Double Jeopardy by Sundari Venkatraman

DJTwo 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

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About sumeethamanikandan

Sumeetha Manikandan, a freelance content writer is an English literature graduate with a journalism and mass communication diploma. She lives in Chennai with her husband and daughter. After a decade long career in dotcom industry, she started working as a content writer from home. She wrote her debut novel, ‘The Perfect Groom’ as a script for a serial, which she converted into a novella for Indireads.
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5 Responses to Double Jeopardy by Sundari Venkatraman

  1. Thank you for the lovely review Sumeetha. I agree that the novella could have actually been a novel. I had thrown in a number of childhood incidents between the three. Sadly, they had to be chopped out in the final draft. Quite sad! But anyway, your review has managed to cheer me up. Thanks again 🙂

  2. Very beautifully written reveiw Sumeetha, Loved Ansh and Arth’s character. Even I found the story too small and the visualisation of the story what captured my attention. I too agree with you that the story was too short, finished too soon. But, wonderful review.. 🙂

  3. NAV says:

    Short, Crisp and to the point review. Liked it. All the best Sumeetha & Sundari.

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