Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: I Loved A Street Woman by Nitin Vinay Khare

Some books are best left undescribed. They have things in it which make them different and altogether a new reading experience for the readers. Author Nitin Vinay Khare in his novel "I Loved A Street Woman" has tried something different to suit the readers taste. So how different is it from the others? Let's find out. 

How much can one sacrifice for love?Is love just fun and physical pleasures or something much beyond that?Would one chose a street woman over a princess?Do omens and destiny play any role in our relationships and love?
I loved a street woman is the story of Capt. Aviral (Ex Indian Army) a young war veteran who is reconciling his life, estranged from his childhood love and recovering from war injuries. Was it really true love that he lost? 
As Aviral starts his Travel firm, he accompanies a strange travel freak mysterious girl Umrao on a random trip. As they visit old forgotten cities and experience the cults and practices of these places and explore the unseen life of villages en route, their most secret doubts and fears begin to unwind. As the trip ends and Umrao disappears leaving no clue, Aviral finds that she belongs to the banned streets of the some unknown town.
Will he ever accept and confess his love for her? Will he sacrifice everything for love?I loved a street woman is a journey which unfolds the absolute meanings of love.

First look at the title and a strange feeling overpowers the mind of the readers. There is more to the title that meets the eye. The cover image portrays a beautiful woman with her back facing towards the readers. It's the essence of the title which leaves the minds little confused. The blurb talks about sacrifices made in love and about two characters who are going to experience it together. It's the depth of the blurb which makes you understand the mystery behind the title of the book. It's a well carved out blurb. 

The story is about Captain Aviral. He retires from Army because of numerous injuries suffered in a war and his left leg is left amputated for the whole life. His best friend Yashika helps him out in getting out of the entire trauma and also helps him in establishing a travel business. The friendship between them takes a beautiful and an ugly turn in a short span of time and Aviral is left fending for himself. He drowns himself in work to forget Yashika and one day a strange travel request of Umrao to 4 Hindu pilgrimage sites baffles him completely. He makes a hasty decision and decides to be the chauffeur for Umrao during the entire journey. The journey marks a new beginning for Aviral as he gradually keeps getting close to him and falls in love with her. The love makes their bond stronger but Umrao hesitates in reciprocating back in a similar manner. A sudden development changes it all and life strikes hard on Aviral as a series of events trigger the unthinkable things in his life. So will Aviral move out of his past and be with Umrao? Will Umrao accept him? That's the story all about. 

Love has no boundaries. It can happen with anyone anywhere and anytime. This is what is the primary essence of the book. The realization in life and the positive attitude towards each and everything in life is also a strong theme of the book. The sacrifices too play a major role in the book. A love story with a different kind of setup and altogether a very different approach to it blended with history & adventure. Umrao is the stand out character in the book. Her character though has a lot of unspoken things to it but still speaks and leaves a great impact on the mind. 

The book as a few downsides to it. The things between Aviral & Yashika were wrapped too quickly. Details of love between Aviral & Umrao lacked depth too at times. The book required a lot more detailing and depth toning down the history narration in it. A lot more focus was required on the personal lives of the characters. 

The story is about love and sacrifices made in it for each other. It's a start and stop game but with a lot of heart and soul in it. Some startling revelations will keep the readers hooked till the end. It won't disappoint you as a reader but lack of depth will be an eye sore sometimes. It has more to it than one can imagine. 


3 OUT OF 5 

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