Thursday, 16 October 2014

Love Lasts Forever

From the book blurb
Ronit was eighteen years old when he found himself falling head over heels in love with Aisha. He met her on his graduation day, after completing his studies which could eventually get him work in the Navy. Ronit is convinced beyond doubt that Aisha is his soul mate and that their love would last for eternity and a day. They get married after seven years but only after a week, Ronit realizes it might have been a mistake to have tied the knot. His Captain’s poignant love story might just change his perceptions on love and life but it is at that cusp that their ship gets hijacked by the notorious pirates of Somalia. What happens next? Will Ronit’s marriage end or does it get better because of all the events that happen which will change his life?

Vikrant Khanna grew up in Delhi. He studied at the Tagore International School. He has also penned the bestselling book The India I Dream of… and the Facebook Revolution Begins!! And When Life Tricked Me… And Love Kicked Me. He joined the Merchant Navy as a deck officer and later became a Chief Officer. Vikrant eventually completed his masters to become a Captain. He is also a keen guitarist who composes his own songs and is adept at cooking.

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©       Ronit
Tall, smart and in love. He also has male ego and becomes confused when he easily gets what he wants.
©       Aisha
Sweet and cute. She tries to rework and relive those old days.
©       Shekhar
Caring and loving who goes out of way to give what his lover wants.
©       Shikha
Exemplifies what selfless love means.

What I think
The cover page is vibrant and looks like a candy. The wedding bands give hints about the story line.  The book blurb is clear and to the point. It neatly summarizes the story for us. The title is a cliché, but the tagline attracts our attention.

The book is nicely divided into three parts and the story flows with ease. It is a first person narrative; sometimes from Ronit’s view and other times from Shekhar’s. The book, being nicely arranged into chapters and appropriate headings, such shift doesn’t confuse us.

I liked the plot because it talks more about life after marriage. The sweetness of love and the bitterness that follows marriage is nicely weaved.

The love and marriage story of Shekhar and Ronit is startlingly similar yet so different. The need to keep love intact even after marriage is emphasized. It asks us not to take our love for granted and understand that the wife makes a lot of sacrifices and all she expects is husband’s love and support in return.

It also talks about life of sailors. It describes the horror of how badly captives are treated by pirates. The helplessness and dismay is nicely conveyed.

The sentence formations are so immature and there were several grammatical mistakes. A serious proof-reading and better editing would have saved this book.

Should you read it?
It conveys a sweet message.
A must read for married and unmarried. Also, for all those who fear marriage could ruin love and for those married people who see love taking a backseat.

With as less as 250 pages, you can complete the book in 1-2 sittings.
A breezy read!


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