Thursday, November 28, 2013

Review: The One You Cannot Have by Preeti Shenoy

Nowadays everything from marriage to relationships have a sense of insecurity in it. Be it the first time you fall in love, the infidelity, the charm of the relationship etc. it all takes a beating with time. Very few of them manage to survive the ordeal. Author Preeti Shenoy in her latest book "The One You Cannot Have" talks about few such relationships which suffer from a similar kind of a fate. So has she been able to catch the essence of modern day relationships? Let's find out. 

How long does it take to heal a broken heart? Can you ever forget that one perfect relationship you had? Anjali knows who she wants, she wants Aman. Aman too knows who he wants, he wants Shruti. Shruti and Aman were once inseparable. Theirs was a love that would last forever and more. Then, out of the blue, Shruti left Aman. A devastated Aman moved abroad in the hope of forgetting Shruti and to heal. Shruti married Rishabh. Now Aman is back in India and looking for a fresh start. But he is still haunted by memories of his love. Can he ever break free from it? His head tells him to move on, to find love with Anjali, but his heart wont listen. No matter what he does, Shrutis shadow looms large. Can there be a happily-ever-after for any of them? A straight-from-the-heart modern-day romance of unrequited love, of complicated relationships and about moving on when you realise that there will always be the one you cannot have.

First look at the title and the cover and the readers will fall in love with it. The beautiful cover image catches the beauty of the whole book with subtle yet vibrant colors. The blurb talks about few people and their equation with each other in life. The excitement might be cut down because of the blurb but it doesn't gives out the whole thing. 

The story is about Aman & Shruti. They were both inseparable and loved each other like mad. But circumstances change and Shruti dumps Aman unceremoniously and moves on to marry Rishabh. Families of Rishabh & Shruti are happy with the alliance. It's been two years now but Aman still can't forgive or forget her memories. He returns back to India and gradually gets attracted to Anjali. But will he succumb to his mother's whims? What does this modern day romance holds for both Aman & Shruti? What will happen to Aman & Anjali? What is in store for Rishabh & Shruti. This is what the story is all about. 

The simple yet compelling narration portraying the modern day relationships pros and cons is a highlight of the book. The shift from the past to the present makes the story all the way more beautiful for the readers to enjoy. There is a lot of real life inspiration while reading this story. It takes you to a high and then drops you down suddenly with it's changes in stances and emotions. 

There's no downside in the book. 

It's a perfect tale woven into fiction and made to look realistic and gives the readers a lot of help in how to handle their relationships and the people they love in real life. It's not just a work of fiction but it's an eye opener for many as sometimes we are too blinded with rage in order to understand the sensitivity of a relationship or a situation. It's a perfect recipe served to the readers by the author. 


4 OUT OF 5

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