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Love Forever @ Rajpath Paperback – 12 Feb 2016
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“A simple love story with a gripping twist.” — HT City (Delhi)
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About the Author
Kalpana Mishra is a Deputy Director in the Government of India. She’s also a visiting faculty to a number of government institutes, schools, colleges and universities, spreading awareness about various issues like gender sensitisation at work place, other gender issues, communication skills, etc. She’s a contributor reviewer and blogger on various blogging sites and her short stories, poems and articles have been published in leading publications. Her varied interests include acting, writing, voicing and sports. She stays in Delhi with her husband and two kids.
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Cover- The cover of the book is mind blowing and romantic can be better said. The colour scheme is peaceful and somewhere or the other it has the picture of a monument which happens to be in Delhi.
Title- Honestly speaking, the title is bit diverging if you just see there but when you start reading it and come at a page where the literal meaning is delineated, it doesnt look diverging then. It is an apt title.
Plot- The plot is intriguing and revolves around the lives of Shalini and KArtik who are government employees. The way they fell for each other and how they convince their families and fulfill their dreams is rest of the story.
Two Communities- This novel covers Sindhi society and Bihari society. The female protagonist, Kalpana belongs to Sindhi community whose family is open minded and has no problems in choosing the partner while on the other hand, Kartik belongs to a conservative society who are staunch followers of caste system and love marriage is considered as a sin in their community. They are rigid about women clothes and are very traditional. So both Shalini and KArtik leave no stone unturned to convince thier families.
Zabaria Shadi- This book has highlighted a concept which is unknown to most of the people and only Biharis are acquainted with this. Zabaria Shadi is a type of marriage in which the groom is forced to marry the girl for which he is beaten, abducted and if something serious happens, he is killed. The author has done a thorough research about it.
Picture of Woman- The author has given us two aspects about women which are both opposite to each other. Firstly, Shalini works at a place where she is the only woman working there and one other woman in the other section. This shows that woman is being accepted everywhere and there is no difference between man and woman. Further, when Shalini went on a trip she was with men and everyone made her feel comfortable, atleast tried their best especially Swami Sir who took extra care of her.
The next incident is totally opposite as when they were travelling, they noticed that there were no women urinals which created a lot of problem for Shalini, for which she had to sneak in someone's house.
This book at one side show us the society where women are accepted happily but then there is another side of society where women are not allowed to wear jeans and they are staunch about many things related to women.
I even noticed that women are judged everywhere. When Shalini was frank Kartik's friend told him that Delhi girls use guys and throw them after sometime. If any misunderstanding takes place his judgement starts. The auhor through these incidents wants to give both the sides of the coin and it is well interpreted.
Dowry- Though dowry was not completely involved but talks about it were always there. Kartik was against it while his family strongly believed it. Whereas Shalini and her family was against it. This Zabaria Shadi episode took place because of this thing only.
Characterisation- The author has beautifully portrayed the characters. Shalini is an extrovert who is free to make her decisions. he loves her family and in return they also respect her independence and decisions. Whereas, Kartik is an introvert and takes a lot of time to express his thoughts. His family is conservative and staunch believers of caste system, Dowry and customs.
STyle- THe book is written in a simple, lucid language which is easy to comprehend. There are certain lines which makes us laugh while some makes cry. The book is written in omnicient narrative. The descriptions are well written and explained. One can visualise the situations. There were minute typo errors which can be easily corrected but the heavy issues discussed here surpasses this.
Being a wanderlust, I also liked the way the Author Kalpana Mishra has described about the trip of all the trainees during their training peried. The language of the novel is not pompous and is easy to understand. The Author very smartly highlights the social issues of dowry, zabaria shadi, inter-caste marriage, etc. which are the major concern of our country these days. The author beautifully conveys the message that two hearts can unite anywhere irrespective of the caste or place. The novel also portrays a strong character of women of 21st Century.
There arrives situation when Shalini was forced to chose between her love or to go against him to take stand for something that she felt wrong? What will she chose? Will she be able to let Kartik go away from her life? She has to chose any one among two choices- her love Kartik or to fight for the right cause . Just grab your copy of Love Forever @Rajpath to find all the answers.
Honestly I loved this book. This is the debut book of Kalpana Mishra and she has presented the story in a decent way.
This is a simple story of a practical girl Shalini and a bihari boy Karthik.
There is something special with the name Karthik as whenever I see this name story itself become beautiful for me. Let’s come to the story.
Shalini is a Delhi girl with lots of confidence and does have a transparent relationship with her parents. She comes out as a girl whom one could be comfortable with and fall in love with. Her character portrays honesty, determination and bravery. She is kind of a girl who is capable to take a stand against wrong. While Karthik belongs to an orthodox family and does not share very friendly bond with it’s members
Shalini is a kind of girl who can do anything for her man and would go to any extent to save her relationship while Karthik is always about howhis family will react when they come to know about their relationship. He was always more concerned towards his family rather than his girlfriend and was ready to leave her if his family doesn’t approve of their marriage. He lacks heroic characters while Shalini is more transparent in the relationship. There is also a new concept of Jabariya Shadi (Forceful Marriage) which seems to be common in Bihar. Shalini saves Karthik from such marriage and decides to punish the culprit but this decision of her costs her relationship. Karthik seems to be negative effect on Shalini’s life sometimes but She handles everything with smartness.
This is a decent story with lack of romance scenes but you will definitely love it. The language of the book is simple and sweet which makes readers to read it fluently. The title of the book “Love forever @ Rajpath” seems to be appropriate as they used to meet at Rajpath.
Cover of the book also interest readers and is very beautiful.
Go buy this book and you will not regret.
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