Book Review: eLove – Terms & Conditions Applied
Romantic books, movies have always fascinated me. The feel good factor that they bring to the table is what draws me to the, always. It makes me want to read more and more. E-Love is a teenage saga. Wanting to reminisce my teenage years, I picked up this book to review.
Ankit’s brother is getting married in an arranged marriage setup. He meets Akshi in this setup as she is related to the bride-to-be. After a few days they start talking to each other via text message and thus begins their relationship. Will this relationship stand the test of times? Will there be a happily ever after? The answers to these questions forms the narrative of e-Love.
The Book Bakers have done a good job in capturing the entire feel of the book through their cover page. Depicting love story over technology, in today’ s time- the main essence of the book has been captured well. The author has tried to capture the busy lives of teenagers today. In trying to be social – via Facebook, WhatsApp, et al, they are not realizing that they are getting anti-social infact. You don’t end up talking to the person who is beside you because you are busy facebooking or whatsapping on your phone. Relationships start/ end via technology and not by meeting in person. I think the depth of the relationship would be entirely different when you are face to face rather than conversing on the phone.
The language in this novel is extra simple, as if you are reading a school textbook. The author wants to reach out to the average Indians, I agree; but still as a reader, for me, the language was a complete put off. I do not want to read such simple dialogues. Also more than simple language, the book seems like a first draft. It feels like reading though a child’s essay. In the narrative, somethings are just illogical. On one side it shows how technology is taking over, and on the other side the couple can not even meet alone!! There are a lot of grammatical blunders as well, which is definitely not acceptable in a published work. Love stories become epic when the characters get etched in your heart. But the characters of Ankit and Akshi are a blur. There is no relate-ability factor. There is no visualization. There is no flow of story. You just don’t know why the characters are behaving in a certain manner. Basically there is no connect between the characters & the reader. Which is the saddest of all things that can happen to a reader.
It is difficult to write a book and there is no denying that. It takes months, maybe years to string each and every word and weave a story; and we as reviewers read and give the verdict in 600 words. But all hard work notwithstanding a reader deserves better than this. Indian readers have a far greater sensibility and choices in today’s time because of the prolific work of many Indian authors and also the availability of International authors due to technology ofcourse!! (pun intended 🙂 ).
We say, can easily skip this one!!
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