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The First Meet by Payal Dedhia

Book blurb:

The idea of an arranged marriage may be complicated, but the infamous first meet is more brutal than anything else. What to talk about, how to behave, what to wear, the questions are endless, and the nervousness incurable.
But still, we take the plunge in the hope of meeting someone special who would steal our breath away, race our slow heartbeats and manage to ignite a spark inside us.
Meet Pankh as she goes on to the first meet with Aman. Their journey is infectious but crazy. If all goes well, wedding bells will ring, and if not, they both will move on and get into the cycle of meeting other people until they meet their better-half, their soulmate.
Pankh is jolly, loud, nervous, and Aman, sweet, polite, and an absolute gentleman. It’s the perfect pair in the imperfect world, but it all goes downhill just because of one mistake, one misunderstanding. Will they make it, or will they stay as a memory in each other’s hearts forever.

Genre: Fiction/Romance

Pages: 52

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 59 INR/ $2.99

My Ratings: 4.4/5

Pankh has just completed her graduation and wants to start doing a job. However, her mom convinces her to meet Aman via an arranged marriage proposal. The first meeting between Aman and Pankh doesn’t go as planned. However, they do end up enjoying each other’s company. But things go downhill after a few meetings as Pankh feels that Aman takes her for granted. Will they be able to come together?

Book cover taken from Amazon

What I liked about the book:
-> The concept of arranged marriage is shown in a very positive light.
-> Pankh’s sense of humor and internal dialogues in the entire story.
-> The relationship of Pankh with her BFF and her mother. These are very nicely depicted.
-> The growing closeness and growth of the relationship between Pankh and Aman is extremely on-point and gives a giddy feeling. Anyone who has been in a relationship will easily relate to how one feels during the initial days of getting to know each other.
-> How Aman explains to Pankh that though she will have his support after marriage, she will need to fight some battles on her own by speaking her mind if she doesn’t like something.

What I did not like about the book:
-> Pankh’s behavior after the misunderstanding. She behaves like a spoilt brat and stretches it a bit far in my opinion.
-> The end felt rushed; a little bit of how the wedding happens and what happens after might have added more charm I feel.

Quotable quotes:
-> Marriage is about love and passion, but can you feel something for a stranger? Reading too many novels, I craved for the perfect guy, but did they even exist?
-> She never grew tired, nor did she ever have any attitude. Taking everyone’s tantrums in her stride, she always gives us happiness. Oh, mom.
-> Every day is a new day. The day which has gone has gone. Don’t try to bring the past incidents into your new day. The mantra for a happy and successful life is to never drag your previous day to your present day. Let bygones be bygones.
-> Sometimes the simplest things attract you the most.
-> I am hungry and the smell of fresh bread makes me do things, stupid things.
->We both got quiet and somehow the silence wasn’t killing me. It felt nice like it was natural to get silent after having a delicious meal and light-hearted conversation.
-> If only we could marry our best friends, then there wouldn’t be any issue about getting ignored by our partners.
-> Friends don’t stand you up. They come at a moment’s notice, leaving everything to be with you in the time of need.
-> You need to speak up if you are not liking things. Others cannot fight every battle for you.

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