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JUST MISSED! – HIMANSHU BHATIA

Title:JUST MISSED!
Author:HIMANSHU BHATIA
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: PETALS PUBLISHERS; First edition (2017)
Language: English
Paperback: 100 pages

Blurb:
While we try to arrange marriages by matching horoscopes and compatibilities, we forget at times that “marriages are made in heaven”. We all love to say that Bollywood romantic movies are silly, and that they go overboard in their depiction of love, we actually secretly fantasize to be characters in them. Siddharth Gupta (lovingly called Sid) is an ISB alumnus, who is an ambitious perfectionist. He wants to go up the corporate ladder at a faster pace than his age, and is doing pretty well. In his matrimonial search, Sid meets Shreya Malhotra, who herself is an IIM graduate and very career oriented. He finds Shreya the epitome of the “Beauty with Brains” tag and develops a crush on her almost instantly. Shreya and Sid are going steady towards what looks like a ‘soon to be married’ state, but when has life been that simple! On her way to Bangkok for her friend’s bachelorette party, Shreya meets Shivam Malhotra, an IITian, with a living flirting tiger inside him. While Shivam’s cheesy lines ignite hatred in Shreya, it’s only the beginning of a story that doesn’t end in Thailand. “Just Married Missed!” is the journey of a practical arranged crush, chased by crazy filmy love.

My Review:
A book with an unusual love story of Sid, Shreya and Shivam which is well portrayed with a simple narration free from complex words and vocabulary. Siddharth Gupta meets Shreya through a matrimonial site. In due course of time, they understand each other.  Meanwhile Punjabi girl Shreya meets minx Shivam and their friendship proceeds further from infactuation to love
Not to spoil further, Shreya is left with a choice to make in between the flirty Shivam or ambitious Sid as her life partner, what’s next ?

The questions which the blurb opens to the readers:
1. Who sacrifices whom ?
2. Will Sid be able to make up his life with Shreya?
3. What is iPad diary ?
4. How did Shreya tend towards flirty Shivam ?

This book carries perfect emotions, family values, deeper friendship ties. Honestly reading first half of the book I felt the story is quite predictable when the book progressed it proved my imagination as wrong. It has thrown many twists and ended with an unusual climax. I loved Protagonist Shreya characterization throughout the plot. Though being his first book the author has done a wonderful job in penning down the narration aptly. Easy and uncomplicated vocabulary makes the reader a perfect page turner.

I rate “JUST MISSED! – HIMANSHU BHATIA” a 3.5/5, highly recommended for young adults, Unusual romantic love story with many twists n turns. When it comes to explaining the emotional Bondage n relationships the author has not left any stone unturned. Overall its a onetime read specially to the readers whose favorite genre is love and romance. Must read for the readers who like love triangle and sweet twists.

Regards
Kiran K Adhapuram

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