Verified Purchase ‘Remember When’ is a romantic novel that has an element of suspense in it that keeps readers guessing. A little more of suspense, and it could have been termed a romantic thriller, maybe. Tara and Rupa, her best friend from college, an entrepreneur dealing in Kerala art murals bond over tea, as secrets from the past tumble out, along with the name of Manu that has never been mentioned in the home of Tara and her husband, Karthik. There is a hint of mystery that tantalizes the reader. Tara’s first novel is all set to be published in Chennai, on the 1st of December, a long-cherished dream. Much of her childhood has been spent in Kannur. She has memories, good and bad, about that period in her life, when Manu is the luminescent star around which her life revolves. Though they are from different communities, life couldn’t have been more perfect, with Mary, Manu’s rich and widowed mother, also accepting her whole-heartedly. However, their worlds come crashing down, when one misunderstanding pushes them apart, and Mary and Manu leave for Chennai, leaving their past behind. Years later, fate intervenes to bring them together once again, as Tara gets stranded in the floods in Chennai, and is forced to accept Manu’s hospitality to tide over the period. Her son, Aryan, soon wins over Mary and Manu with his winsome personality. Preethi Venugopala narrates a tale that transcends the normal love story, weaving in the Chennai floods as a backdrop. She describes the survival techniques used in the actual floods as a part of Manu’s website. The stories of the various characters that have been brought together by the floods reveal facets of their lives which sound familiar. One secret hovers in the air, one which could wreak havoc in Tara’s life. Meanwhile, why has Karthik, Tara’s husband, not called her even once despite the fact that she and Aryan are stranded due to the floods? What is the decision that Tara has to make about her future, and how will it affect her relationships? Preethi Venugopala keeps the reader guessing till the very end. While this is a story imbued with romance, there are elements of suspense in it that keep the reader hooked on.
Remember When' deals with the lives of two estranged lovers, Tara and Manu. The book revolves around one central theme of Karma and manifests the fact that everything happens for a reason. There's distrust, betrayal of the seemingly good, want, greed, love, kindness, compassion - all wrapped around the real events of the 2015's catastrophic Chennai flood. Being a Chennaiite, I found the description of the disaster quite authentic and it shows that long, meticulous research work has been done by the author.
As for the story, Tara, a writer who's a popular blogger comes to Chennai for her first book's launch, only to learn that the love of her life, Manu, the one that got away, was to be the moderator of the book launch. Bouts of pent up anger resurface as Manu struggles to maintain his calm and Tara, too guilty to face Manu. Nature's spell intervenes in the form of torrential downpour forcing Manu's warm heart to accommodate Tara and her five year old son, Aryan.Years of buried and a misshapen past resurfaces through Tara's and Manu's walks down the memory lane. As we travel with the book, we get introduced to a melange of characters. Striking a balance between past traumas and the present nature's wrath, the author seems to know about the knack of keeping the readers engaged by something or the other happening to every character. What I liked the most was that all the characters of the story seemed essential to the story, but some of the characters seemed kind of two dimensional.
Almost every character has a distinct voice, and the writer manages to make the readers imagine the exact turn of events as close to reality as possible. A play with past and present was neatly done without confusing the readers much.
It must be said at this juncture that handling a subject as big as a huge natural disaster that claimed so many lives and weaving a fiction around it is a veritable task and Preethi seems to have accomplished that amazingly well.
Out of contemporary fiction that's releasing in multitudes, thanks to easy KDP platform, 'Remember When' definitely stands out.
I just loved the writing style of preeti. I read his book for the first time and I am not disappointed with the writing style. Remember when is the story of Tara and Manu. It is very emotional and beautiful story. The narration is very gripping that it enabled me to complete the book without any break. I was completely hooked to the book. The love story was really heart-touching which made you cry as well as smile also. Chennai Floods really made you disturbed. The climax was happy. I just hated the character Kartik. Even if you are in love with one person you should have a heart of sacrificing nature. I just loved little Aryan. His deeds in the story really make you smile. Overall a nice read and one should dowload it and read if you have a Kindle unlimited.
Blurb: On the outside, Tara leads a perfect life. A home of her own, a handsome husband, a doting son and a promising career as an author.
But inside, she is a wreck. Her marriage is a sham and she hasn't succeeded in forgetting her one true love, Manu, the man she had wronged. The man she had almost married.
Manu, now the senior editor with a science portal, firmly believes that he has left Tara where she belonged-in his past. But in reality, he hasn't forgotten anything. Not the love nor the hurt.
Their past and present collide when they accidentally meet in Chennai. The city has come to a standstill after facing the worst flood in a century. While nature is unleashing its fury on humans, they must make peace with their past. Will they have the courage to do that? Can they fight the attraction that still burns bright? Or will the bunch of people they are with, teach them new life lessons? What is the secret that is burning Tara from within? My Take: The story pulls you in from the word go. The moment I read the blurb I was sure of getting into a journey of connect, romance and love. Something about the way the author presented the story connects to you. So many layers of emotions and characters entwined together. You feel them, love them, hate them but can't ignore them. A love story , but full of emotional roller coaster ride, almost like watching a movie. Using the Chennai Flood backdrop makes it more intensive. Your heart goes out for all people in that disaster situation. You can feel their despair and pain. Madhu and Tara, had a past a very emotional and sensitive one at that. Tara, now a successful blogger goes to Chennai for her book launch only to come face to face with her long lost love. Not the ones to be confronted they wish to avoid each other, but fate has other plans. They both get struck together in the floods. How they resolve their misunderstandings, who played villain and catalyst in their budding romance and how they deal with the aftermaths form the story.
I loved the pace of the story, the language used and the way the story is intertwined with the various emotions and characters. My heart went out to the lead characters and Aryan. Hated the husband Kartik for what he did and how very cleanly he did what he did.
Seeped in reality 'Remember When' is the story of Tara and Manu which deepens the belief in second chances in life. In the backdrop of Chennai floods, author Preethi Venugopala has penned a beautiful, emotional rollar coaster ride for the readers. I loved the little sinister twist in the end. Highly recommended.
I have read almost all of Preethi Venugopala's novels. Like her other novels, she has added that unique twist to this story as well. Tara's journey, torn away from her love and the nature's stormy way (literally!) of shoving her back in the right direction is just enthralling. The couple of nights the former lovers spend, stranded during Chennai floods chamges the course of their otherwise normal lives and the rest is to be read and savoured! Read this one. You wont be disappointed.
Preethi Venugopala is great at writing sweet romances with punch. This one - Remember When - has all the ingredients to make it a fab read. There's a natural disaster (the Chennai floods), an angry ex, an unforgiving almost-mum-in-law, a wicked sibling, and - to add to the jumble - there is also an adoring husband and a precious kid. How Tara negotiates the broiling mix is the reason you would do well to pick up this book! The ending itself is worth it...