Bookish Witch

A Break in Love by Rrashima Swaarup Verma

Blurb (as on Amazon):

The difference between Karan’s conservative pin-striped suits and Lisa’s trendy designer fashion is as stark as the difference between their personalities, backgrounds and even their professions. To the casual observer, Lisa and Karan are a perfect example of ‘opposites attract’. The truth, however, is a far cry from this seemingly perfect relationship. In a relentlessly fast-paced world where the stresses of surviving leave no room for much else, will this young couple have to accept the heart-breaking reality that all love stories aren’t forever after all? Or will an unexpected, brief separation give them a final chance to re-discover the lost magic?

Genre: Fiction/Romantic Drama

Pages: 280

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 196 INR/$2.99
  • Paperback: 225 INR/$9.96

My rating: 4.3/5

In the eyes of society and those around them, Karan and Lisa are couple goals. Their 5-year long marriage is the perfect ‘opposites attract’ and ‘happily ever after’ story. To them too, it seemed so for a while. But over the past few months, all they’ve done is fought and argued. Lisa can’t remember the last time they made love and Karan can’t recall when he had a decent conversation with Lisa. Is their marriage falling apart?

What I liked about the book:

  • The book teaches us that there are ups and downs in every relationship and making them work needs efforts. You need to have faith on each other to sustain the relationship. It shows the importance of love and of not giving up on the people you love.
  • It is an ideal interpretation of a contemporary romanace. It deals almost exactly with what most couples face a few years into their marriage. Mundane and routine tasks replace thrilling and exciting ones, couples take each other’s affection for granted and forget to appreciate the small things. These topics have been elegantly touched upon without making it too harsh yet managing to bring out the realities of most marriages, especially those of millenial and gen-z couples.
  • The writing is powerful and there’s an interesting cast of side characters to keep you entertained. Both Karan and Lisa’s friends are very relatable characters, people we ourselves have in our social circle. Even Karan and Lisa’s parents are quite well written and placed in nicely throughout the book.
  • I especially liked how through the characters of Lisa and Karan’s mothers, the author has shown two kinds of mothers we all know and have come across. Lisa’s mother is a lawyer, a women right’s activist and she fails to look at her daughter’s failing marriage as a fault of her own duaghter and is quick to jump to conclusions blaming Karan for it all. Then we have Karan’s mother, a homemaker, with stereotypical traits of being a possesive, overprotectice and interfering mother, who is critical of everything about Lisa. Their husbands (Lisa and Karan’s fathers) are also well-portrayed.
  •  The plot is refreshingly different and the concept is unique. It has something for every category of readers to keep them interested – foodies, travellers, corporate high flyer, comedy, et all.

What I did not like about the book:

  • Although it was a satisfying read, I did feel there was quite a lot of fluff in the story. A few pages and details could definitely have been avoided.

Quotable quotes:

  • It is amazing how much a good cup of coffee and a heart-to-heart with a close friend could help.
  • For all their talk of gender equality and women’s empowerment, they were the ones who didn’t believe in having equal relationships most of the time.
  • Men, whether they are in New York or good old Delhi, are always difficult.
  • There is a certain intimate quality about spending time at home sometimes.
  • Best friends are better confidence boosters than husbands.
  • The weaker you appear in front of others, the more they’ll take advantage.
  • It’s amazing how well the topic of weather worked if you wanted to steer someone away from a particularly incovenient conversation.
  • All couples argue and fight sometimes. It doesn’t have to mean anything.
  • No couple is perfect. No relationship is perfect.
  • Even love needs a break sometimes.
  • Love isn’t enough to make a relationship work.
  • There is something every evocative about the sea. It brings a lot of suppressed thoughts to the surface.
  • You should not be against love. Just the false illusions it creates in some people’s minds
  • Being rich isn’t enough, you need to have the spine to spend a little too.
  • The best part of travelling is that you get to experiment with food.
  • You shouldn’t be against arranged marriage as there is nothing wrong with it. As long as the guy is nice, what difference does it make whether you meet him in a club or your parents introduce you.
  • That’s what love is all about. Emotions-good and bad, joy and sorrow, expectations and disppointments- but emotions nevertheless.
  • Love and guilt usually go together.
  • The best part about staying in a good hotel is that there’s always enough to do.
  • We all make our fair share of mistakes. But we have to learn to live and learn.
  • When you’re heartbroken, it always seems like the end of the world when they happen. It won’t look quite as bad when you look at it in perspective. Give it a few days and you’ll be right as rain.
  • That’s how vacations are. There’s something so utterly, perfectly romantic and idyllic about them.
  • No relationship is perfect. There’s always more to it than meets the eye.
  • Love is strange. It has a way of making you forget about everything else as though nothing matters. Love is delusional, in that it makes you see everything through rose-tinted glasses to the point where you only see and believe what you want.
  • Everyone isn’t as blessed as to love someone and be loved in return.
  • That’s the thing about holidays. They go by in a flash and you always wish you had a couple of days more. And before you know it, you’re getting ready to go back.

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