PLOT: 2/5 CHARACTERS: 3/5 WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5 CLIMAX: 3.5/5 ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5
“I am not sure why you say love is overrated. Maybe it is, but why define anything? Is it necessary? I say: why can’t love be love? Like water is water, love is love. When you are thirsty you drink. So, is love thirst or it is just a want? Love is not thirst and it’s not a luxury. Love is love, so let love be love, why seek reasons to love or to be loved.”
Krishna Chhetri, A Drop of You
Though am not an ardent fan of romance novels, I do enjoy an occasional romantic read. When I first came across Krishna Chhetri’s ‘A Drop of You’, I was quite charmed by the title and the blurb of the book. It felt like the book would be just the break I need after having read a series of nonfiction. Read on to know more about my thoughts on the book and my experience of reading it.
What to expect?
Expect a book that is as much about love as it is about heartbreak. Expect a book that has a lot of philosophical musings about love and life. Expect a book that is a slow and emotional read. And finally, expect a book that makes use of a rich language.
Who can read?
Since the book isn’t written in a simple language, it might not appeal to readers who are just getting into English novels. The rich vocabulary might make it difficult for beginners to navigate through the otherwise modest story.
What is the story like?
Ghazal, Karma, and Diana are three people whose lives are entangled with each other. What one thinks, says or does has a consequence that eventually affects the other two. Driven by their hearts, their actions are often a result of the emotional turmoil that their mind is going through.
How life throws them together in a complicated love story and how they fare at the end of it is what makes up the story of the book.
Let’s talk about the writing style
I have mixed feelings when it comes to the writing style of the author. There are things that I enjoyed and there are things that I definitely believe could have been better. The beautiful poetry that the book is so full of is something to look forward to. A Drop of You also takes an interesting look at love, life, and friendship which is quite amusing to read about.
What did I like?
Love is poetic and love is melodious. Well, melodious poetry is what the author serves with panache to the reader of A Drop of You. Beautiful thoughts penned by the author himself and also by some other famous philosophers like Khalil Gibran, Mirza Ghalib and Rumi are what grace the book generously.
What I did not like?
A Drop of You is a book that relies too much on musings, ruminations, and philosophy. A mild dose of a thing or two about love and life is always welcome in a romantic novel. But when it is served in overwhelming doses and that too without moving the story forward, it unnecessarily slows down the pace of the book and makes the reading experience a tad boring.
How strong is the plot?
In addition to an overdose of philosophy, the biggest flaw of the book, in my opinion, is the total lack of a decent plot. The book seems to be an endless dose of philosophical conversations that the characters have with each other without taking the story forward. Come to think of it, if you remove the musings and the poetry, there is hardly anything that the book offers in terms of plot.
Are the characters good?
Ghazal, Diana, and Karma are characters who make the book what it is. It won’t be wrong to say that they are the lifeline of the book. Each character is well thought of and dynamic. The only qualm I had with them is the funny way in which they spoke to each other.
One look at the conversations and you would start wondering which era do the characters belong to? People just don’t speak like that anymore. The conversations were highly philosophical and unbelievably impractical.
Is the climax good enough?
The climax gives the book a decent end. It cannot be termed as unpredictable but it does give a satisfying conclusion to the story of Ghazal, Karma, and Diana.
It all boils down to the entertainment quotient
A Drop of You is a book that doesn’t offer much in terms of entertainment. It is a tad slow and mundane for my taste. But even then, it has certain charms that would want to make the reader get to the end of it. I especially love the heartfelt poetry and esoteric musings that the book offers in plenty.
The final verdict
Can be read as a onetime read.
Pick it up if
- You are looking for a book that tells you a thing or two about love and relationships by the means of a simple story.
- You enjoy books that have a mix of poetry and prose.
- You enjoy reads that are painful and talk about the trials and tribulations of a broken heart.
- You enjoy reading about love and life.
Skip it if
- You don’t like slow reads.
- You don’t enjoy a lot of philosophy in your fiction.
- You don’t like books that use complicated language.
- You don’t like romance as a genre.
- You are looking only for a five-star entertainer.
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