About the author:
Preeti Shenoy is an author and artist based in Bangalore, India. She is the author of the books “34 Bubblegums and Candies” and “Life is what you make it”. This book is her third published work. She has also been part of the Sulekha Book series, with her poetry being published as part of that collection.
The book in a nutshell:
The story is about a girl, Nisha who leads a simple life, nothing perfect in it. She’s single, plump and plain looking. All that changes when her name is pulled out of a draw to go to an important function. There, she meets, and falls in love with Samir Sharma, who is a senior partner at another firm. The chance meeting doesn’t go that well on one count, as she ends up losing her job. But other things do go her way. Her luck changes and she’s invited by Samir to on an even more important tour. After her return, her personal life gets an even harder hit. Samir comes to the rescue again. They get married, and she thinks their life is going happily. Their lives are blessed with two children, a daughter first and then a son. Nisha becomes a devoted mother.
After eight years of married life, she one day finds a letter from Samir saying it isn’t working out. He offers to give her the money to take care of the children. Overnight, she has to make changes in her life. She moves out of her house, finds a new place to stay. She finds support in her old friend Akash who tries to help her out. Akash helps her to start a new career, and her new neighbor, a lovely lady Mrs. B also gives that career a push. Is that enough to help her rebuild her life and her status in society?
What I liked in the book:
It’s a light read, a simple love story that flows quickly and is narrated in a simple language as well. There are parts that make you smile. I liked the character of Akash, who brings some excitement into the story once he comes. The cover design is nice too.
What I didn’t like:
The book is too predictable. I’d have loved it if the character of Mrs. B was done in a little more detail and brought out to the fore. That being said, only Nisha’s character seems to have got the complete attention and the other character sketches somewhat fall by the wayside. It’s quite hard to imagine that Samir, who falls in love with, and becomes a part of many positive changes to Nisha’s life in a very short period of time (and he wanted to do it) can get so grouchy so quickly. The reason for that change is also very fickle, unbelievable; as is the ending.
It’s a decent read. I guess quite a few women might be able to relate to the plot. If you really like romance stories, then you’ll find it to be a page turner, even with the predictability. I wouldn’t say it’s just a one-time read, it’s got enough to hold you a second or third time, as long as you put some time between the reads. It’s a good book, but it could’ve been a whole lot better.
Title: Tea for two and a piece of cake
Author: Preeti Shenoy
Publishers: Random House India
Price: INR. 125
(March 18th, 2013)