Whether that is thanks to my partly Asian roots or not, I do like stories that are impossibly big and drip emotion and tragedy from every page. This book promises exactly that, but delivers much more, too. One of the things I loved most about the story is the strong-willed, independent heroine. Maya isn’t just beautiful, but also successful in her job and aware of what she wants from her life. If you scratch the shiny surface, you’ll find wounds and scars, but also tons of strength and intelligence. This is no meek heroine that gets thrown around like a ball, although her enemies are powerful and crafty. Sure, she falls for the handsome hero who inevitably steals her heart, but she never loses her head or herself in the process.
At first I was a little skeptical that it might turn out to be a stereotypical read, because the idea of the tycoon’s son, his devil of a father and the instant fire of attraction between the protagonists is nothing new—however, I like the details that give the story depth and show how much the author is a master of her writing. You’ll find that the hunky hero Krish is more than charm, wealth, power and confidence. Look out for the bond he shares with his mother, and for his very own environmental projects. Then there’s the heroine’s unusual job, her painful past—and let’s not forget the entertaining, well thought-out supporting cast.
This book has played out in my mind much like the Bollywood movies and Hindi dramas mentioned before, which shouldn’t surprise me because the author is also a screenwriter. Adite Banerjie manages to focus on great themes like revenge, marriage, love, guilt, regret, greed and hunger for power, yet still leave room for personal development. I was satisfied with the transformation undergone by both protagonists, and of course the Happily Ever After has left me with a glowing satisfaction.
These two lessons I took away from the book: Forgiveness is the key your happiness. Love will find a way.
Today, I want to add a video to my review: As I have said, I can totally imagine the story as a movie. I was picturing heartthrob Hrithik Roshan as Krish all along, and in one scene, Maya's party outfit reminds me of a scene with Karina Kapoor and him in the box-office hit "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" (Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Sad) - which also happens to be one of my favourite Bollywood movies.