Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review: A Wild Rose : Love Blossoms Until the Thorns Prick by Uzma Jafri

Some books leave such an ever lasting impact when it comes to love stories that you never come out of the reverie. It gets stuck in the mind. It might become the cause of happiness for somebody or pangs of sorrow. But they all hit with an equal force. Author Uzma Jafri in her debut book "A Wild Rose" has penned down one such love story where it's a mixture of a lot of emotions. So is it different from the others? Let's find out. 

Ritu Anand. Vivacious television anchor envied by many, makes the biggest mistake of her life. A man is at the center of it all. Who is he? And why is he after her?
Ritu Anand is a strikingly beautiful and wealthy divorcee, all of 25 years. None but her parents and best friend in life, Sumbul, know the truth of her divorce. Her career too, had gone to dust thanks to her failed marriage and traumatic ill-health. To the rest of the world, Ritu maintains a faade of still being married. In an effort to piece her life together again, she goes back to being an anchorperson after 3 long years
And a very important part of this new life becomes the enigmatic Anshuman Sinha. Not very tall and with an average physique, deep hazel eyes and sharp intense features, Anshuman is dangerous and irresistible he is the very picture of 'Ritu's Man'. The devastatingly dashing casanova soon has thelove starved- Ritu eating from the palm of his hand and dreaming of a picture perfect life with him. The gullible Ritu is soon weaving the tapestry of a picture perfect life, of a happily ever after with her lover. But there is her hidden past to deal with. What was the truth behind her sordid marriage? And coming to the present, what did she know about Anshuman at all? Will this new life be the chance Ritu was hoping for? Or is this some deep, dark hell?
Has she fallen from the pan straight into the fire?Is love blooming or have the sinister thorns torn the petals to shreds?
Watch the bookshelves for this fascinating book, a look at a different side to love. After all, are there really any guarantees in love for a happy life ever after?
The lyrical Urdu poetry of greats such as Ghalib and Momin adds an ethereal passion to the heartfelt prose of Uzma Jafri. A truly spellbinding book, a truly impassioned effort.

First look at the title and the tagline and the reader gets intrigued by the darkness surrounding the title. It drips of love, revenge and sacrifice. The cover image has shades of rose in red and thorns in black which are apt for such a mystery title. The blurb talks about Ritu Anand and Anshuman Sinha and their lives when they cross each other's paths. The blurb is unusually lengthy. It could have been kept shorter than what it is right now.  

The story revolves around Ritu Anand and her life which has been marred by a brutal divorce and a fake commitment. It leaves her in a state of turmoil and takes her away from love and commitment. She was a successful journalist in the past and after 2 years of isolation she joins DAG. There she meets Anshuman Sinha who in his first look makes her go crazy. Gradually they start getting close to each other which culminates in to a serious relationship which helps her come out of her past. Her friend Sumbul meanwhile doesn't approves of it and keeps warning her about Anshuman. It all falls on deaf ears as Ritu is completely blinded in Anshuman's love. But there is more to Anshuman than meets the eye. So will it be too late to realize the undiscovered side of Anshuman or her love for him will keep their relationship going? This is what the story is all about. 

The story has a lot of depth in it when it explores the past of Ritu & friendship between Ritu & Sumbul and the deep dark end of the story. The characters of Anshuman creates curiosity in the minds of the reader while Ritu is all about excitement. The careful approach of Sumbul can't be ignored too. The second half holds a lot of depth in it. The shayaris are an added touch to the theme and the story of the book. The narration is simple yet thought provoking at times. It's impact towards the end will leave a mark for sure on the readers mind. 

The downside is the first half which is quite regular in its approach. The excitement factor could have been cashed upon some more in the story and it becomes predictable towards the latter half as what to expect from the story. 

The book is quite a charmer with the title and the darkness and the state of Ritu towards the end. It'll make you jump, surprise you at times, make you fall in love, make you cry but in the end let you explore the undiscovered side of a man and a woman which escapes the eye of many in real life. 


4 OUT OF 5

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