After ages, The Wedding Photographer is one book which I finished reading in (almost) one sitting. Found it to be thoroughly entertaining, with some really spunky characters and a fresh and breezy romance. There were several moments which, literally, made me laugh out loud and some which left me a tad wet-eyed. But, in the end, more than anything it left me feeling good and optimistic about life, the choices we make and love.
What really stood out for me was the author’s smooth style of writing, given the attention to detail as well as depth of characters, not to mention the precise staging of every scene. At no point did I find my attention lag or skim through the details. In fact, more than once, I went back to check a specific detail which had caught my eye and which synced back to some occurrence in the present. The other stand out point was the sheer eloquence with which it has been written, without sounding pretentious at any point. It allowed me to play out the happenings in my mind, as if I was right there in the story, which has not happened for me with a book, in a long time.
Given this book is the first novel of Sakshama Puri Dhariwal, I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next time around. Highly recommend this one! P.S. While reading this book, do read it all the way till the acknowledgements. Don’t recall the last time an acknowledgement was this much fun while being heartfelt and an author who puts in that kind of thought and effort is surely here to stay!
An interesting and lively book with sharp and witty dialogues. The characters created feel real because their conversations with other dramatis Personi are on expected lines. There is wit and good humour in abundance. I am myself a keen photographer (only my hobby) and as such I Identified myself completely with the book's photographer , her problems and her solutions. The writer has a very peppy style, her vocabulary is vast and the narration is interesting. Storyline is good. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
The best thing I found about the author's work is the perfect and proper length of the description of the lead couple. Generally, authors craft their characters as the epitome of chatty or extra reserved. In The Wedding Photographer, Nisha is neither babyish and overly gullible or annoyingly professional. Read complete reviews here:[...]
I went into the book expecting a cute romance but what I got was a a fun filled; dramatic and passionate romance that wormed it's way into my heart!
Plus; I was so stocked to red about the place I actually live in; in a romance - is this how American Readers feel when they read about their hometown? Because if yes, then IT IS FREAKING AWESOME!
Loved the writing style; the character developments and the wonderful chemistry between Arjun and Risha - though I do wish Arjun had grovelled a whole lot harder to win the forgiveness of Risha - nevertheless I definitely enjoyed this little beauty! <3
This is a delightful debut novel, that makes you relaxed, forget all your worries, laugh out loud and keep you captivated till the end. It is a perfect treat to read with its bollywood references, Punjabi quirks, sneaky asides spicing up the sugar of the romance. The language is simple yet rich and how beautifully the words we read in this fiction get converted into scenes! So pick up a copy of this wonderful book by Sakshama Puri Dhariwal that makes you feel all warm, fuzzy and happy!
A book that delights you the minute you turn the first few pages. Beautiful storytelling by the author, with such precise articulation of the characters and situations that it keeps you turning pages. The storyline unfolds at the right pace keeping you wanting to know "what next?!". She made me fall in love with the characters and relate to them. Awaiting the next read from Sakshama and to see the Wedding Photographer being converted into a screenplay soon!
I m not fan of romantic novels but reading the synopsis of this one in particular made me to pick this book and I don't believe I actually didn't sleep whole night coz I was eager to knw wat happens after reading every page...it's sooo interesting watta narration!! Just enjoyed reading this book...it's tough to believe its writer's first attempt how sweet and wonderfully everything is presented...Just love THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!!! Best decision ever made by me of trying out this book;-)
There are already so many reviews with five stars and let me say this its for a reason. The Wedding Photographer had me smiling throughout the book. Yes, the ending might be a predictable one, but who cares. The writing style was excellent and I loves how Sakshama Puri wrote the characters... ALL of them had their own identities and gave a different tone to the book. I was giggling all the time when nano spoke, because as she spoke I remembered few of my older relatives who spoke exactly like her. "Pat name herry indeed" and many other things had me in giggling fits. This book is decagon of definitely read when you want to enjoy something fast, short and light hearted.
I liked Sakshama's writing better than any other Indian fiction author I've read. Though I read a few, she's better than Anuja Chauhan. I can't imagine a bollywood producer not picking it up. It can be copied as is! All the characters are excellently written....Yes, all.! Loved your work Sakshama! This one's an out and out entertainer.
It's been very long since I have read a good book in the rom-com/ chick lit genre and The Wedding Photographer came as a pleasant surprise my way! You get hooked on to it instantly in the first few pages and it entices you into its world of warmth, wit and spunk! The author has etched out the characters deftly and you sure do get invested in their lives. So much so that when the book ended I was very eager to know what happens in their lives next (am hoping this book gets a sequel). The sensitive way in which the interactions between the principal as well as the supporting characters are handled is quite noteworthy. The writing is very engaging and it is a super smooth read. The Bollywood buff in me loved the Hindi movie references. And yes, Naani's character was adorable! The book had me actually laughing out loud in many places and not many books these days give us that joy.
For a debut, this is a truly commendable effort! Go ahead, read the book... Am sure you will succumb to its charms.