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Why not? by Venuka Goyal

Blurb (as on Amazon):

Preeti doesn’t date. She is from a conservative family and she doesn’t need all that drama in her life. But she had borrowed Arjun’s umbrella the previous evening and now he is asking her to return it to him in a coffee shop. Does that count as a date? Will Preeti go to the coffee shop? Well… Why not?

Arjun’s family is pushing him to get married. But after his broken engagement from a year ago, he hasn’t dated anyone. Should he propose marriage to his colleague, Preeti? The Preeti who doesn’t date. Well… they are from the same community and their parents are likely to be okay with it. So… Why not!

Genre: Fiction/Romantic Drama

Pages: 51

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 49 INR/$0.99

My rating: 4.1/5

Preeti belongs to a conservative family and will get married to a boy chosen by her family. Hence she doesn’t date, despite being asked out by many suitors, multiple times. Arjun works in the same building where Preeti’s office is located. They know each other by name but have never spoken to each other. A rainy day leads to an encounter that might change their lives. Will it lead to their happily ever after though?

What I liked about the book:

-> It is a short, sweet read that leaves a smile on our faces after reading it.
-> It’s unlike most romance books with a clichéd story. In fact, it’s more of a practical as well as relatable read for an Indian audience, where, in an arranged/love marriage the couple tries to understand each other’s feelings.
-> The characters are not straightforward or the typical romance hero/heroine models. They have depth and angst. But what I liked most is that none of the scenes or the characters’ actions are overdramatized.
-> The conversations between Preeti and Arjun during their initial meetings are so heartwarming and seem really authentic. I loved how Arjun remembers the tiny details of what Preeti shared from her childhood days and then does something around it later, after their marriage.

What I did not like about the book:

-> Preeti’s behavior and actions sometimes leave the reader frustrated.
-> For all its sweetness, I wish there was some more drama or twists and turns involved in the story.

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