Impressions off the back-cover:
A simple, light and humorous love story, taking place in a college… A guy and a girl who seem completely opposites yet fall in love. The design of the cover and top part of the back-cover indicates humor and confusion between love and studies, so this might seem familiar too.
My thoughts on the book:
I am not a very big fan of love stories, but I write them well enough, and read them fine if the love doesn’t go to a sickly sweet level. Thankfully, Shubham Choudhary’s debut offering “My Ex Fell In Love” brings much humor in narration to accompany a love filled plot and hence doesn’t go anywhere near that level.
The story is narrated in first person, from the point of view of the protagonist, Yatharth, who is an engineering student. The tone of narration is very casual, and introduces every aspect that is of importance in a witty, jestful manner that makes the reader feel as if he’s part of the plot. Through the narration, we are introduced to Yatharth’s best friends – Sudeep, the hardworking, intelligent chap who is a top ranker in his entrance exams, and Vikalp, the nonchalant, uncaring sort of character who is happy with what he has, and is doing engineering mainly to get a job. Through their fun ways, they take us through life of an engineering college, the pranks and what not.
Yatharth meets the girl, Sanchita very unexpectedly, and falls head over heels in love at first sight. The hero, quite focused on his project till that time, begins to speedily go through the phases of a relationship, each time the initiative taken by the girl. Yatharth only talks of his thoughts to his best friend, and feeling that the relationship is going too quick for his liking, calls it off. The story after this point is the narration of the change from relationship to friendship.
The book, with the smooth, pacey and yet simple narration, brings the familiarity of a campus love story, and influences from movies and other books too perhaps. Some parts are absolutely brilliant, making one wish we were like Yatharth in real life, and yet not be that comical but fun character either. Shubham layers his characters well, and doesn’t make any character predictable, except perhaps Vikalp (to an extent). However, to an extent, I could predict the ending some time before the final chapter, so perhaps, that’s an area to work on. There are no serious scenes in this book, the humor laced throughout to good effect, and not a mushy story in any respect. A good read, of a story that could very well happen in life, one of strong friendship and wonderful love. For a debut novel, this is excellent, and worth the price.
Title: My EX Fell in Love
Author: Shubham Choudhary
Genre: Humor / Romance
Price: INR 125
(’12, Dec 10)