it's their comfort, ability to confide in each other, care and above all love that brings them together. It's a very interesting story that will keep you hooked till the end.
Q. Is this a feminist book? It appears that your two central characters need to make a choice, which has a direct bearing on their happiness. This choice may not go too well with prescribed social norms.
Bhaavna Arora: The word "Feminist" has come to acquire totally different meaning for different people. I try and stay away from this word, though I am a liberal girl myself, with firm faith in the equality of the sexes. But yes, the book challenges the social norms. It will force people to think, and think deep. The book promises to leave an impression. It's not only about two women falling in love, but also the challenges they face despite being successful in their respective careers. Along with all this, it's a funny and witty read.
Q. Aren’t you apprehensive about the backlash you may face for writing a love story about two women? We are after all still a very conservative society, where homosexuality is considered illegal.
Bhaavna Arora: I'm ready to be punished for it, even if it's 377 times.
Q. Who do you think is the audience for this book? Who have you written it for?
Bhaavna Arora: This book is for all the people out there who have the courage to stand up for something that is humane. I've written it for all my fellow Indians who could accept love in the purest of its forms and bring a positive change.
Q. What kind of change in outlook towards homosexual relationships do you hope to bring with this book?
Bhaavna Arora: The truth about change is that it is constant and slow. I don't expect things to change suddenly. I'm not even looking at a revolution, but this book is definitely a sumptuous food for thought.
Q. Who are your literary forbearers, your mentors?
Bhaavna Arora: One and only Paulo Coelho. Also, I was guided by my physics professor, Prof Surindra Lal.
Q. What are your reading right now?
Bhaavna Arora: I'm reading Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. It was pending for too long.
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What a thrill to find such a book which comes to you naturally, you just flow with the words wrapped into emotions. Love Bi the Way is an unputdownable piece of work. Although it is my second read by Bhaavna Arora. Past Year, I have enjoyed Mistress of honour, based on the army kids and their lives. Here I want to state that when in recent times every author comes with contemporary romance novels, Bhaavna Arora wins the hearts by exploring the different themes, without lacking the fun of reading.
If I say Love Bi the Way is the LGBT read that would be wrong. Although theme was based on the love relation shared between two women but it is more than that.
Love Bi the Way is the story of bondage of human emotions, exploration of different facets of friendship, societal norms, disheveled morality and freedom.
Basically it is a story of two girls Rihana and Zara. They became roommates by chance and friends by choice but how this bonding leads to make them lover? When I started reading this book, I was amazed to see that both the girls carry different persona, Zara is shy who gets hesitated evertime Rihana cracks a mo-so-usual-joke, Zara behaves under societal pressures whereas Rihana was a free chirpy bird, a painter by profession, who takes life as it comes, Rihana has the ability to lighten any serious situation with her indomitable spirit. twist comes into the story when Rihana trying to solve the issues of Zara's past and helping her get back to life but zara realized that this all-go-happy girl Rihana also has a dismembered past which is more tragic than hers.
Plus there is a Dog, named Tiger, this story can't be complete without the presence of that four-legged angelic character, if you are a pet lover, you instantly feel the connection.
I loved how Author Bhaavna Arora weaved the most controversial and unconventional topics with myriads of punches and humour that makes this book undoubtedly profound. It stirred up the soul as well as entertaining.
The best thing about Narration of Love Bi the Way that while picking up the most controversial topic, story doesn't categorize anything, there are child abuse, intimate scenes, a ruffled marriage but author showed them in such a manner that provide freedom, readers think without any preconceived notion. Language is so simple, flows in one direction, you don't want to stop. If you going to spend a lovely weekend with a book, You can consider this gorgeously queer piece.
How can you give happiness if your account is empty? I know your life has been chaotic, but chaos also takes a concrete form at some point and that form can be divine and evil. It is up to you to choose, according to me the most powerful weapon to end a war is forgiveness. The human mind is a wonderful thing; it forgets pain after some time.
Loyalty is the rarest yet the most desired virtue in a relationship and I believe that there is something drastically wrong with one's character if opportunity controls your loyalty
When a heart seeks love, the world cannot stop it, as no higher principle should govern it.
Author – Bhaavna Arora
Page – 239
Format – Paperback
Language – English
Publisher – Penguin Random House India
This is something that I have never read before. This should not be listed under romance in future rather under revolutionary book. The book cover is extremely alluring and bold. In the event, that you are somebody who purchase a book seeing it’s cover, you may end in purchasing this one as well.
Story revolves around the romantic lives of Rihana and Zara. It broke the stereotypes. The book holds something different, bold and unique than the other books falling under similar category. Topic is powerful and Story is gripping.
Rihana, a painter who paints love and the main love she looks for in genuine is the one made in bed. Rihana appears to be carefree and always looking for sex.
Zara, a business women set to clear her way in the male prevailing world and be independent. Zara seems sweet and adorable.
The title is snappy and also discussing the dialect than it is clear and a few lines are exceptionally catchy. The plot comprises of numerous emotions which includes Love, Friendship, Domestic violence and LGBT love. Each and every detail of the characters, their life styles, relationship with others were penned down beautifully.
The story keeps running at a quick pace, so much that it's easy to lose track yet hard to put down. However, i found it little dragged somewhere in the middle. The language used is extremely easy to grasp & relate to. What I accept is the feature of this book is the writer's endeavor to expound on subjects which are viewed as taboos in our society, she depicts the situation of the LGBT people group great and likewise some social disasters as well. This book is most likely an honorable endeavor to convey such subjects to standard.
I appreciate the manner in which the author has moved toward the troublesome subject of homosexuality and I should state, the adoration the 2 ladies share is equivalent stirring for a straight lady. She demonstrates that fascination is of the spirit.
Kudos to the author for writing such a bold concept and a strong idea.
It's highly recommended if you want to read different other than typical love story
Book Title – 4/5
Book Cover – 4.5/5
Narration – 4/5
Language and Grammar – 4.5/5
Final Rating – 4/5