It was a very well written, crisp and breezy short read. Malini is a proofreader who has a secret crush on famous author Vikram Mathur. While Malini thinks her love for Vikram is unrequited, a chance meeting with Vikram changes the course of her life. If I write a little more I would give away the plot. I loved the way Ms. Nair has flawlessly blended emotions and practicality. Loved it and highly recommend it to anyone who's looking for a short lighthearted love story to warm up their day.
There Is Something About SUDHA NAIR’s Short Story Book That Is Old Fashioned Which Gives It A Feel Of Almost Being A Modern Day 🧚♀️ Tale. Truly Indeed The USP Of This Heartwarming Story Is That It Actually Gives Hopes To Dream With An Unsaid Feeler That Believe In Your Dreams-The One With Open Eyes & They Can Actually Come True. SUDHA NAIR’s Language Is Simplistic And The Tale Is Smooth In It’s Narrative But What Makes ‘The Girl With A Secret Crush’ Stand Apart Is That It Leaves You With A Feel Good Aura And Lots Of Hope To Believe In Your Dreams Even in Present Times!! This Is A Poignant Story Of MALINI VAIDYANATHAN Who’s Working As A Senior Proofreader In A Leading Book Publishing House..She Is Already 29 & Her Family Keeps Rubbing It In Not Letting Her Forget For A Moment That The Clock Is Ticking And If She Doesn’t Pull Up Her Socks She Could Miss The Marital Bus..Even Far Away From Home The Nagging Continues. Living Alone With Her Cat Peepal MALINI Has Just Two Hobbies Reading Books Extensively & Watching Films..In Brief Stories Fascinate Her & She Is Glad To Bring Her Work Home. Unknown To Anyone She Has A Secret Crush On Hotshot Author VIKRAM MATHUR Who Has 14 Bestsellers To His Credit All Published By MALINI’s Publication House. While MALINI Has Fantasies About Her Man Being Like Vicky The Author In Every Aspect VIKRAM Isn’t Even Aware Of Her Existence Leave Alone Have An Inkling About Her Secret Crush On Him. Destiny & Her Editor Have Other Plans When Her Wildest Dream Comes True And She Is Actually Allowed Entry Into Vikram’s Orbit..Even Though The Business Meeting Is An Absolute Fiasco As Vikram Is Nothing Like The Hero Of His Books & Her Dream Turns Into A Nightmare Yet Destiny Is Not Ready To Let Go So Easily..Circumstances Keep Throwing Them Together...Till Love Takes Over. Even Though This Happens To Be My First Book Read Of SUDHA NAIR, It Leaves Me With An Eagerness To Read Her Other Books Too As It Gives A Feel That They Too Would Be In The Same League!!!
Did not like the characters at all. Malini is not a teenager, a grown woman who is obsessed with a person who she has never met, keeps the job she is unhappy with, just so she could read his books. The story is not bad but the characters are not likable. If the female protagonist were a fresh college graduate or younger, this story would have made sense and the hero is one who is unhappy all the time. Compared to her other stories that were about women empowerment, this did not pass the same message. Buyback. Not for me.
Honestly, I really liked this story. It is just 30 pages but I thought it was written quite lucidly and neatly. One of the major issues I have with reading short-stories is many of them lack the perfect pacing the narration requires, however, that cannot be said in the case of “The girl with a secret crush”. I thought everything moved at an excellent pace, to cram everything in 30 pages without making things seemed rushed as well as to retain all the emotions and feelings the author wants to convey is according to me a job very well done.
Malini is a proof-reader in a publishing house. she nourishes a crush on best-selling author Vikram Mathur who is also a very important client of her firm. She has a very limited life and most of it revolves around her work. She works diligently when it comes to reading and rectifying Vikram books and making them a success. Obviously, Vikram is oblivious of Malini’s existence. Then one day, she gets a chance to finally meet Vikram in person, naturally, she is nervous but also very excited to meet the man himself. Unfortunately, the meeting between the two of them is a disaster and Vikram isn’t anything like Malini imagined him to be.
The best thing about this story is that I identify myself so much with Malini. No, I don’t stalk authors but there are fictional characters whom I love and care for as if they were real. As do many readers I am sure so I certainly understand Malini’s psyche. She loves the characters that Vikram has created and therefore feels drawn towards the man himself who created them. I totally get it. Vikram, on the other hand, comes rude and impertinent initially. His character is a metaphor for all those authors who cannot take criticism in a positive light but I am glad that he realises his mistakes soon enough and works to rectify them. honestly, I loved what the author did with his character. I also loved the fact that Malini even though smitten with Vikram doesn’t take his bullshit and speaks her mind. Obviously, things get settled between the two of them and they have their happily ever after but I loved that the conflict shown between these two-people felt real rather than sappy.
Overall, it’s a sweet story about love. Being a short story there isn't much scope for character and plot development so that's isn't an issue at all. It isn’t something completely original or something which has never been done in a story before but as long as the story has good writing, language and structure I am really okay with it. On a completely unrelated note, I could have done without that epilogue. I liked the ending better without the epilogue, it wasn’t bad or anything and I believe it to be a preference based on the reader but I liked the idea of an open ending and somethings left to my imagination.
P.S- Review copy provided by the author, in exchange for my honest opinion.