Hate, is a four letter word.So is love.And sometimes, people can't tell the difference.
Dhurv and Aranya spend a good part of their lives trying to figure out why they want to destroy each other, why they hurt each other so deeply. And, why they can't stay away from each other.
The answer is just as difficult each time because all they've wanted is to do the worst, most miserable things to one another.
Yet there is something that tells them: This is not it.If you want to know the answer to it all, read the book.
First look at the title and the cover and a reader can easily be lured into reading a romance novel. The title is pretty simple but the cover image is nothing better than ordinary. A broken puzzle is not the exact representation of a book neither the clouded aspect of love it wants to deal with. The blurb is precise and keeps it to the nuances of love and hate.
The story is set in DTU, New Delhi where old nemesis Aranya and Dhruv are about to figure out the worst of their nightmares. Old buddies turned into enemies they are at each other's throats and this time it's a battle between wit and sarcasm. Times have changed and these two too. But somewhere in the tussle it's not an ideal situation brewing in the young minds. So what is it that will flutter their hearts? Who all will be part of their turmoil journey? Is there a reprieve or will it all bring them close to each other? That's what the story is all about.
The only positives discovered after reading the story is that some leverage has been given to vitiligo patients. Some good old college romance is found prevalent in the book and some positive characters which somewhere down the line look good even in their bad form.
The downside of the book is it's monotonous story line set in college. The forgetfulness of the author not to leverage Aranya's medical condition which pretty much skims out after the initial burst. The crudeness in the language where expletives rule the story. The alcohol and porn ruling the rooster. The far from polished idea feels flat on many counts of love and hate. It's not a magical ending as it is predictable and falls back on the known and trusted old age romance.
All in all the book doesn't puts forth the best forward. It wobbles on a shaky ground of love and hate. Language is another expression which makes it look messed up and absolutely wacky. The idea to get two opposites together is a nice idea but in this case it's a regular affair with nothing out of the ordinary to keep it going. It's not the best of the deal breaker. Rather it's a story put together but it turns out into shambles rather very soon. An average affair.
2 OUT OF 5