May 31, 2015

Book Review: Hurry Om Hari by Parul Tyagi

Hurry om hari
Author: Parul Tyagi
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Rating: 3.5/5

Roosevelt said,“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” and this has been proved true. “Hurry Om Hari” is all about love, hope, trust, support and relationships. The story begins with Harini’s family visiting Om’s house for “rishta”. The two families meet, the girl and the boy meet and the wedding is settled. But there is more to it. Harini is a national level Hockey player and she wants to play the last match before getting herself busy with the chores of married life. On the other hand is Om, who wants to prove himself and for this he decides that a “Reality show” is the answer. Their lives are destined to be together, but not so early. Tables are turned when the families of both the protagonists permit them to live their dreams, without each other, and then meet on the other side. Time is limited, tasks are enormous! Will Hari and Om successfully execute their plans? Or will someone cut the ground from under their feet, destroying the dreams of both? Read this novella to get the answers!

My opinion
“Hurry Om Hari” is a fast paced love story. The plot has all the ingredients that makes a good pot boiler, in a chronological lineup. We are introduced to Om, a generous groom-to-be and then Harini,  a bold and brainy bride-to-be. Both the characters have been crafted really very well, such that they compliment each other. The title is catchy and the cover is mesmerizing. The best part of the novella is its continuity and the flow that forces the readers to complete reading the book, in one go. We have a flustered mother- Rani, contrary to her extremely supportive husband- Shail, a draconian father-Dhananjay and his submissive wife- Meeraji, the everready-Bobby Bhabhi, and many more jolly characters that add to the “fun” element of the story. The author has perfectly depicted the emotions of a self made man and has also targeted the social issue where women are treated as not-fit-to-go-out. Harini is one such character who believes in calling a spade a spade and Om respects her audacity to fight for herself.
Behind the curtain of marriage, how does one cope with the dreams and desires, with the new responsibilities and all the other small nothings- this has been beautifully shown. It definitely takes the support and belief of parents and the life partner, to realize the dream and transform it into reality.
Overall, a good read! Grab this book if you are always in a hurry and can spend little time on reading.

The book lacks proofreading and there are punctuation mistakes time and again.

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