Love Was Never Mine

Rating: 2/5

Title: Love Was Never Mine
Author: Kunal Bharadwaj
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 144
Publisher: Cedar Books
ISBN-13: 9788122311846

For a change, I decided to buy this book. The summary at the back looked interesting enough and moreover, Indian writings are always easier to relate to. So I thought to give it a try.

This book is about Rahul and his first (and last) love, Shreya. Rahul joins his dream company where he meets Shreya and instantly falls in love with her. Rahul firmly believes in the phrase”If you want something wholeheartedly, the universe conspires to bring it to you“. Keeping his faith in the Universe, he tries to impress and help Shreya in any way possible just to steer her attention towards him. He gets dejected by even the slightest disinterest from Shreya and pours it out on Riya and Hari, his colleagues. Shreya, unaware of his feelings for her, hurts him unintentionally until Rahul decides to express it all to her. But when he does he is heartbroken as he realizes that she does not love him. Despite this, he goes all lengths to help and be there for her whenever she needs him. Rahul continues to be in love with her even after she gets married. However, the book ends with rather a tragic turn of events.

The book is about the emotional journey of Rahul. Of course, there are a few incidents that did not go down too well with me. For example, Rahul believes that the outer appearance of a person does not matter; all that is important is the inner beauty. But the story goes off balance when he falls in love with Shreya the first time he sets eyes on her after a long, lingering look of her lips! Love at first sight? May be, but to such an extent described in the book… doesn’t seem realistic. Another one. Shreya is depicted as a sweet and nice girl but she continues to ‘use’ Rahul in spite of knowing his feelings for her. Either Rahul is too meek or Shreya is made of stone. Again, no balance here. The very end of the story (straight from a Bollywood movie!) implores for some typical Indian emotions but sadly, did not work. Not for me.

The good part, however, is that the story is short and to the point but not something that would make you sit up and read. As I said, it is all about Rahul’s emotions which were a little far stretched, I believe. The narration is monotonous with a few jerks here and there.

Overall, a fair read if you have a few hours to kill. But certainly not a ‘un-putdownable’ book.


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