Impressions off the back:
A romance story set in an IT background… kind of reminds me of One Night at a Call Center in regards to the similarity in setting (not an exact match of course but still). It looks like an interesting read. There seems to be a mini-thriller in the plot too… can’t wait to see if that has worked out.
My thoughts on the book:
Best I begin with a disclaimer… the genre of romance fiction is not and has not been my choice of reading. But it seems to be the “trending” genre, and I see a lot of books – anthologies and novels both – come out in this genre. When the authoress drops a hint about reviewing a book, and I later find out she means her debut novel, I’ve no hesitation in asking for a autographed copy. Oddly enough, that’s what she meant in the first place. The book’s name is catchy, and knowing her as I have for a year or two now, I can tell it’s not going to be a waste of time. The book released on January 3rd, 2013.
The protagonist of the novel is twenty-five year old Mouni. She’s a software engineer working for an Indian software company, living the same routine-filled life as most in the IT industry (I can relate, though I’m not exactly knee deep in the industry yet). Her client is Sam, from a big company in the United States (no. not an American. His name is actually Samrat). Without actually meeting each other, they are drawn to each other. The dialogues of the on-phone conversations are quite indicative of this, and if that’s not proof enough, the gal goes to work on a Saturday since she can’t refuse the guy’s request. (That’s sacrilege, going to work on a weekend).
The couple-to-be meet when the clients come visiting to the company to meet the team of developers helping them out, and fall in love with each other. Yes, there is some tension between the two, but they do what they can to sort it out. Sam is shown to be the charming, flirtative type character when it comes to interacting casually with Mou(ni), and also a serious, focused boss when it comes to the goals and targets of the company and project. They hang out, talk casually… she introduces him to her friends, he seems to take her for granted. He recommends that she come for on-site. (Romance aside, this IT stuff got me wondering if I’m lucky to be missing all this. The gal has an amazingly gruesome boss.)
The scene shifts to the on-site in San Francisco. The hero comes to the rescue of the heroine who is having shifting troubles (Coincidentally, he doesn’t know she’s onsite). In the interim of the scene change, the girl is now in an arranged relationship (age and family pressures can do that) and the new guy stays in the USA too (how lucky is that, acc. to the girl’s mother of course). The casual courting continues while our heroine and hero’s relationship strengthens on-site. The caring side of the hero comes to the fore here, and also the protective side as well. The misunderstandings and friendly fights also continue. The arranged relationship veers off in a direction I didn’t see coming (and I’m sure you won’t either) and when the love seems to be heading for a lovely happy ending, yet another misunderstanding pushes them apart, and how!
The last part is more like a romance thriller of sorts. I can’t quite explain it, but I can tell you, it’d make a good movie. It’s not dragging itself either.
The book delivers a not-so-simple love story in a very simple language. There is romance aplenty with the nuances of the life of a software engineer also brought to the fore. The character of the hero is drawn quite well, the girl’s too but a lot simpler than the guy’s. I can picture the ending easily though, much before the last scene. The major reason for that I feel is the back-cover. Whereas a blurb is okay, I think the back-cover delves too much into the flow of the book itself. I think it could have and should have been a lot shorter than what is there. Another part I felt could’ve been boosted was a little buildup to the attraction between hero and heroine initially. One or two places, the names are confused with one another, and a wrong name is put. It usually goes with the flow and doesn’t stand out, but in one case, it’s right at a crucial juncture, so it is memorable. The book flows along at a good pace however, and minor complaints/typos aren’t necessarily a hindrance to the beauty of language.
Title: The Crazy Algorithm of Love
Author: Rajrupa Gupta
Publishers: Leadstart/Frog Books
Price: INR 195
(January 17th, 2013)