I too had a love story
19 September, 2013
D title says ‘I TOO HAD A LOVE STORY’ ( Did he really? I ‘m not very sure whether it was love or sum guy gloating over it..He checks out an air-hostess while his ’soulmate’ is dying & has d audacity 2 paint himself innocent..u call dis luv??)
Guess vat, it is a stupid, stupid book! Riding on d Chetan Bhagat bandwagon, here cums anoder Indian writer wid a so called’ heartbreaking true love tale’. Its d story of Ravin, who falls in luv wid a girl whom he met on a matrimonial site n finally loses her 2 fate.The style of writing is very much similar 2 dat of Bhagats, but a lot worse. Its filled wid cheesy dialogues n attempts at jokes at even d deathbed. My collagemates who had read it described it as humourous, among many oder things. If dis is ur definition of humour, den mind u, I am not d person 2 b wid. While I was reading d buk, I was not sure whether I really hated it or was it an ok-ok type. Den came appoint ver I read :
“ V r trying our best , but der is no guarantee dat, 4 d rest of her life,she vil b as beautiful as she was b4. Thank u 4 standing by her.” ( D entire conversation lasts almost a page) Dat was d final blow 4 me.It was really easy 2 hate d buk after dat.
If dis is his real life luv story & d fact dat he dedicated almost a page 2 how a nurse tells him how gud a person he is, den dat tells a lot about d author. R good men so scarce on earth dat v label any guy as good?( By good ‘men’, I don’t mean humanity as such, only d men(u knw, d 1 wid d XY chromosome) coz der r enough good women in d world hidden behind veils imposed by d society n d 4 walls of a kitchen imposed by family. If all der goodness ver 2 b radiated, devil wud probably go blind!)
Oh, & he tries 2 show his respect 4 women too( anoder failed attempt 2 boast himself).
In d buk ’ d fountainhead’, Elsworth says dat a gud critic shud b 1 who shud b able 2 impose his ideas on d society.. If he labels a bad buk as excellent, den it shud bcum d bestseller.. I can only understand d success of dis buk as d outome of sumthing sinister like dat. If dis makes a nation cry, den mayb v r a nation looking 4 reasons 2 cry. If dis is true luv, den mayb v r too blinded by bollywood romances.
In Atlas Shrugged, Rand says “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (U guessed it rit, I luv Ayn Rand!).. All dat is necessary 4 d success of a bad buk is d scarcity of honest reviews. Der is a lot of positive opinion about d buk dat d negativity drowns in it. Hence, dis review.
D succcess of dis book reminds me of a conversation between d American President & his aide Lewis in d movie 'D American President':
Lewis : " People don't have a choice! Bob Rumson is the only one doing the talking! People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."
President : "Lewis, we've had presidents who were beloved, who couldn't find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight. People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference."
D same applies in d case of books. People make bestsellers out of nonsense due 2 d absence of gud books. I can only hope dat sumbody sumwhere mit b toiling on a brilliant manuscript now 2 save us frm buks like des.
In short, I hate d book. I hate d book so much dat i managed 2 drag my lazy ass out of bed n write dis. Read d book, so dat u know ver ur standards r. D cover of d book says ‘National Bestseller’. If dis is d kind of book dat bcums a national bestseller, den I shud assume d whole nation has gone nuts!
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