Your Dreams are Mine now – a book review


Title: Your Dreams are Mine now

Author: Ravinder Singh

ISBN: 978-0-143-42300-3

 Publisher: Penguin Metro Reads

I have read all the works by Singh, his first “I too had a Love Story” as a work will always be his best in my eyes. It truly was an honest story of a man who loved and who lost love of his life. Back then, when the book was originally published the number of authors and number of stories were limited. The balloon of authors and fiction novel has been blowing too big since then. The number of authors we had back then were limited. Singh and Bhagat were very few who came with their initial books. Since then, the Indian writing space went through a big change. Self-publishing came in picture, there are more publishing houses than there are authors. The quality of stories has degraded only since then. Among them stand those few authors who were good back at that time and end up being good even today.

Having read Singh’s all three books (not counting the anthology) I was decently excited to read his fourth work. No questions that his last book had disappointed me to umpteen extent. Honestly, the only reason I choose to read their work even today is because somewhere or else I relate to them. I relate myself with these stories. I think they are among me. Yes, time and again I’ve been disappointed but just for the sake of supporting them I read their work.

Singh’s latest book – Your Dreams are Mine now is a story based in Delhi and more specifically University of Delhi. This is understandable because Singh now writes full time from his Delhi based house and it was a clever attempt on his part to take Delhi as the story backdrop. Though, his attempt failed miserably. I shall come back to his part later in the post.

The story is claimed to be an innocent love story based in dominant campus politics. It is about the two protagonists who fall in love and how they attempt to create their positive hold in DU campus followed by their rise and fall. The story is based in North Campus and a famous commerce college in North Campus that is made of red-bricks (that is how author describes the college). I would not dug deep in the story part as it would be unfair to the author and would strictly write about the novel and what I feel about it.

On the story: Well, I wish there was a story to this novel. The text in the novel seems to be an over stretched piece of two individual’s who were born in author’s mind. To worsen the whole thing, author actually! Added a summary of a major newsbreak from 2012. This obviously was not expected from Singh, this cannot be called plagiarism because the content was modified in terms of name, actual incident and few minor changes here and there whereas the context was EXACTLY what we read in news back then. If you end up reading this part of the novel, you will think that you just completed reading a summary report of the incident that happened back then. It is a shame that Singh would indulge in such malpractice. It is total 30 pages of text that seems to be copied from newspapers only. I wonder if Singh was short of ideas or wrote this book in too much of hurry that he felt the need to use an extended news report to complete his book.

On the backdrop: When you pick up a book that you know is based in your city you expect to find yourself so close to the book. You expect that may be you will read about places you have visited, places you were present at one time or another. May be your college, your “Adda” where you used to spend your whole day during college days and many other related things. This book fails miserably on backdrop part. It seems that the author only wrote this book siting in four walls of his house and didn’t even bother to do basic research before writing this book. Honestly, no one who will read this book can agree that author has lived in Delhi for years now. The kind of backdrop setting author has presented in the book can also be written by anyone who sits in Bangladesh or as a matter of fact Mars. There is no close link of Delhi with the story, just some random mention of “North Campus” “ Rashtrapati Bhawan” and “AIIMS”.

Being a part of North campus, I was expecting so much from the book but apart from some random mention of a commerce college I didn’t read ANYTHING in this book. It seems that Singh only knew that there is a North Campus and then there is a red-brick college there. More like he didn’t even gave North Campus a visit before taking it as the battle ground of his book.

On writing style: Simple and elegant is what Singh’s writing style is in this book. No difficult or out of the world language is used. I am sure he has kept all his readers in mind who might not be as proficient as others in queen’s language.

Another good part was that there were no explicit sex scenes in this book. Apart from some kiss scenes and another romantic conversation part there was nothing that can annoy a reader. It obviously has became a tradition that an author would add some steamy hot scenes to keep the reader’s interest going in the book. Thankfully, Singh nailed it there and didn’t create more mess of this book.

My Ratings: 2/5

Please, this review is more like a personal note on the book which I happen to share with you. I don’t say read this book or don’t read this book. It should absolutely be your call. If after reading the book you think I was unfair and the book deserved more then please do not hesitate to drop me a line in comments.

Thanks Priyanshi Gulati for proof reading.

Book Review Can Love Happen Twice?


Post a day 2011

Title: Can Love Happen Twice?

Author: Ravinder Singh

Publisher: Penguin metro reads

Age Group: 16+

ISBN: 9780 1434 17231

One thing that I realized, rather say my readers made me realize is that, somewhere unintentionally in my last book review for Chetan Bhagat’s Revolution 2020; I disclosed a little bit too much of the story. So learning from my mistakes, this time I’ am not getting into the story part-at all.

The day I heard that Ravinder Singh’s new book is coming this December, I ordered it instantly. Thanks to an online story, they delivered the book today at 3PM, though; I was expecting that the book would come to me after 20th. I started reading this book at 3.30 and completed it at 7.30, 2 hrs prior to my target of 9.30. Singh’s last book was; I too had a love story. The book was a bestseller and it really touched my heart. Even today, a lot of times, I go back to the book and read the last 50 pages again and again.

 I was not counting on Singh, for another book. I really thought that he would not come up with another book. May be because I accepted the story of I too had a love story as his life story. I wonder if that was his life story or mere fiction.

Let me come to Can Love Happen Twice now

The book takes you through life of Ravin, after Khushi left him.

Ravin’s, efforts to start a new life. (And this is the maximum part of story I can share with you.)

The book talks about Ravin’s new love life, planning to marry the new girl in his life and losing the strings. The book is filled with great dialogues. This book does not make you emotional a lot of times as mentioned at the back of the book “an emotional roller coaster.” Take my words it is not a great emotional roller coaster. At one time yes it is but not to a greater extent.

This book shares a lot of funny moments, which makes you laugh. It is light love fiction, but is not following the trend of the market. The book does not have the major characteristics of a fiction novel, which we usually see; the continuous use of word F#ck, the love making scene, those one line wonders. It is a clean love story. Somewhere in this book, Singh, missed out on making sure that the readers stick to the book. In his last book I was glued to see what happens next. But here-in it was not like that. The book takes up a major issue prevailing in our society; the issue of choosing to live abroad, away from family. The issue in broader sense brings forward a women’s prospective, her dreams to marry the man of her choice, but by making the love of her life, leave behind- his parents and dreams. The story takes you through a couple; who loves each other and chooses to marry each other, but, with certain conditions laid down by women; condition not acceptable by a men. The above issue as talked about by Singh, in his novel is really credible. He has really given fire to a new set of discussion in our society. The condition laid by women to live alone, without men’s family, to enjoy the privacy all through day-and-night.

This book has a simple, little, sweet love story which does ‘end’ on a sad note but with a clear message of a happy ending. I’ am hoping that Singh is planning a trilogy. Soon, may be in another 1 yr or so, there would be another book by Ravinder Singh. And he will then continue the story and end it in that book. That book, I believe would bring an end to the story.

In my final words, I would suggest, read this book at least once; with no great expectations

Disclaimer: The age group mentioned is based on my judgment. This is no suggested by author or publisher.

 

 

 

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