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The Rule Breakers Paperback – 17 Sep 2018
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Preeti Shenoy is among the highest-selling authors in India and has been featured on the Forbes India long-list of the most influential celebrities. India Today has named her as being unique for being the only woman in the best-selling league. She has given several talks in many educational institutions including the IITs and IIMs.
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The kind stranger from a foreign land, whose friendship with Veda and Kanika changes him forever.
The girls rushed inside and found their mother in the kitchen with Paro didi. The delicious aromas of all kinds of savouries wafted from the kitchen. They could see that whoever was coming was important, judging by the culinary preparations that were underway.
‘Ma, what is this that Papa is saying? Why should didi wear a saree?’ demanded Vidya.
‘We are expecting visitors, girls. Both of you go and change into some nice clothes quickly. And Veda, please wear that pink chiffon saree that you wore for your school graduation ceremony. Wear some of my jewellery too, I have laid it all out for you. Brush your hair and leave it loose. And yes, apply some make-up as well. There is a marriage proposal for you.’
‘What?’ asked Veda, stunned. You heard me. They are coming home today to see you,’ said her mother, as she expertly peeled boiled potatoes. ‘Who are they, Ma?’ asked Veda, unable to believe what she was hearing.
Some people who are related to the boy. Now go and get ready quickly,’ her mother waved her away, as though it was a common, everyday occurrence.
Veda could not believe this was happening. ‘I … I don’t want to get married, Ma. I don’t want any boy to see me,’ she protested meekly. ‘Veda, you know what our situation is. We have four girls. And this marriage thing - it all takes time.
Just because we start the process doesn’t mean you are getting married. But we should start looking for boys now itself. Then, by the time you finish your college and all of that, something might click,’ her mother said, a little impatiently.
‘But Ma - ’ Veda tried to reason with her. But her mother wasn’t having any of it.
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Veda (the protagonist) with her dreams, broken dreams and new dreams helps you understand that the Rules You Break somewhere mold you and Bring the Inner You Out. Take this journey and go through torrid emotions that come with deep friendships, loss and the fight between your heart and brain to be a Rule Follower or a Rule Breaker.
Amongst the Simple and highly interesting plots, sub-plots- You are in Awe of What Magic Preeti Shenoy can create with her words- she simply paints pictures with her words in your mind. At one point- you are breathing the fresh mountain air in Joshimath and feel claustrophobic the other moment while sitting in a cramped flat in Pune. This story is of Liberation- Finding the Rules That Actually Define You!
It is surely one of the matured and sensitivity- laden stories that you will only put the wings beneath your wings! Here's to many many more!
One tip- Dont Binge read it- let the words hit the right corners of your mind and create its magic.
Anyone just can connect to the story. The story talks about sibling bonding, friendship which has been shown beautifully through letters.
Veda the main protagonist who is strong willed & determined yet timid & passive stands out very well throughout the book and the reader can relate to the character. It can be any individual in general who follows all the rules and struggles to stand up for themselves due to societal conditioning.
Her sudden unplanned marriage,initial marriage troubles,deteriorated performances in academics,the societal conditioning she was brought up with due to which she keeps mum when she is being humiliated in order to adhere to her rules. How she steps out of her comfort zone and breaks the rules & discovers herself is the crux of the story.
How she overcomes it in the end has been described beautifully.
Quotes like 'Carve Your Path' and many other thoughtful sentences are just very simple yet so deep.
The other part in the story is SANKALP an organisation which tries to do it's bit to help children from poor families which is the turning point in Veda's story which describes the struggles,challenges the school children from the poor families go through to educate themselves. Just moves you so much and sub consciously motivates to contribute for their well being.
The challenges,efforts the trio Kanika,Veda and Ron go through to stabilise and keep it going to ensure students benefit till the end to achieve their goal of 100% results of Class 10 is just terrific. Kanika's character as a no-nonsense,firm yet sensitive and a sympathetic is terrific.
Best Sequence in the story : The confrontation with the Inquiry Committee.
Best characters in the story : Veda, Vidya,Kanika,Bhuwwan
Funny characters in the story : Ron(his troubles to get used to Indian culture during his stay in Pune), Sanju.
Exceptional,thoughtful,realistic & terrific writing by Preeti Shenoy.