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Monday, December 01, 2014
Book Review : ‘Twists of Fate' by Priyanka Naik
‘Twists of Fate’ by
Priyanka Naik has a strange sense of being autobiographical, but again, how far
it is, I do not know. For me, it actually comes up at a funny time, I am due to
visit Mumbai in a few days, and this book, which has all the nostalgic memories
of Mumbai comes to me at exactly this time. So, naturally I picked it up and
read it. You could also check out her Interview here.
Let’s get to the book.
It is a story of three friends, Sharvari, Parizaad and Nandini. The story
begins with dealing with their growing up years, through school, college and
their years of separation. I liked the way she started off with Sharavari,
because there were a few parts in there, where it became easy for me to empathise
with her. Her love for books and her tomboyish nature, reminded me of my earlier
times. So, I became more interested in
As I flipped pages, I came
across Parizaad, who belongs to a typical Parsi household, and also the rich
family of Nandini. Parizaad, who is the daughter of a mother who ran a place called
Café Connect. She could have been a misfit, is left to find her way in the UK,
as a photojournalist, with a sick mother in tow, finds her way back to Mumbai.
Nandini, who has to
face a sad love story and a sadder marriage, is back in Mumbai, thanks to an
ugly divorce. Sharvari, who had survived her years in Mumbai with a
misunderstood marriage, finds herself riding near Café Connect, on day when she
comes upon Parizaad. The two meet after a long time, and get back in touch with
the third soul sister of their friendship, Nandini.
What and how the three
are doing today, and how they come back together, with their stories and how
they would travel the path together, forms the end of this debut novel.
I liked the novel, but I
felt that it was a little too long at times. I was left wondering how close it
was to the author, for her to have taken the time to weave in so many elements
into the book. There were a few odd moments in the book, which broke into the
flow of the story.
But, I leave it to you readers,
and you might pick it up for your own reasons, it definitely will leave you
with one or two of its many elements to remember it by.