BOOK REVIEW : ‘JUST MISSED’ BY HIMANSHU BHATIA

Book Title: Just Missed!

Author: Himanshu Bhatia

Total Number of Pages: 232

Publisher: Petals Publishers

Publication Date: 1 Jan 2017

Format: Paperback

Language: English

Genre: Romance

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While we try to arrange marriages by matching horoscopes and compatibilities, we forget at times that “marriages are made in heaven”. We all love to say that Bollywood romantic movies are silly, and that they go overboard in their depiction of love, we actually secretly fantasize to be characters in them. Siddharth Gupta (lovingly called Sid) is an ISB alumnus, who is an ambitious perfectionist. He wants to go up the corporate ladder at a faster pace than his age, and is doing pretty well. In his matrimonial search, Sid meets Shreya Malhotra, who herself is an IIM graduate and very career oriented. He finds Shreya the epitome of the “Beauty with Brains” tag and develops a crush on her almost instantly. Shreya and Sid are going steady towards what looks like a ‘soon to be married’ state, but when has life been that simple! On her way to Bangkok for her friend’s bachelorette party, Shreya meets Shivam Malhotra, an IITian, with a living flirting tiger inside him. While Shivam’s cheesy lines ignite hatred in Shreya, it’s only the beginning of a story that doesn’t end in Thailand. “Just Married Missed!” is the journey of a practical arranged crush, chased by crazy filmy love.

REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY

I have been reading a lot of romance novels lately and Just Missed is yet another book which is added to the list.

A slight bollywood touch to the storyline and a love triangle to keep the readers entertained. Married or missed?


Read My Previous Review of An Unlikely Chemistry Written By S.Krishnaswamy


Just Missed! by Himanshu Bhatia

Siddharth Gupta, an ISB alumnus is too hungry to get a taste of the ultimate success. He works harder than the rest of men of his age, puts on extra effort but one bad thing about his is that he is in a hurry to taste victory. Boy, slow down, you’ll get everything when it’s time. If you try to run faster than the clock, you might instead miss out on your chance.

A matrimonial site plays cupid. Ever ambitious Sid develops a crush on Shreya who is an IIM graduate and equally career driven. Talk about ‘Beauty with Brains’. Seems like a perfect match, right? They thought the same until the flirty Shivam Malhotra, an IITian had to enter into the plot and mess up their perfectly tuned relationship. Shreya finds him to be a flirt at the beginning but then as they get involved in conversations, the back-and-forth jibes brings out a funny and light-hearted side to him. Eventually, Shreya finds that she enjoys spending time with Shivam. Whatever happens with Sid’s and Shreya’s blossoming relationship, then? That is what the rest of the story is all about.

Shivam was a likeable character even though he was brought into the plot to create misunderstanding between Shreya and Sid but with each chapter, as his character developed, I liked him better than Sid. I can see why Shreya found him more interesting than Sid! I liked his funny, teasing side. Shreya was a good character too. She is studious but isn’t exactly a nerd. She is lively and a chatterbox. Siddharth, on the other hand is too focused on his work that he doesn’t have invest much of his time to form an emotional bonding with people.

The language used is simple and easily understandable. The dialogues were at times funny which I loved and the characters were developed well. The author has managed to give equal screen space to the characters so that they could develop. Overall the story has a good flow.

The narration though had a nice flow, I felt that the sentence structuring could have been worked on a bit better. The book cover does represent the title and the plot on some level, but, I think that it could have been better. There were some grammatical errors but they can be easily edited out.

MY FINAL VERDICT

For a debutante, the author has done a pretty good job. He had managed to sketch the characters well which is definitely a good thing.

If you are a romance junkie and have a soft spot for bollywood movies, you can give this book a read.

RATINGS:

Book Cover: ⭐⭐⭐

Book Title: ⭐⭐⭐.5

Plotline: ⭐⭐⭐

Writing Style: ⭐⭐⭐

Narration: ⭐⭐⭐

Characters: ⭐⭐⭐.5

Language and Vocabulary: ⭐⭐⭐

Grammar and Punctuation: ⭐⭐⭐

POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING: ⭐⭐⭐ / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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