‘Take 2’ is an interesting plot with ample doses of drama and witticism. The dialogues between friends are wholly entertaining, and descriptions meticulous. The pace of the story, a bit slow in the beginning, picks up momentum in the later half. Despite some interesting twists in the tale, the end was more or less predictable. I do notice a certain degree of immaturity and inconsistency in the conduct of the principal players. Priya vows to hurt her husband, Sameer, very badly for deserting her and, at the same time, begs him to come back to her, knowing too well that he is a gone case! That doesn’t sound convincing to me, though such behavior is not uncommon in certain sections of our society. Sameer, who wants a divorce, is a real crook, and a bit of a clown, who has the audacity to ask her for money while sleeping with another woman. On the other hand, Priya is hanging on to her marital tag a trifle too longer. She should’ve discarded that rogue like an old shoe a lot earlier instead of chasing him pointlessly. Abhi enters Priya’s life like a breath of fresh air and captures her heart. She is clearly besotted by him, but is in a constant state of denial, wondering whether to pursue that angle or not. Abhi has similar feelings for her, but he camouflages his real feelings behind the garb of a good Samaritan, willing to help her cope with her dilemma. Much to the anguish of Abhi, Priya decides to maintain her distance from him. Exasperated by her vacillation and tantrums, Abhi too chooses to keep away from her, but not for long. The author has handled the court scenes quite deftly. The drama that unfolds after the discovery of the false plaster is quite hilarious. The villains in the case were understandably not professionals. What surprises me most is how swiftly Abhi and Priya embrace each other after so much of blowing hot and cold. That profound moment of joy seems to have been rushed over—and lacks in depth, in my humble opinion. Perhaps the author could’ve stretched the emotional content a bit more before they finally unite. I for one would’ve liked to see Priya—who sheds tears all too frequently—bursting out in tears of happiness and burying her face in his chest, and Abhi smothering her with wet kisses. A nice book to read on a rainy day.
Meet Priya, a fierce, beautiful and independent young lady from Delhi who is the protagonist of the story. Priya is a software engineer who loves her job. A damsel in distress and yet a fierce lady who doesn't go down without a fight; that is Priya Mathur for you.
Meet Abhimanyu Malhotra, aka Abhi, is very successful at the age of 28 and is an eligible bachelor. Hot and dashing, he has many girls falling for him but his heart skips a beat whenever he meets Priya. An awesome cook, a gentle soul, the knight without shining armor (wink) and a dependable friend; that is Abhi for you.
When Abhi sees Priya at the pub, for him it is love at first sight. He hadn't felt this strongly for anyone in his entire life but when he finds out that Priya is married, his heart is crushed. Though he convinces himself that it was nothing more than an instant attraction and he would stay away from her, Priya's thoughts and her face keep invading his mind.
Torn from the news of her husband Sameer cheating on her, the last thing Priya want is attention from another male. When Sameer asks for a divorce, Priya is not ready for it. All she wants is to get back with him somehow and stay away from Abhimanyu. Or at least that is what she thinks.
But when destiny throws them together, their resolves waver. So close, yet so far, they fight the attraction that they feel for each other. Priya, haunted by her past, isn't ready to place her trust on anyone again. Does that mean she will never be able to trust Abhi? Will she be able to look past her troubled past and listen to her heart? Will she be able to take the second chance at happiness that life has given her?
Things I Liked:
The story is narrated from both Priya and Abhi's view point, making it all more interesting. The narration is smooth and the language easy to read.
I liked the way the characters are portrayed. Priya, though troubled and broken, has a fierceness and a streak of self esteem that makes the readers like her instantly. Abhi, with is chivalry and magnificent culinary skills, doesn't take long to leave an impression either. Aditi and Rahul's banters, their loyalty to their friends and Komal's bubbly ways all make the story more fun to read.
I also like the court scene and Priya's curt and precise answers and of course the slap and the epic tagline ;) (Oh! I am not giving out anything more)
Things I Disliked:
I wish there was little more about Aditi and Rahul or at least what would happen to them in the end. A few minor typos were there but nothing major to put off the reader.
For a debut author, Ruchi has done a great job. Take 2 is a light and breezy read that you will love. Pick it up if you are a romance lover. You won't regret it!
Very engaging. Characters and situations are well defined. Dialogues are interesting and witty.
Just a few little things here and there - like sometimes, I couldn't understand who is speaking as many times it's just 'she' or 'he'. Or giving Aspirin when Dengue is suspected (I almost screamed, NO! However, these little things did not affect the charm of the love story). Also, it gets a little repetitive/stretched at times.
Overall, just like Jugnu, I enjoyed reading this book thoroughly. Looking forward to her next.
I started reading Ruchi’s blog during the last April’s A to Z Challenge where she wrote Flash Fiction based on life’s philosophy or mood or emotions, interpreted using colours. And was I impressed? Every day of the week, I actually looked forward to read her stories. Yes, they were that amazing! When I got an opportunity to read and review her debut novel, I grabbed it immediately.
I started reading Take 2, one dull afternoon and finished reading it in a span of few hours. Yes, I read Take 2 at one go! Speaks a lot about the book, isn't it!
Take 2 is a tender story about love lost and love redeemed. The story opens in the midst of a heart-breaking betrayal. Priya’s two year old marriage breaks when her husband announces the D word over the phone. As Priya goes through an emotional roller-coaster ride, her friends form a big support system for her. Abhimanyu … Aah! Abhimanyu...swoon...he is a perfect male character. He is successful, strong willed, compassionate, loving, and patient. As a knight without the shining armour, he helps Priya to come out of her failed marriage but ends up falling in love with her. Their respective value systems come in the way of their desires and they choose to look the other way. The story is also about true friends and what they can do for each other.
From the very beginning of the story, it feels like you are growing up with the characters together, getting to know them and going through their ups and downs. Needless to say that the characterization is vivid and realistic.
I loved the camaraderie between the friends. The conversations between them are laced with wit and humour and sound so very natural. Along with romance, the story has lots of drama, suspense, action and even a villain. All these elements are woven in the story so well that it sucks you in right from the start. Ruchi’s writing in Take 2 is beautiful and flows effortlessly.
Although the majority of this story had a melancholy tone, yes, that’s because Priya had quite a lot of tears in her eyes (counting the unshed too) all throughout the book, Take 2 has a beautiful message of moving on in life, redemption, and second chance at love and happiness. It suggests that when life gives you a second chance, all you have to do is close your eyes and step into it.
Take 2 is a a well-written story of young love and second chances. So go on and read this interesting and compelling romance. http://shilpaagarg.com/2015/08/take-2.html
Even though I had received Take 2: Second Chance at Happiness right after the book had released, I only managed the time to finish it last week. Firstly, many congratulations to Ruchi Singh for her novel.
The story revolves around Priya and Abhimanyu who are opposites who attract. The story is very interesting and catchy. The characters are well described. The feelings of Priya and Abhimanyu seems to be very close to reality. A well deserved excellent book.
Absolutely amazing read.... All the situations and emotions in the story are described in such a profound and elaborate way that the scenes feel like a movie playing in front of you. Specially liked the Happy Ending! Well done Ruchi! Keep it up!
Rating: 4.5/5 Priya's perfect world takes a tumble when she realizes that her husband is cheating on her and when he asks for a divorce, it seems like the last nail has been struck. Confused, in denial and still hopeful of saving her world, Priya takes the help of Abhimanyu, her friend's brother but is this relationship platonic or a beginning to something new? Can Priya take a risk at a second chance at happiness?
Take 2 is Ruchi Singh's debut novel and while I have had the pleasure of reading her short stories, I was really impressed with her first attempt at novel writing.
The blurb is interesting and had me intrigued right from the start. The cover is beautiful and eye catching.
Take 2 follows Priya's life in a crisp, unbiased and sensitive fashion. Priya represents the modern woman in India who is progressive but still a believer in the age-old traditions and ready to fight to save her marriage. Sometimes she felt like an ostrict, in denial and still clinging to the hope of bringing her husband home but then Ruchi brings her transformation to the reader and her strength while tackling with the loss of her dream world and determination to rebuild her life. In between, characters like Priya's landlady bring out the backward views that still haunt people in India and their total refusal to change with time.
Abhimanyu or Abhi was overbearing but still a character I loved. His quiet strength, his knowledge of human character and his support towards Priya helps her through the difficult period. Komal and Aditi, Priya's friends were another lovely addition to the mix. This is one book where I loved all the characters, even the villains. Each character is sketched beautifully and developed skillfully to take the story forward and make it a story with impact.
Ruchi's writing style is engaging and simple. The scene descriptions and dialogues are expertly woven together and create a mental picture. I loved the inside look on the glamour world and the sly mechanisms of human character are well portrayed. The courtroom drama was again very entertaining and had me at the edge of my seat. I felt angry with Priya's husband and people like her guardians who had forced her into marrying young, her landlady who felt a wife's role was to please her husband even when he is a lying, cheating and worthless excuse of a man and the women in her society who only thought the worse if a man visited a married woman! Such petty thinking is an ugly spot on our rich culture and heritage and needs to change.
The author admirably contrasts such backward people with progressive people like Abhi's father who beautifully corrects his wife's wayward thoughts on marriage and what the society will think if Abhi married Priya even if she was divorced!The whole marriage dialogue had me smiling, thinking that as long as people like Abhi's father are there, there is still hope of improvement. :)
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed every second of the book right from start to finish and congratulate the author on a job well done. Strongly recommended to all readers, I give Take 2 4.5 out of 5 super shiny stars and definitely look forward to reading more from Ruchi in the future.
This review is also available on my blog Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff
I must say this is a very promising debut. The author, Ruchi Singh, has a nicely flowing writing style that pulls the reader in and makes reading a joy.
The book centers on Priya who has to deal with a husband who only used her for her money and is now going his merry way. While society expects her to fight for a marriage that has no real value or at least to meekly accept how he hooks up with another woman, the consequences are dire when Priya decides to finally live and search for the happiness she deserves. We follow the sensitive yet strong heroine on her way of accepting what can’t be changed, and changing what people say shouldn’t be changed. I found her transformation credible and was rooting for her courage all the way. Enter Abhimanyu, a chance encounter that quickly turns into her biggest ally. He falls head over heels in love with Priya, but he tries his best to simply help her and be a great friend. I loved the chemistry and all the fights between the two, and I thought Abhi was an awesome hero with his heart in the right place. The way the author has portrayed each of the two protagonists and the ‘villain’ is great. I hadn’t expected the twist at the end, but it fits perfectly and increases the suspense.
If you like a well written Indian romance that deals with divorce, true love and a woman finding her value, then you’ll love this book.