WRITING STYLE: 4/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
It surprises me how quickly this “IIT-IIM cum writer” trend established its roots in India. The start came with Chetan Bhagat‘s “Five Point Someone”. And now-a-days every IIM grad dreams about writing his story and getting it published. Frankly speaking, even I dream of that, but it is a bit awkward when we look at the bigger picture. Every one, well almost everyone, has been through some crazy incidents which we want to share with the world. I’m pretty sure all engineering students would agree with me on this. “Girlfriends, cocky teachers, always missed assignments, drunk and wasted, some really crazy shit, and last night studies, blah, blah, blah!!!” you know the rest. Coming to the book, the writer, as expected, is a new guy in this field. He’s new and energetic, which is evident from his writing style. The real question is whether he will be able to continue his “hit” or not if he writes a sequel to it. Well, that is not possible and the story made sure of that. I’ve been observant about certain newbie writers like Tushar. They are one hit wonders and fail to live up to the expectations afterwards.
Anything for you Ma’am is good at certain points, really good and imaginative, but in certain scenarios the author tends to overdo the whole “love and drama” making it look like a chic-lit, a candle light dinner; dancing to Johan Sebastian Bach.
“I wake up in the morning, to the sound of raindrops.
And I wonder where you’d be, and I wonder if it’s raining there.
Wherever you are, I hope you think of me, when it’s raining there.”
To be very straight forward, it’s a love story. The guy falls for a girl Shreya (If I’m a bit too affectionate towards “Shreyaa” please forgive me, something from my personal life can’t avoid) who is beautiful, smart, amazing, humorous and intelligent. So yeah, with that said, it is a “love story”, not the Taylor swift one but yeah one under entirely different conditions. The protagonist goes through enormous troubles to meet her; he goes against his teachers, lies to his parents, skips his final year project, jeopardises his career and stuff like that.
It’s a film material, all the Bollywood tadakas are present here. After spending some time with the book, I felt that the author really had some very good points in his mind but due to length issues he had to drop them. He goes on and on trying to prove the inevitable nature of life.
“We’re all mere pawns in the hands of fate.
And when things go wrong; they will, at any rate;
All we can do, is just wait. For Mr Fate to become our mate.”
Final word: Must read for all the Chetan Bhagat fans. Tushar Raheja can surprise you. You might want to avoid it if you like the classic love stories. The language is plain, simple and is written keeping in mind the average Indian reader.