‘Arranged Love’ by Parul A. Mittal

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I came across this while randomly browsing books (and knick-knacks) in Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place, Delhi. I picked it up mostly because of the cover and it being a chick-lit. I read some 20 pages before I had to leave the store. It was a fairly easy read and I am up for such racy fiction most times, so I thought of downloading & completing it after few days. Yes, I should read more, umm, intelligent stuff. This year, maybe?

So, this was the 22nd book in 2014 but got completed in 2015. First book of 2015.

I think it’s fairly easy to say how I feel about this book. It’s a nice, easy read with romance and humor and I enjoyed it for that. However, it is very predictable, especially if you read the backside of the cover and I don’t think that chick-lit always is or has to be predictable, it can be a good piece of literature for sure while being relaxing. Additionally, there are a lot of sexual jokes that were very unnecessary. I mean, to me, it seemed like trying too hard. I always hate that. Most of those jokes i found unfunny.

I should also mention that the ending depended on a certain twist, while I would have rather liked if that twist wasn’t there and then the protagonist had to decide whom she wants to marry. However, that’s not so much of a problem. That’s just different people wanting different things. Also, I really, really liked the love story of a side character. It was just beautiful, the innocent, pure kinds, the ones we call perfect? Apparently, it is taken from another of the author’s novels – Heartbreaks & Dreams!:The Girls @IIT – which was a national bestseller.

I am also in awe of the fact that the author is an IIT-Delhi graduate (a place from where females are usually less in number) and has a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Michigan (!!!!!!). I thought I would just mention that.

Overall, it’s the kind of books you can read on a short flight or train journey for a nice, easy read but do not expect much in terms of plot.

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