Messed Up! But All for Love by Arvind Parashar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
People fall in love. Then marry. After the initial honeymoon period the spark starts to die down. It is more prevalent in urban upper middle class couples who are financially well off. They get stuck in a rut and rat race to make money. The relationship becomes boring and one or both starts to stray. This is the basis of this novel.
Neil and Gauri is one such couple. Neil is a senior executive and Gauri is a dentist. They are a loving couple and Gauri is very possessive of Neil. Gauri is caring, beautiful, sexy, romantic and dedicated to her work. First sign of trouble starts when a svelte gym trainer Srinya enters his life. This sows the first seeds of doubt in Guari’s mind and first crack in their ideal marriage. The other couple Som, a DCP and Drishti, TV anchor is having trouble in their marriage already. Som is a known arrogant philanderer and Drishti is not happy. When Neil and Drishti come into contact in Cuba and then all hell breaks loose. Rest of the story is about the twists and turns in the lives of Gauri, Neil and Drishti.
Language of book is Hinglish and that goes very well with the mood. Some lines of H. R. Bachchan “Madhushala” are also thrown in for good effect. The pace is brisk and unrelenting. Location keeps changing from Gurgaon to Bankok, Tashkent, Havana etc. The main subject of romance and extra-marital affair is serious. Still it has humor, mystery and thrills too, which keeps the interest alive. There are many colorful supporting characters: Mehr, Tom, Jerry, Jasoos etc.
The book has some steamy scenes.
The language gets very crass sometimes. The story is dragged at some points and some tight editing would have been better.
Recommendation and rating
Recommended to all whom like romance, humor and thrills. I give 4/ 5 stars to the book.
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