09 September, 2014

#BookReview :: Love Lasts Forever... by Vikrant Khanna

So you think your love can last forever…?
Get married!
Eighteen-year-old Ronit falls madly in love with Aisha the moment he meets her at his graduation day from a naval college. He believes he has found his perfect soul mate, and come what may, his love for her will last forever.
Seven years later, he gets married to her. Big mistake!
A week later, he completely hates her and believes she has turned into a devil.
But his perception about love and life change when he hears the poignant love story of Shekhar, his Captain, on a ship that later gets hijacked by the pirates of Somalia.
As they are left fighting for their lives; they confront if love truly can last
forever…? Or does it get too late? 



When Ronit meets Aisha at the graduation ceremony at his naval college, the eighteen year old immediately falls in love. So much so that he befriends his batch-enemy in order to reach out to her. After seven years of blissful relationship, they get married. But marriage turns out to be the thorn in Ronit’s life as he feels a complete change in his lady love. Constant bickering and nagging drives Ronit to a three month voyage on the sea. First his captain’s love story and then eleven months in the hands of the Somalian pirates, changes the way Ronit looks at his life and marriage. 

The first thing about this book that catches the reader’s attention is its narration style. The author tells us the story through the present and alternately going back to the past through flashback. This switching timeline of the story makes it interesting to read. It also helps in connecting to the protagonist by seeing both a younger Ronit’s (mis)adventures and a more matured Ronit’s experiences. Though at first I felt as if Ronit’s reaction to his wife was overdramatic, I soon realized that I needed to see things through Ronit’s POV instead of a woman’s POV. I have to say that I absolutely fell for the captain’s story – more so than that of Ronit’s. The characters were well fleshed out and the plot is very much likeable. I do not know much about Somalian Pirates other than the headlines they made – and I wish the author had delved deeper into that aspect of the plot. 

Easy pace and simplistic language helps a reader not only to easily get ‘into’ the book but also maintain interest throughout. I liked how the author handled and portrayed the nuances of a relationship telling us that end of the day it is indeed trust and understanding that keeps it alive. However, the ending could have been dealt in a better manner. 


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