Author: Neeraj Mishra
Publisher: R J Publishers
Cover : 3/5
Title : 4.5/5
Blurb : 3/5
Theme : 3/5
Story : 3/5
Characters : 4/5
Value for money : 4/5
Overall : 3/5
- Manav- The protagonist
- Sriti- Manav’s love interest
- Pooja- Sriti’s best friend
He was witty. She was traditional. He was happy go lucky. She was adorable next door girl. He instantly fell in love with her. She cocooned her feelings. He wanted her. She refused him. Who wins? Why she refused him? Will they meet? Will he be able to sweep her from her feet? Are love stories really for forever? Does love happen only once? How far can someone go to get his love? Come, be a part of this eternal saga, a journey. A journey of two souls falling for each other where you will find funny one liners, punches and oodles of romance. If you have ever fallen in love, it’s your story, it’s our story. Relive, cherish and be a part of those moments, once again!
Falling In Love by Neeraj Mishra is a light read of the romantic journey of Manav and Sriti. Manav, 18, moved to Bangalore to study Hotel Management. In the evening, he would spend some time on the famous chat messengers accessible over internet. It took me back to my school and college days when Facebook wasn’t in the picture. Majority of the people would visit cyber cafes to chat with strangers / friends / family over Yahoo Messenger. There used to be chat-rooms similar to the Whatsapp groups we have today. On one such evening, Manav was randomly pinging the girls appearing online in the chat room. His luck favored when someone named Sriti Agarwal, 16, responded to his ping. They began talking and thus started their journey.
Manav learns that Sriti too stays in Bangalore. He tries not to sound creepy over their chat but he cannot help express his emotions whereas Sriti acts sensibly by maintaining a distance. Manav takes the first step by asking for her contact number, promising that he won’t give her a call until she permits him. She provides her phone number, indicating that she indeed trusts him. A year passes by with only chatting over SMS. It is on Manav’s birthday that she calls him up at midnight and he instantly falls in love with her angelic voice. He then requests her to meet him and she turns up along with her best friend, Pooja, who acts like a devil’s advocate in their love story.
However, Manav does manage to win Sriti’s confidence and soon their meetings begin; sometimes in gardens and sometimes near Sriti’s college. All is well until they accidentally kiss each other and Sriti walks away, shattered. Meanwhile, Sriti’s parents find a prospective alliance for her and Manav’s career path turns out to be opposite of his dreams and expectations. Will he ever be able to win her back or will she ever come back herself? Will they marry or will their love story turn out to be yet another failed teenage relationship? Do they actually love each other or is it just infatuation? Well, if you want to reminisce your own good old teenage days, Falling In Love is the book you need to get your hands on!
The chats between Manav & Sriti seemed very monotonous after a certain point because of repeated dialogues and incidences. Poor editing and grammar. I was also expecting some major twist in the book which would change the course of the story and present a brilliant climax but that was missing.
The story has been narrated in a very simple way, straight from the heart. Appropriate characters were built for relevant incidences. Decent vocabulary along with oodles of romance made the book a delightfully light read. The cute instances of teenage love, waiting for just one glimpse of that special someone, hoping not to get caught by family members and the villains that the best friends of lovers play is all very adorably described.
A suave love story which will tickle your teenage memories. (3/5)
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