March 05, 2016

Book Review: Falling in love by Neeraj Mishra

                                                            Falling in love…

Author: Neeraj Mishra
Publisher: Rj Publishers
Rating: 2/5

“Falling in love” is a sweet love tale that is relatable and entertaining. The story revolves around Manav and Sriti, who come in contact by chance (or rather through Internet) and are struck hard by Cupid’s arrow. Manav confesses his love for his lady. But he faces denial from Sriti’s end. What cooks inside Sriti’s mind; we do not know. But that becomes the bane of Manav’s life for he cannot live without her.
Explore ‘falling in love’ and relive the romance of the two protagonists.

My opinion
‘Falling in love…’ is a love tale, which revolves around the two main characters- Manav and Sriti. The title of the book is fine but the three dots confused me. They were not required probably. The cover page is nice- sober and subtle. The initial part of the blurb is apt but the questions posed to ignite the spark of interest in the mind of the reader, are wayward. The font is apt and 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 organization of content is fine but the layout of the text on each page does not meet with the standard. The margins have not been used uniformly. The fineness of the cover lies in the fact that the red colour says it all about the feeling associated with the book.

Coming to the acknowledgement, I found some parts really unnecessary and absurd. The author says that ‘we are humans and thus, we are bound to make mistakes’ (referring to the mistakes that might be there in the book). Now, according to me being human does not restrict anyone to consult a good editor and get the corrections done in the manuscript. Right? Saying this actually gives an impression that the lights are on but no one is home.

Next, coming to the linguistic elements- the grammar is awful. And thus, I cannot classify these mistakes as the-mistakes-that-we-are-bound-to-make. The narration is finely tuned and paced.

The plot is gripping but the major drawback lies in the extended content about the online chats, text messages and phone calls, where the protagonists are trying to get acquainted with 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 adapted from a personal experience, makes the story boring and can result in turning the odds against you. The book is more like a conversation and the story gets lost somewhere there. This book, no doubt, is a quick read and the reason for this is the presence of numerous dialogues.

The plot lacks originality. It is very much predictable and might be liked by the ones who prefer mushy love tales/ college romance/ online chatting. For the ones who are looking for something deep and meaningful, this book might or might not serve the interest.

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. Also, the last conversation is absolutely vague. I understand the need to end the story on a happy note but the dialogues like ‘you are stupid’, ‘no, you are stupid’, ‘no, you’ and ‘you’, do not suffice for a good ending.

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.

Overall, a good effort by the author!
Best wishes!

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