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Love Bi the Way Paperback – 2 Sep 2016
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The book is an amazing piece of fiction that brings out the most important aspect of making choices. India being a democratic country should do away with article 377 --By Prashanth on 3 September 2016
Love is like the truth everyone has their own version, the heart has its own justifications for love especially the one the world denies. Rihana and Zara had fallen in love, and they were now each other's truth.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. --By Ankita Chauhan on 11 September 2016
The Book isn't Just about bisexuality but explores new dimensions of relationships, love, care and affection whether it is with the servents or it is with their dog or between two girls or their boyfriends. In the end it is about freedom and choices. --By Manu on 3 September 2016
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. She holds two management degrees and a Ph.D. in Leadership from Pittsford University.
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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It revolves around the romantic lives of Rihana and Zara.
Rihana, a painter who paints love and the only love she seeks in real is the one made in bed.
She knows what men are made of and what they wants and every single time she is successful at making their blood rush to their groins. She is too glam to give a damn and she is aware of the fact that the only male that loves her unconditionally is Tiger, her golden retriever.
Her days are fuelled by inspiration and nights by passion and each time the man is different.
Zara, a businesswoman set to pave her path in the male dominant world and be truly independent. A soft hearted woman who just wishes to make peace with her past. She keeps to herself most of the time and the one time she opens up to Rihana is after gulping few glasses of wine.
The ladies have a series of romantic encounters with many men, including a Prince who charms Zara into making her feel like the beautiful woman she is and a few unfortunate incidents as well that make them open up to each other and slowly paves a way to their love to surface.
Its a treat to read the women make a pact with their past so that it doesn't bother them anymore and the way two independent girls deal with all the situations that they face. And in the end, how they fall in love and realise that all they need to cherish is their togetherness and the intimacy they share with each other that no other man had ever been able to reach.
The book summarizes change as the current society treats sex and every other thing related to it as taboo. Two women in love are neither socially nor legally accepted in our country and yet this book stands proud displaying all the love women can have in a healthy relationship.
Love doesn't need to be with someone of the opposite sex, you just go there where you find love.
The book is both sugar and spice. Zara's serenity and Rihana's talent depict the sweetness and the passion between the ladies and the men they spend their time with( I would like to mention the Prince) spices up the book.
The best thing about the book, the scenes were perfectly described, passionate, sexy yet nowhere near vulgar. The author has pulled off the scenes with such grace that most people aren't able to do.
The writing style is simple without the use of many gargantuan words which makes it an east and appreciable read.
Ratings- 3 stars out of 5
Though the feeling between the two could be felt, it would have been better if there were more words describing it
The book has been named " Love BI the way " which gives a view of a love relationship where the woman/man is confused whether he/she loves the man more or the woman while the plot is clearly of lesbian love.
The book clearly has a plot to inspire as the author and the editor have done a great job.
The book cover is really attractive and if you are someone who buy a book looking at its cover then you might end in buying this one too. The story revolves around two female protagonists: Rihana and Zara. They have a strong bond between them, may be they are bff or maybe they are soul sisters or maybe they have a different side to the story. If I disclose everything here, why would you care buying the book? *Winks*
Before commenting on the way of writing let me tell you my likings and disliking about the story.
Zara appears sweet and cute. Rihana appears to be hot. The start isn’t much interesting and you might need to drag yourself until the entry of Shaurya. The story gets interesting after that. I don’t understand the logic behind Rihana falling for every other male she meets. I mean, if she had fallen in love I would have understood the thing but falling for every male only for sex is something I couldn’t digest. Be it with Dr. Saif, the Flight Attendant, Zubair or Major Shergil, all she wanted was some hardcore sex.
The best thing about the book is its end. The author has kept the suspense till the last. Until you reach the last few pages of the book, you just can’t guess how the story will end. The end leaves a serious message to the society. The author has brilliantly written the book and editor has also done a good work to keep the book error free.
Likings: Cover Page, Friendship between Rihana and Zara, Out of box thinking by Author, The plot might not go well with many but still the Author dared to pen down. Admirable!
Disliking: Most of the pages are filled with Booze and Sex.
Love Bi The Way:
First of all, this book falls into the category of those books that once opened can not be put down until read till the last page, last word. It is because of the unique storyline and logical connections between all chapters, a good pace and characters that the reader of any age can resonate with. The story is a one of a kind and not conventional at all when it comes to new-age storytelling. Reading about an issue in the book such as homosexuality or bisexuality doesn't feel deliberate and rather slowly creeps into the reader's subconscious, letting the reader understand it better. More than that, this book is all about love and the choices we make to give it or get it, about evolving as a human being when in the company of someone who feels right, about letting your horrors out, about being independent monetarily and need to depend morally (and physically) and importantly, about pet love. A one book with a subtle balance of all emotions, from friendship to rage, from love to fear, this is a must read. In the end, this book will make the reader realise that there's a Rihana and a Zara in all of us.
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