We Will Meet Again... Paperback – 2016
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Paridhi Mathur, dusky, beautiful, and (determined to be) single, is doing everything to keep her academic records high and her love life nil, but lady luck keeps frowning at her. When she meets Abhigyan Ambastha, rich - devastatingly handsome, intense and sometimes curt, her resolve wavers. Despite regular warnings from her ever-suspicious heart, she inexplicably gets attracted towards him. But she would not let him trespass her soul. Why? Is she scared of mendacious face of love her past has inflicted on her? Can Paridhi really trust Abhigyan? Will a blissful breeze of love ever kiss her heart? A heart-warming saga of dreams and desires, We Will Meet Again promises to make you smile and cry at the same time. Hold on to your hearts before embarking on this roller coaster ride of emotions!
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So, when I found that a free copy was being offered in Kindle, I swooped in on the opportunity. I began reading. A few pages into the book, and I was getting mixed feelings. The language was much better than I expected, but the story seemed to be running too fast. However, this opinion remained even after finishing the book.
The story is good—a sweet hate to love story—but quite predictable. It is a light read, so the characters and the story structure is simple and not too nuanced. However, the language is wonderful. I could see glimpses of literary writers like Khaled Hosseini and Chitra Banerjee Divakurani in the author’s writing style. Brilliant metaphors pepper the prose throughout the book. Having dipped myself in the pool of literary books in the recent past, finding such poetic language in a self-published commercial book did take me by surprise.
But the speed of narration somewhat infects the spell cast by the language. Sometimes, on a single page, four or five events happen, making it difficult for the reader to settle down. The book is riddled with punctuation and preposition errors, something that kept pushing me into puddles of disappointment. I think the book needed to go through one or two rounds of editing to iron out these deficiencies.
The author, though, like most debut writers, does fall into the trap of excessive telling sometimes. Although she doesn’t do that as much as some other writers I have encountered, I would suggest her to include a little bit more of showing—instead of summarizing events abruptly—in her prose.
The characterization was decent. But the main protagonist was a bit too irritating for my liking. I know it’s always good to create a character with gray shades, but there has to be some endearing trait in the character to allow the reader to root for him/her. I found that missing from the protagonist. Although the back story was well-written, but the scars didn’t seem to be deep enough to justify the present-day behavior of the protagonist. However, other characters were drawn well.
The story is linear and has a good flow. The dialogues are decent. The end, despite being predictable, is satisfying. The language—despite having several minor editing faults—is excellent. If the author polishes her writing skills and chooses a deeper story next time, I’m sure it will be lapped up by a good publisher, get a 5-star review from me and many others, and sell well.
I would like to wish her all the very best. 3.4 stars from my side.
Cover- The cover surely is eye catching and has soft colour scheme that mesmerises the readers.
Title- The title is enthralling and the way we come to know the literal meaning of it in the end is just perfect. A well thought title.
Blurb- We will meet again is the story of Paridhi, a mass media student in Delhi. Life for Paridhi is all about course assignments, lost pen drives and urgent submissions. Harried and running against an unexpected deadline, she bumps into Abhigyan, a young, good-looking, wealthy young man – every girl’s dream. This meeting however isn’t one bit romantic. She meets him again at her best friend’s wedding. While he is clearly falling for her she is rude and angry and rebuffs him all the way. However, Abhigyan is not one to give up easily.
Setting- The settings taken up in the novel is mind blowing. I am personally connected to Jalandhar as its my hometown and the way the author has told about Punjabi weddings is completely amazing. Every Punjabi can relate to it. Then the Delhi and Mumbai sequences are brilliant.
Plot- The plot construction is simple and gripping. It is devoid of any digressions. This is a story of PAridhi whose life journey from a mass student to an independent Magazine Editor is delineated in the book. In this course we come across, Abhigyan who enlightens Paridhi's life inthe most interesting way.
Themes- This novel has many themes and the way they cover every segment is impeccable. The major theme highlighted in this novel is Marriage. The story starts with a marriage sequence of Paridhi's friend where she comes across Abhgyan closely. THen, the other side is of PAridhi and Abhigyan's wedding. According to Paridhi, it is just Abhigyan's trick to satisfy his ego whereas the other side is different. The feelings before marriage are totally different in both the weddings. The earlier wedding has enthusiasm, happiness, craze while in latter,there is no happiness or smile of being getting married.
Love- HAte Relationship-PAridhi and Abhigyan share a love hate relationship which looks beautiful as well as entertaining. The way they argue over things and end up caring or helping each other is worth reading.
Friendship- This book is a celebration of friendship and the way Paridhi and her best friend stay is commendable. Both are eah other's confidantes and the way they stay with each other can remind you of your own best friend.
Parenthood- Paridhi is raised by her father who helps her in many ways. He always encourage her to do things and is proud of her. When he gets terribly sick, Paridhi turns no stone unturned to save him. SHe even accepts Abhigyan's presence as well as his money too. She does everything what a responsible daughter does in times of need.
Sisterhood- Paridhi shares a close bond with her sister and that is why she takes her to her friend's wedding. She always guard her like her own child. She even instructs her like a mother and shares secrets with her like her friend. When she wears her dress after she comes back from hostel is sweet. The sisters bond is very co- relatable.
Characterisation- The author has beautifully mastered in creating her characters. It can be said that the author has used limited characters and mastered them. The main characters turn out to be the best. Paridhi is an amazing girl who has dusky skin and is doing mass communication. She is an interesting character who is always busy in her tests, assignments and the way she look at things is different. She doesn't trust anybody easliy because of a terrible past. When she comes across Abhigyan she makes her own notions about him. Inspite of liking him she distance herself from him. She is a true friend, caring sister, adorable daughter. Abhigyan brings change in her life and tries his best to sort her notions.
Abhigyan is a rich guy with a drastic life which he never shares with anyone. He is helpful, caring, handsome and witty at the same time. When he comes across Paridhi, he is surprised to see a simple girl and the way she refuses him all the time. This boost him and he challenges her to win her heart. He takes care of everybody and becomes the apple of everyone's eyes.
Style- The author has used simple language to convey her transparent thoughts. The story is written in first person narrative. Some sentences are simply amazing. There are certain editing errors which looks like some black spots in the beautiful book. It is not a fairy tale but a common story told in a unique way.
Why I Liked the Book?
I am a Punjabi, Jalandharite and can relate to the location pretty well.
The relations like father- daughter, sisterhood are co- relatable and one can feel that its their story.
The story is infectious; once you start reading it you feel the need to know what happens next. I must add here that the story line is not something out of the box – in fact it is quite predictable and the plot is linear too. But, there is something about the book that connects it with the readers instantly. It is the author’s writing style and the characters in the novel which struck a chord in my heart and made the reading very enjoyable for me. I strongly have a feeling that the author is inspired by people around her to build all of them.
Paridhi is a simple and down-to-earth girl. Her character is very well sketched by the author. The way her relationship with her father, sister, her best friend, etc., is portrayed, various shades of her character bloom. Various incidents throughout the story also bring out the finer details - how protective she feels for her family, how it hurts her self-esteem when someone not from the family offers her monetary help, etc. However, I was hoping for a stronger reason in her past which makes her determined to stay away from Abhigyan.
The character of Abhigyan is like every girl’s dream hero. I did feel at times that he was too good to be true; such gentlemen are hard to find. Paridhi’s sister and her best friend Geet are very likable characters. The story is quite fast paced – lots of things happening and no dull moments. While it might not work for many – it did work for me as I was looking for a quick, breezy read. If you are looking for a beautiful romantic story for a journey or a light ready in between some heavy reads, just go for this one.
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