- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Non Fiction (26 March 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351064492
- ISBN-13: 978-9351064497
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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When Hari Met His Saali (Harlequin General Fiction) Paperback – 26 Mar 2015
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It is a triangular path with humorous twists and turns. No, it is not at all a generally predictable story rather the author keeps you busy with workable signs and indications to continue turning the pages.
The story shares the incidents as a sister lands in her sister’s territory and how her, her sister’s and her love’s lives gets affected.
The characterization is strong as they carry their flavors with poise till the end. In addition to the three lead characters, the supporting characters – the friends; the family and the peers; are well balanced. Pick a parameter and the author has outperformed in doing justice to the role and the character.
Keep wondering about what happens, ” When Hari met his Saali”.
Hari Malhotra, much to the chagrin of Tia, is recklessly simple and unsophisticated. Born in an affluent Indian family in the United States of America, he thinks of himself as an American. Having dated Tia for six years, he feels it is natural that they are smoothly moving towards getting married. Although he doesn't like Tia's constant domineering and self important ways but he makes do, thinking that he is too fortunate to have a successful, beautiful and intelligent woman like Tia in his life.
Simi is a simple, naive and down-to-earth girl from Nagpur. After Tia left home to go to America, she has taken care of her widow mother and run her house like an adult; giving up her dreams of leaving Nagpur to make a career for herself.
Now Tia is getting engaged and Simi and her mother are invited.
What will you do if your fiance falls for your sister?
The story follows the misadventures of Simi, Tia and Hari with a spicy mix of laughter, romance, suspense and heartfelt emotions.
The book cover is colourful and vivid and instantly attracts the attention of the reader. The cover art is noteworthy and it promised a spicy story which it delivers. :)
The blurb is also very intriguing and eye catching. Succinctly and beautifully put, I think the blurb and the cover will definitely make a reader pick up this book while browsing in a bookstore. :)
Harsh Warrdhan is a screenwriter and it shows in his book where the story seems divided into scenes. The book is written in a narrative style and Harsh's writing engaged me right from the first page. Spot on comparisons and description of events, people and places shows that he has done meticulous research. An observant, well read and a creative person makes a good writer and I think Harsh falls in this category. He has written an intelligent piece of work which apart from entertaining also increases the knowledge quotient of the reader whether it be the knowledge of human emotions, places or the very interesting trivia that he shares in the book! The book also makes a lot of references to current trends and events which was fun and interesting but will appeal only if one is reading the book now.
The plot is well planned and executed. There are well organized twists and turns which keep the interest of the reader in the story. Although I didn't agree with some points that the author stated as truth in his book like the peer pressure among youngsters to lose their virginity before marriage in India etc., overall I enjoyed the story which is a fresh take on the new dynamics of love and relationships from a man's perspective this time.
The characterization is admirable. Tia symbolizes the many youngsters in India who crave to go to the United States and once there, make their best efforts to erase any signs of their foreign birth. They demean the culture they come from, the life they had been living in the past and also the people who always loved and supported them. Claiming and taking pride to be called all American, they often go to any lengths to show their superiority and cut any and every ties with their past. Tia also did the same thing. She left India and all her responsibilities towards her family behind. She never turned back to check on her mother or her younger sister. She tried to adopt every custom in America. She is shown as a egotistical, self-centered, snob who is only concerned about her own needs and wants. She insults Hari at every juncture, is rude and dominating. Same attitude goes with Simi and others. Her job is her life and in that she is successful.
Hari and Simi are lovable characters with their imperfections and yet love filled hearts. They are caring, warm and understanding people. Harsh shows that it is not the place but the beliefs that make a person who he is. Hari is born and brought up in America but still he, unlike Tia, has never tried to lose his individuality to merge in the American crowd. Simi has always been in India but she, too, is as simple and loving as Hari. Although, being kind and caring is good but people should also be assertive. Both Simi and Hari take all the crap from Tia and in return just think that maybe, it was their fault that Tia behaved this way!
Poor Hari is confused and provides all the fun. :)
“One loved me but wanted to change me. When I changed and became what she wanted, the other had issues with it. What kind of a man should I be?”
Hari's family and Tia and Simi's mother are an interesting bunch who add more flavour to the story. A deep insight to an Indian family living in a foreign land is given effortlessly by the author which was pretty interesting to read.
I laughed out loud, chuckled, smiled and also felt emotional while reading the book. The climax is suspenseful and had me sitting at the edge of my seat. :)
The story is interesting but some points didn't go down well with me like the reason Tia gives for me being like the way she is and all the crap that Hari takes but still goes along with Tia. I just didn't understand why he needed to do that. He is rich, single and can get any woman he likes so his behaviour was a bit of an enigma for me.
All in all, this is a book which takes a man's perspective to the whole love drama and gives us a story which will take you from the bustling city of Los Angeles to the small, peaceful city of Nagpur to the serene and beautiful city of Pondicherry on a ride that is bound to shake you and shock you. A promising debut by Harsh, I definitely look forward to reading more from him in the future. A book that has all the ingredients to making a great Bollywood movie, I give When Hari Met His Saali 4 out of 5 and recommend that you go read this book if you love chick-lit and are looking for a fresh story full of humor and entertainment. :)
This review is also available on my blog Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff
Hari is really a funny character. Funny is maybe not the right word. Let’s just say I know that guys like Hari do exist. His insecurities, his idiosyncracies and his goof ups all add up to create the species we call MALE. Tia and Sim Sim – oops sorry!.. Simi are also very realistic characters.
When I started reading the novel, I had my doubts. A male’s perspective in Mills and Boon – after Victoria Gordon I did not think we would see this day. But I suppose now it will be interesting to see what else Harsh Wardhwan will pull out in the near future.
Tia and Simi are sisters. While Smi in in India looking after her mother, Tia had left home for greener pastures in the US. She has a life to be envied, a good salaried job and a rich and loving fiancé, Hari. Well, loving being debatable. But they both live in the bubble of a happy life and being perfect for each other.
That was till Hari hadn’t met Simi, his would be Saali. But here again, it is nothing like alpha heroes meets a damsels in distress. In fact, I was wondering if I have missed a line or two where the heroine blushes and the hero looks deeply into her eyes and smiles sardonically. I hadn’t. In fact the Hero was scratching his ….. (Me shaking my head in utter surprise!)
Now Hari is caught between the sisters! Now, as a writer or reader, please don’t think ordinary. Harsh came out with an ‘out of the box’ idea- Hari is hypnotized into falling in love with Simi.
So, what does Hari do after he comes out of hypnosis ?
Tut tut.. don’t let your jaws drop !
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