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Book Review #11: Once Upon A Crush


Author: Kiran Manral
Pages: 224
Publisher: Jufic Books (an imprint of Leadstart Publishing)
Cover image: Mistha Roy

  • Ratings-

Cover : 3/5
Title : 4/5
Blurb : 4/5
Story : 3.5/5
Theme : 3.5/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Overall : 3.5/5

  • Characters (Leads):

1. Rayna De- The protagonist
2. Deven Ahuja- Rayna’s crush

  • Blurb:

Rayna De, stuck in a dead end job with a boss from hell, zero love life and the big 3-O looming large on the immediate horizon, has started to panic a bit. No, make that panic a lot. Enter new object of lust in the office, Deven Ahuja, and Rayna is overpowered by inappropriate visions of Cupid aiming his arrows straight into her heart, with turtle doves doing their billing and cooing act in the backdrop.

Alas, Deven is completely out of Rayna’s league despite the contradictory messages he seems to be sending out, and is, as decreed by page three supplements of the city newspapers, the man in the life of the gorgeous, light eyed model-turned-actress Sharbari Raina.

As Rayna battles with her crush, shaky employment status and dithers about signing up for domesticity with the approved-by-her-parents Sid Bose, of the multi zero pay package and three-bedroom house, she discovers that life has its own plans…

  • Review-

“Once upon a crush” is one of its kind. The lovely cover immediately attracts you and the title too. It is not the typical romantic book one would expect it to be, going by the title. The book deals with corporate life, how it gets difficult when you fall for a colleague, and the consequences thereafter.

Rayna’s character has been justified really well. She works for a telecommunication firm and is not too much happy with her boss, who makes her life difficult by assigning her loads of work to do. She is offered a promotion which would make her be in the team of her crush, Deven Ahuja. At the same time her parents coax her to meet a ‘suitable’ boy from their community and decide if she wants to get married to him. All of this going on, she also has her friend come down from Kolkata to her place, apparently trying to run away from her own marriage and live a peaceful life away from home.

  • Appreciations:

The dilemmas in the life of women when they are about to hit the age of 30, especially when they are still unmarried, have been depicted beautifully. The author has done a great job with the descriptions of every event and thought. The flow has been handled very well, gluing the reader to the book till the very end.

  • Let-downs:

The complex language may make it difficult for novices to understand the emotions. But with effort, that will be achieved.

  • Verdict:

A very good book if you are looking for a no-nonsense light read with relative events. Must read. (3.5/5)
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  • Available at:
  1. Amazon
  2. Infibeam

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