Two guys and one girl. Initially when I read the blurb, I secretly wondered whether this could be the modern version of old hindi movie, ‘Ek Phool Do Mali’. But this fiction is quite unlike any of the normal run-of-the-mill romance that M & B churns out regularly.
Sanya is in love with the warm hearted Arth. Arth is polite, friendly and charming. While his identical twin Ansh is a charming rogue. Unable to forget Arth, her childhood hero Sanya comes to Mumbai. Her sojourn to Mumbai is for various reasons. She needs to do some soul searching about what profession to pursue and to make Arth fall in love with her.
Faithful to her childhood memory, Sanya tries to rekindle the love that she felt for Arth but things do not always happen as we plan. Instead of Arth, it is playful and wickedly sexy Ansh who is buzzing around her trying to catch her fancy. And she is unable to deny the attraction that she feels for Ansh though her mulish obstinacy makes her go after Arth. Loved Sanya’s character as her bewildered heart falls for Ansh but is too proud to accept the truth.
Sundari’s prose is excellent and her words suck you right into the story. I also felt that there was much scope in this plot to expand it into a bigger novel. For example, the childhood episodes of Sanya’s and Arth’s could have got a bigger canvas.
Plus Points: Good plot, excellent prose, fleshed out characters
Minus Points: Wished it was a longer novel
Verdict: An enjoyable weekend read