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Love, Again Paperback – 2015
Life is tough, and it becomes tougher when you need to make life changing decisions. Would you dare to love again? Would you allow yourself to be loved and to be cherished again? Many of us turn away from life, thinking that it is not for them but some take a leap of faith rewrite their story for the sake of love? Love, Again is a double header book bringing you two stories about chancing love again -These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan and A Tulip in the Desert by Shrruti Patole Clarence.
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These Lines of Mehendi----
The story of Lalitha and Shrikanth's 'Marriage of Convienence' touched my heart. The mushy moments, the confusion, regret and their journey towards union is beautifully narrated by Sumeetha. All the characters are well sketched and narration is fluid. The language is very simple and you can easily finish the story in one sitting. The story also questions some age old beliefs that are still followed in most parts of India.
A story that makes you think and also makes you fall in love with the couple.
A Tulip in the Desert----
A perfect blend of history, facts,mystery, adventure and love. Raj and Charmaine's journey is one unique story and I personally feel that this story can be a full length novel. Shrruti's in-depth research shows in her writing and in the description of Egypt and Amsterdam. There are some questions to which the answers are hidden and to unreveal those answers you have to go on a quest.
Raj and Charmaine too go to the depths of History to find that connecting thread between them. How the story ends??? You need to grab your copy to read further.
Both the stories are unique and entertaining, a perfect read for Romantic Souls <3
The second story, “A tulip in the desert”, is different in the way that it includes the flavor of Egyptian history too. The author has done sufficient research on Cleopatra and the twists and turn of events in the story keep the reader’s attention intact. The descriptions are picturesque and the plot has adventure mixed with strong emotions. This is one filmic story which leaves the readers wanting for more (A hint for the author to try converting this into a full fledged novella). The author has created a perfect balance between the personalities of the protagonists making it, altogether, an interesting read.
Kudos to both the authors!
The story is about Lalitha who has been widowed recently and how the stigma of being a widow affects every aspect of our life, even the business especially if you are in the beauty business. Our society is so soaked up in superstitions, beliefs and some redundant traditions that we are such an unhappy people who tend to make the lives of others miserable too. It does not matter if a woman is physically or mentally abused and tortured, she must bear it silently. It does not matter if her husband is a looser, drunkard or a leech, she should stick to him and carry on being a married woman rather than be ridiculed in the society as a woman who was abandoned by her husband. It is still a very big deal.
And Lalitha’s fate is similar too. Having left her husband after finding out that he was already in a relationship with his own sister-in-law, she finds solace in her work as a bridal makeup artist. She has a thriving business and her work is appreciated. But her fate changes after her husband commits suicide and she becomes a widow. It is considered inauspicious for a widow to dress up a bride and so her business suffers.
Then comes along Shrikanth, the guy ditched at the altar (almost) by his long time girlfriend and fiance and is afraid to get into a committed relationship. Circumstances bring Lalitha and Shrikant together and they get hitched. It is a marriage of convenience and her business improves once she is a married woman!
And…everything ends well. The story is simple and gripping. Right doses of emotions and romance. The characters are real and do justice to their roles. The editing is good making it an easy read.
A Tulip In The Desert:
This story has a great storyline about reincarnation, soul mates and destiny. Charmine is a history undergraduate student who has visions from the past. She is Charmion, the confidant and the first maid of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt. It is the story about finding the love of her life again in Raj who was previously Rufio, the confidant of Marc Antony. It is also coming into terms with the reality of their re-birth.
This could have made a very good read if not for the editing. The transition from the present to the past is confusing. The scene and the dialogue between Charmion and Cleopatra are repeated so much that I could repeat it by heart. Anju’s entry is sudden and forced.
Charmine is described as being beautiful with charming smile and sparkling eyes. That is what Raj and Anuj notice in her. But when it comes to Ira, Anuj notices her body first and then in the end, her eyes. I know it is far fetched, but make the guys fall in love with the intelligence and wit of a woman please…at least in the stories.
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