Friday, 16 September 2016

A Fun Read (Book Review: Varsha Dixit's Right Fit Wrong Shoe)


Title: Right Fit Wrong Shoe
Author: Varsha Dixit
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Varsha Dixit's Right Fit Wrong Shoe is the story of Nandini Sharma and Aditya Sarin. The two share a history and are meeting again after over three years as the story begins.

Nandini's chemistry with her best friends, Sneha Verma is also an important and engaging aspect of this book.
The two friends work in an advertising agency.

Nandini seems to be content with her life.
"I just want to live my life the way it is happening. I do not want to expect, plan or steer it in any direction."

Based in the city of Kanpur, the author has given a truly Indian setting to this story.
Issues like sexual harrasment that affect us in our day-to-day life have been woven into the story.

Right Fit Wrong Shoe has been on my to-read list since I read Varsha Dixit's Only Wheat Not White
Once I had the third in the 'Right Wrong Series' - Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right in my hand, I just had to read the first two before reading the third one.
I knew they can be read as standalone stories, which I can also vouch for having read all three now. Still...

The Title
The title of Right Fit Wrong Shoe can be justified with the story if one really tries, but on face value, this title is not the right fit. But it is such a good title that I am not complaining.
And the titles that the author has given each chapter endorse her fondness and finesse for interesting, amusing titles.
Some of the unsuaual titles are - Aaj ki taaza khabar, Jab we met, Laaga chunari mein daag... almost, Gharwali Baharwali, and many more.

Cover
A funky cover, a Cinderella reminding title (am I the only one who thought of the fairy tale, I wonder), and both the figures (male and female) in a indifferent stance, is just the right cover for this romance of today.

Writing Style
With liberal use of slangs, and titles that are from our everyday lingo, Varsha Dixit has a very good and distinct writing style. 
Consider the phrase 'ignored him like expired cosmetics'. The narrative of Right Fit Wrong Shoe has many such 'never heard before' expressions.
If one does not know Hindi, and is not familiar with the common phrases or cultural reference, one would lose on the extra zing that these add to the narrative. One would not miss out on the story, but would miss out on a few smiles.

I found wrong
My one angst while reading this book... 
I can understand the reason behind Aditya's anger, and still I continue to insist that there is no situation in which physical assault can be justified. 
Aditya never hits Nandini, and as I said he is angry with good reason, but I would have liked Aditya more if his expression of this annoyance had been a little subdued.

The actual climax is not too convincing. On the other hand, in reality, don't we usually realise that most misunderstandings are becasue of insensible, unbelievable reasons once they get sorted out.

I love reading romances. I know how they are going to end - happily ever after. Maybe it is because of this certainty of 'everything will be fine' that one can relax while reading them.

Varsha Dixit's Right Fit Wrong Shoe is passionate, witty, and modish.
The light hearted banter, the uncontrollable passion, the respect for family, the mystery of past - all make this a fun read.


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Blurb

Twenty-six year old Nandini Sharma is a girl who, likemost girls in India, has been taken over by Bollywood. She falls for her neighbour Adity Sarin. He is filthy rich and fairly intelligent. She mocks death and suffers for love. Right Fit Wrong Shoe may be Indian to the core, but contains urban language. The humorous book will have you laughing so hard that it will bring tears to your eyes. The book does not have graphic scenes or physical intimacy and the words used are delicate. The funny and romantic book is about a young woman's thoughts about the society she lives in.

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About the Author - Varsha Dixit



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Varsha Dixit, the bestselling author of four successful contemporary romance books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and worked as an assistant director and online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender free,Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman. Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.



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