I picked up Andy Paula’s Love’s Labor after reading her blog here. A beautiful love story set against the backdrop of a small town, Andy’s story will strike a familial cord with many.
Piali Roy is a teacher at a residential school in Mussouri and one day she gets a phone call that brings her past before us. Sathya Nair wants to marry her at any cost and he is not about to listen to a ‘no’. Who is this Sathya? Why did she run away from him?
Piali and Sathya meet at a teacher training program. She is one of the teachers while he is the Principal’s son. He is engaged to be married while she is wildly attracted to him. Piali tries to dismiss her love as infatuation but Sathya sets her aflame when he confesses to love her.
She tries to stay away from him but Sathya pursues her persistently with a single-minded devotion. He breaks off his engagement and boldly declares his love for her to his parents. Piali’s father is livid.
A rigid minded man who values his tradition and culture, he finds it difficult to accept the fact that his daughter would want to marry a non-bengali. Sathya’s parents are equally frustrated with him for breaking a good match and they view Piali as a home breaker. I liked the way Andy deals with a sensitive subject such as inter-caste love and marriage. Piali’s father’s character is very well developed in this book. Using him as a mouth-piece, Andy brings out the small-town mentality and general outlook of people. Will Piali and Sathya come together again? Do their parents overcome the barrier of caste and creed? You will need to read this intriguing social romance to find out the answers.
Plus Points: Fantastic language and prose. Andy’s style of writing is very lucid that sucks you into the story right from the first line.
Minus Points: A lot more romance could have been added :(. And as with all Indireads novellas, I wish this was a much longer novella.
Verdict: A must read.