WRITING STYLE: 3/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5
Love is the single most reason which can be attributed to most of our actions. We do what we do because somewhere, someone whom we so dearly love will be benefitting from our actions. So, when you are so irrevocably in love with someone, what happens when there is a threat to their life? What will you do, or what will you rather battle, to rescue them from the face of danger? Abhimanyu Jha’s A Dilli-Mumbai Love Story is the story of one such couple who braves death itself to save their loved ones.
Aniruddh is a Ducati riding biker, a high class and extremely intelligent guy who studies economics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He is a guy whom any girl would easily fall for. On the other side is Aparajita Pinto aka Apu, a middle class down to earth girl from Goa who has come to Delhi to study at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Aniruddh and Aparajita meet and instantly click a connection. The deep-in-love couple gets married against the wishes of their family.
A few months down the line, after they have settled in their new life, a strange turn of events lands Apu’s life in danger. So how will Apu survive? What will Aniruddh do to save her life? What do the terrorist attacks of 26/11 have to do with this? To know this and much more, read the wonderful story of Aniruddh and Aparajita which is beautifully captured by the newcomer author Abhimanyu Jha in this book.
The beauty of A Dilli-Mumbai Love Story lies in the storyline and the execution of the plot. It is like a potpourri of emotions. Love, drama, friendship, separation and tragedy all in one single book. Abhimanyu’s effort is commendable that he has paid a great deal of attention to make sure that none of the above emotions overrides the others, thus spoiling the whole context. The writing style is also good. The characters of Aniruddh and Aparajita are the ones to look forward to. I am sure that the reader will hit an instant connection with them.
I also liked the climax of the book. Now, I don’t want to spoil the fun here for readers but the climax is something which makes the book click. The way it is written and expressed is beautiful. Also interesting is the background of the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai. The way the author has turned into a crucial part of the plot is nothing but sheer brilliance on his part. The attacks, though crucial to the plot, does not overwhelm the whole book and that is something that I liked too. The only disappointment I had with the book was its cover and I think it was the only reason why the book didn’t become such a big hit that it should have been.
To sum up, the book was really a good one and I would recommend it to all my readers. If you are a fan of contemporary Indian fiction, be sure, not to miss out on this one.
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