Love after love by Ingrid Persaud – Book Review

Few days back, I completed another audio book, which definitely a five star read.

It is wonderful to see the author and the narrator both are Ingrid Persaud herself. Such a lovely book, so let’s just dive in.

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Synopsis

Meet the Ramdin-Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love.

Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household, happy in their differences, as they build a home together. Home: the place where your navel string is buried, keeping these three safe from an increasingly dangerous world. Happy and loving they are, until the night when a glass of rum, a heart to heart and a terrible truth explodes the family unit, driving them apart.

Brave and brilliant, steeped in affection, Love After Love asks us to consider what happens at the very brink of human forgiveness, and offers hope to anyone who has loved and lost and has yet to find their way back.

My Review

The book was way different than what we get to read normally. That is why I called it as a five star read. There are three important characters in the story, namely Betty Ramdin, Her son Solo and their lodger Mr. Chetan. Each chapter of the book is devoted to these three characters.

Betty is a woman with one son, Solo. She had an abusive husband, and even though her husband is long dead, the past still haunts her. Betty’s only concern is her son. We see at the beginning of the novel, Solo is very shy and does not wish to interact with people much. Betty being young (at the beginning of the story), is suffering from loneliness. She gets involved in a few relationships, but they do not work out to her liking.

Enters Mr. Chetan to story and he becomes a lodger in the Ramdin household. But soon, we find out that he becomes a part of the family. He loves Solo like his own son, and they creates a deeper bond. (just like father and son) He falls in love with Betty but he tells her that he is gay. Understanding among them is very deep and with all these mismatches, they live a happy life, like a family.

Like any other family, they come into arguments, disputes and misunderstandings. With each of these having their own life to live, they go through rough patches in life. Finding love, heart-break, but with a lot going on, yet they stand for each other. Fate brings Mr. Chetan’s life to an end, which is the most difficult part to read. As readers, we feel the loss and the heartache of Betty and Solo.

The book is just amazing, and you are being carried out into Trinidad, into the Ramdin- Chetan household. You become a part of that life. I just love how she speaks about cooking and food. Some controversial ideas has been brought out by the book, in a simple manner.  The topic – Love after Love very well suits the story. We see how the characters find one love after the death of another. No character is left alone.

A lovely read with a deeper meaning, controversial ideas brought up in a subtle way. Highly recommend it. If you are listening to the audio book, Ingrid narrates it in a wonderful way. Great work from the author.

My Rating

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Until the next post, Stay safe!

XOXOX

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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman – Book Review

Hello Booklovers!!!

 

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Synopsis

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

My Review

“When the silence and the loneliness press down and around me, crushing me, carving through me like ice, I need to speak aloud sometimes, if only for proof of life.”

Eleanor Oliphant is 30 years old, working as a financial assistant to a company. She lives a lonely life, where she does not have any social interactions at all. But she doesn’t worry.  She has been working in this company since the day she left university. Every Wednesday she speaks to her mummy over the phone, and drinks Vodka during the weekend. She seems perfectly ok.

Eleanor meets Raymond who works in the same company, in the IT department. To Eleanor, he seems to be the most unhygienic person that exists in the world. As if by destiny, they become very good friends, after they helped an almost dying person on the street, by taking him to the hospital. This incident becomes the first turning point in her life. Eleanor and Raymond’s friendship started to bloom after this incident, which makes her understand that she is not at all ok, even though she thought so.

I found Eleanor as a lonely person, who lives her own life, does not care about others opinions and pays attention to very minor details. I was listening to the audio book, and every bit of it was wonderful. I felt all the emotions that Eleanor went through in her life. She has gone through so much.

It is amazing to see how Raymond was able to change the life of Eleanor, in a completely positive manner. He brings the best out of her and always expects the best for her. I loved both the characters, Eleanor and Raymond, which brings light to the whole story.

The story is all about love, caring, family, true friends. It was emotional. Sometimes it made me cry and also, laugh. The narrator of the audio book, Cathleen McCarron, has done a marvellouse job. Her voice brings life to the characters and the story.

In the end, what I felt was, there can be so many Eleanors’ in our society. But do we pay attention to them? No right? True friendship and understanding can change another persons life, just like Eleanor’s. The book carries the weight of this real life situation. What an amazing, heart-touching and emotional story!!!

It is indeed a book that should be read by everyone. Great work by the author, Gail Honeyman.

“These days, loneliness is the new cancer—a shameful, embarrassing thing, brought upon yourself in some obscure way. A fearful, incurable thing, so horrifying that you dare not mention it; other people don’t want to hear the word spoken aloud for fear that they might too be afflicted, or that it might tempt fate into visiting a similar horror upon them.”

My Rating

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(5/5 Stars) Tremendous, I like it very much

That is all for today folks, do not forget to leave your thoughts and ideas about this book in the comments below.

Until the next post,

XOXOX

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As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon – Book Review

Hello Booklovers!!!

On April 30th, the short story sequel to, When Dimple met Rishi was released. I have always enjoyed Sandhya Menon’s books immensely and therefore I got my own digital version copy. I finished the book yesterday and thought of writing a review today itself. So here it is;

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Synopsis

Will Dimple and Rishi find their happily ever after? Find out in this funny, romantic, endlessly charming e-novella sequel to the New York Times bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi!

Dimple Shah has a lot of opinions about marriage, but they boil down to this: It’s not for her. Sure, she loves her boyfriend, Rishi, but why does she need to validate that with an institution that has historically never favored the woman? Why go through all that hassle?

Rishi Patel deeply disagrees. He believes in the power that comes with combining love and tradition, and when the time comes, wants nothing more than to honor those things in a huge celebration with his friends and family. He knows Dimple loves him, but in hearing her rant about how marriage is a “construct of hegemonic masculinity” for the millionth time, a small, niggling part of him worries that it’s not the institution of marriage Dimple has a problem with; maybe it’s him.

The two lovebirds find themselves at a philosophical impasse. Can they find a way to work it out, or does kismet have other plans? (from Goodreads)

My Review

As I mentioned before, I am totally in love with Sandhya Menon’s books and her writing style. I have read all of her books which are totally romantic and cute. Her latest short story sequel to, When Dimple Met Rishi is what I am going to talk about today. As Kismet would Have It!!!!

I totally fell in love with this short read and it made me cry in the end. Oh, my emotions!!!! It was such a delightful addition to When Dimple Met Rishi. It is just a glimpse of the relationship between Dimple and Rishi, but it captures the whole idea of the previous book. The story discusses about the idea of marriage in different perspectives. How the tradition and culture has an impact in the decision of marriage, careers and traditional gender roles are discussed in the form of a cute love story. I pretty much enjoyed how this topic has been tackled by the author.

I was totally astonished by the way Dimple and Rishi tackled the situation. Perplexed with their thoughts and thinking pattern. This light read gives an amazing end to the story, and I enjoyed it very much!! Now I am totally excited to read There’s Something About Sweetie.

OMG!!! I would recommend this book to all of you!!! Grab the book and their world is all yours!!!

My Rating

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(5/5 Stars) Tremendous, I like it very much

 

 

I hope you enjoyed and do not forget to leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

Until next post,

XOXOX

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