All I need is you
Author: Mukund Verma
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
“All I need is” is a subtle love tale that is relatable and sweet. The story revolves around Mohit and Pihu, who come in contact by chance and are struck hard by Cupid’s arrow. But destiny is probably not in Mohit’s favor, for the sudden turn of events sets the alarm bells ringing. Will Mohit be able to turn the odds in his favor or will he suffer at the hands of his destiny?
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‘All I need is you’ is a love tale, which revolves around the two main characters- Mohit and Pihu. The title of the book is fine. The cover page is nice- sober and subtle. The blurb is unnecessarily long. The font is smaller than usual but the language is lucid and understandable. I would like to compliment the author’s ability to present this piece of fiction in a language that can be understood by everyone.
The plot is gripping but the major drawback lies in the extended content about the text messages, from chapter 1 to chapter 3, where the protagonists are trying to figure out the names of each other. Here, to be clearer, I would prefer quoting Doris Orens- ‘Not everything that you want to say, needs to be said.’ It is high time that the authors realize that penning down each and every minute detail that is either inspired or adopted from a personal experience, makes the story boring and can result in turning the odds against you.
Another point that I would like to highlight is the abrupt ending of the book. The plot moves at a comfortable pace but suddenly the air sends across happy vibes and the story ends. Instead of such an ending, the last line of the book could have been- ‘Wait! Did she just blink her eyes or am I hallucinating?
The book lacks proper editing and proofreading as one can encounter punctuation errors (tenses, wrong use of apostrophe), missing words, wrong formation of sentences- time and again. There is frequent use of hindi words, which might act as a turn off for the ones who prefer reading rich literature.
Best wishes to the author!
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