26 December, 2017

#BookReview :: Let's have coffee by Parul A. Mittal

Working as an assistant wedding planner at an ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Meha encounters the delectably handsome wedding photographer, Samir. Conceited and a flirt, Samir reveals that the bride happens to be his ex. But when Meha finds out that Samir is using their relationship only as experiential material for his novel, she leads him to believe that he means nothing to her. Their chapter closes. 

But life has other plans for Meha. Five years later, she finds herself in an online reality show living-in with the same Samir and trying to understand the true meaning of love. Will she find the forever-wala love in a world where relationships can be as brief as the messages we send each other and where we are spoilt for choices, whether it’s the screensaver on our phone or the flavours of a condom? 

An interesting take on relationships in our times, Let’s Have Coffee is funny and witty, warm and wonderfully realistic story of two very different people who fall in love. 

Meha and Samir meet at a wedding; a wedding of their exes! Meha finds herself attracted to Samir only to find out that he has a motive behind indulging her. So, they part ways, only to meet again after a few years for an online project. Meha is looking for her happily ever after in an age when people change their partners faster than android updates on their phones. Will she ever find it?

I have to admit that it took me quite some time to get over the way the protagonists meet. It is hard to believe that both the bride and groom has their exes deeply involved in their wedding. Then again, few years down the line Meha and Samir find themselves involved in the same project! Coincidence much? It just threw me off balance… Once I managed to put that behind me, the romance played out quite well. There was some chemistry between the protagonists that made the whole journey bit more interesting. I liked Meha’s character a bit more than that of Samir’s. Meha can be a headstrong girl, but at the same time she has some innocence in her that I found endearing. The highlight of the book is the way it tackles modern relationships. It puts up a mirror to current ‘trends’ and makes you think about relationships in a way that is both modern and traditional.

Keeping to modern traits, this book has some ‘Hinglish’ and like every other time, I found it off putting. The book would probably make a good commercial Bollywood movie. All in all, there’s both good and average things in the book that makes it an entertainer. If you are not put off by Hinglish language in a book, you can give it a try.

Review Copy received from the Author

Also, see my review of Arranged Love by Parul A. Mittal

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