Bookish Witch, Miscelleneous

What I Hate Most by Milan Vohra

Blurb (as on Amazon)

A short story about a couple married for almost 30 years. Where every day of their lives and every sentence in the story tells you what he hates about her. And what she hates about him. She hates how even today it hurts, because like a fool she wants him to say something different, something from his heart – just once to her. But every time, once in the year when she tells herself she’ll ask him once more, just this last time, “Do you love me?” he looks surprised as if it’s so immature of her to want to know. “What kind of silly question is that?” That’s his answer. Every single year.
Will it change this year? Is it even a love story if no one ever says ‘I love you’ to the other?
An off-beat story of love gone old that is sure to pull at your heartstrings. From India’s popular romance author Milan Vohra.

Genre: Fiction/Romantic Short Story

Pages: 18

Format: Kindle

Price: 49 INR/$ 0.99

My Rating: 4.8/5

A couple has been married for almost 30 years. While they have stuck together for this long, there are certain aspects about each other that they truly hate. From the way she keeps asking him, “Do you love me?”, to the way he never takes her out for adventures and traveling, we look at a couple, not unlike us and the many we see around us.

What I liked about the book:

  • It is a one-of-a-kind read where each paragraph is with a different PoV (out of the two main characters). It’s more a very long abstract poetry. But whatever it is, it captivates you and keeps you hooked till the end.
  • There are almost no dailogues (as much as I can recall there’s only one) and even then we feel like the characters are interacting.
  • It teaches us an important lesson of ‘If you love someone, let them know’
  • The story is relatable for most couples, especially Indian couples, who fall into a routine of accepting each other and everything about marital life as it is.

What I did not like about the book:

  • A lot is conveyed in the limited pages and words. Even so, the telling of it does feel incomplete.

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