The first impression that any book makes matters a lot. That’s done by the cover art and the blurb. This is true for every genre, but I feel it is truer when the genre is romance. This is the genre that is prominent in Indian Writing in English, so how the book stands out from the crowd (er… shelf) is quite important.
There are times when I find that the first impression a book makes is confusing. The saying goes, don’t judge a book by the cover, but let’s be fair, that’s the first thing we notice about the book. When a book’s cover says one thing, the blurb says another, it becomes confusing. The cover of this book, My Dream Man, was something I did not like. It was pink, not my favorite color, and the cover art felt like a position right out of the Kama sutra. The blurb promised a romantic story, and I had liked the author’s first book, though that book was a completely different genre.
I have a fondness for children’s stories, and love to read them. I honestly feel that there’s a part of me which refuses to grow up, so the genre appeals in particular to that part of me. What appealed to me when I first read the title of the book is the name of the main character. I had no idea what the cover looked like at that time, so it was just that name, Hama-Guri, which piqued interest in the story. Continue reading “Book Review: Hama-Guri Goes to School, by Aditi Bose”