Wrong Means Right End by Varsha Dixit

Blogadda came up with this review just at the time that I was yearning for a book of this sort. After loads of heavy reading, this was fit the bill perfectly.

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Sneha is a hard-working single mom, living in Mumbai with her little son, Advey. Her best friend forever, Nandini, newly married and deliriously happy, is busy trying to arrange blind dates for Sneha. Sneha ends up the guinea pig for Nandini’s experiments in getting her hitched, at almost party that she throws.

Nandini is married to Aditya Sarin, an industrialist, and is currently working in his organisation to find out what works for her. Sneha is busy juggling her career and her son, supported by her help, Amla. Their friendship goes way back, and they have been together through all sorts of trouble. Both of them are very protective towards the other. Now, all that Nandini wants is for her friend to have the same sort of bliss that she shares with Aditya. Sneha’s ordered life goes up in the air when she comes across Nikhil, with whom she shares some unpleasant history. And he doesn’t come alone, he comes with Aditya’s ex-fiancee Gayatri, who, apparently, is still hung up on Aditya.

Before she knows it, Sneha is in the middle of all sorts of chaos. Nandini and Aditya’s marriage seems to be unraveling, Hers and Nandini’s friendship seems to be history, and the only person who can help her is Nikhil. Nikhil who can’t stand her, Nikhil, who, she will do anything to avoid. They need to forget their history and egos, if Nandini and Aditya’s marriage has to be saved. Of course it doesn’t help that Sneha ends up in places where she has no business being, only to add to the complications.

A light and fun read. Perfect if you want to leave your brains behind and read. A Mills and Boon sort of romance, with a few additional twists thrown in. And all that goes with tales of this sort, two people with incredible chemistry, but seem to rub each other the wrong way. Sneha and Nandini’s friendship was something I really enjoyed reading about. That added some freshness to the tale. The twists and turns were, well, predictable, but the book is quick-paced, so you don’t really get bored. The background tale of the antagonism between Sneha and Nikhil was rather tame as well, and in some ways a little disappointing. The descriptions were very stereotyped. I mean, can someone tell me what exactly hooded eyes are? Of course, all the men were gorgeous and super rich. The amount the characters curse, was, a bit of a put off, for me, but then, that’s just probably me.

The one place it was surprisingly not stereotyped was Sneha, with her independence, and her need for speed, was a welcome change from the usual stereotypes. So was Nandini’s expectations from her marriage. It gave the book, the much-needed depth. In fact, I wish the book had explored more of these, it would have been a little more interesting, in my opinion. As such the book has more of the chemistry between Sneha and Nikhil than anything else. Although, It might work well for a younger/different audience, I suppose.

A light, quick read, perfect for a light afternoon read or a holiday read, when all you want is something nice and light.

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Keep the change by Nirupama Subramanian

Nirupama Subramanian’s debut book is about good girl Damayanthi. Damayanthi has never rebelled, never done a wild thing in her life. She has topped all her grades, become a CA and now works with the neighbourhood Chartered Accountants. The only thing she hasn’t done like a good girl, is get married as soon as she was of the ‘marriageable age’. She lives with her parents and they have been trying very hard to get her hitched off. At the ripe old age of 26, they fear that their daughter will remain a old maid unless drastic measures are taken.

Damayanthi on the other hand, is bored and dying for a change. Bored of her job, bored of her life, bored of leading a life where watching Sex and the City is the high point of her life.

Egged on by her successful friend Sumi, she jazzes up her CV and started applying. She lands a job at an international bank, and there is no looking back. She is ready to take on the world, do the things she has never done so far. She hopes to transform from a conservative curd-rice eating, living with her parents girl, to a go getter corporate babe. A complete makeover, as far away from Amman Kovil Street as she can get.

She lands up in Mumbai and then starts her adventure. So does she change? Does she do everything she wanted to? Read it to find out. One thing I can promise is that you’ll have a great time finding out. A total chick lit, which keeps you laughing through the pages. You just don’t want it to end. Its a light, fun read if you enjoy this genre of books. It was certainly perfect to keep me sane and laughing during a day full of home decor challenges!

Meet me at Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

Issy Randal works in admin at a cut-throat real estate agency. She loves baking, having been taught by her grandfather, a passionate baker, whom she adores. Taking cupcakes to work, sharing with her friends during her commute and living a steady, peaceful life, Issy is satisfied with the way her life is going. Her grandfather is now older and needs help. She brings him to London from Manchester, where he lived all his life, so that he is near her in a nice nursing home. The only sad thing in her life is that her beloved granddad seems to be losing his memory and knowing that she can do nothing more to help him or to change the situation.

She has been seeing Graeme, one of the top guys at her work, although they had not gone open about it as office romances were not exactly encouraged. Issy had been comfortable in her easy and safe job. Issy is jolted out of her complacency when she is fired from her job, as a result of cut-backs. She is further hurt because clearly Graeme knew and did not feel the need to let her know. Not just that, she realized that everybody in the office knew that Graeme and her were going out, and Graeme knew they knew, and yet insisted on continuing the charade. Humiliated, and disillusioned, she walks out of her job and her relationship and finds solace in the cakes she bakes.

Shutting herself away in her house, stuffing herself with cake, and trying to forget the world, Issy is depressed and totally down.

Pushed by her friend Helena, she steps out tentatively and ends up leasing a place to open her ‘Cupcake Cafe’. But of course nothing is as straightforward as one would wish for. She finds opposition where she least expects, and help as well, from unexpected quarters.

So will she be able to translate her passion into business? Or will she go down in business, the same way she went in her previous career. You’ll have to read it to find out, but I guarantee you’ll have a blast along with Issy on her journey.

Issy’s story is interwoven with her friends and colleagues’s life and as you read it, you can’t but want everything to work out for everybody. The book also has recipes, written in a wonderfully quirky style. And the food descriptions are guranteed to have you drooling. So much so that I was itching to bake and ice cupcakes as I read the book.

A nice, fun read, something light for a summer evening read. Not so light on the tummy though, because it made me crave for all the cakes described there!

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I’ve always loved Sophie Kinsella’s books. Especially her shopoholic series, so when Smita mentioned that Kinsella’s latest was out, I had to read it. Luckily for me, it reached my hands rather quickly too!

Poppy Wyatt, engaged to the perfect man, Magnus Tavish, has everything she wants, until she goes and loses the one thing she is absolutely not supposed to lose – her engagement ring. The precious family heirloom that Magnus had given her as the engagement ring.

It doesn’t help that Magnus’ whole family is full of intellectuals who discuss Greek Philosophy at the dinner table. She already feels that she is considered inferior, not good enough to marry their intellectual son. After all she is just a physiotherapist, with not even a paper in her name. Now having lost their precious ring, she is about to confirm for them, all their worst suspicions about her.

Just when she is trying to locate her ring, she manages to get mugged and loses her phone – her precious phone with all her contacts. Can anything be worse?

Things seem quite bleak until she finds an abandoned phone in the bin. Finders keepers she deems, although the phone’s owner, Sam Roxton, doesn’t quite think so. She is days away from her wedding, juggling between her messages, Sam’s messages, and trying everything to get her ring back, often muddling up things for other people.

So does Poppy get her ring back, does Sam get his phone back? You’ll have to read it to find out, but I can guarantee that you will have a wonderful time reading it! You’ll find yourself chuckling away, laughing out loud(scaring your child, sometimes), and wishing that the book never ends! It is totally unputdownable.

A delightful, fun read, a book that does not disappoint, leaves us wanting for more!

Promises, Promises by Erica James

Every now and then I need a good chick-lit to cheer me up, to soak in the warm,warm feelings, and to read,  without thinking.. knowing that everything will indeed be fine at the end.. Erica James’ Promises, Promises fit the bill perfectly.

Ella has just stepped out of a seven year old relationship after realizing that her partner’s daughter would never accept her, no matter what she did. She is determined to stay single, and promises herself to not let her heart rule her head, ever again.

Maggie is married to a man who does not appreciate her at all. She run around earning money working as a cleaning lady and is treated like dirt by both her employers and her family. All she wants is to stand up for herself and she promises herself that she would be more assertive and stand up for herself.

Ethan is caught in an unhappy marriage, working a business which is in a tough spot, and his socialite wife and spoiled teenage daughter do not seem to realize that a recession is on, nor do they care about anything he cares about. He promises himself that he will not resort to meaningless sex with other women to hide his unhappiness.

Fate brings all the three of them face facts that might have been ignoring, and forces them into making decisions which they might have never done other wise.

I can’t tell you anymore without all of you guessing the plot, but would recommend it if you like a light,fun and entertaining book. All the characters are well developed, and you can’t help feel for them. As you read the book, you want things to all work out for them. It is a nice feel good book, and it certainly made me laugh out in loads of places. A nice pleasant, fun and predictable read, and I would give it a 3.5/5.

PS: I would not be pestering you all with reviews for a while, I don’t seem to be making a headway in the latest book that I have been reading. I suspect the term break has been having it’s effect on my reading as well.

Mini Shopaholic By Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella has been one of my favourite amongst Chick-lit writers, and her Shopaholic series has been one of the funniest I have read. So when I got to know that her latest in the series had been released, I just had to get my hands on it.

We had left Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood, right after she gave birth to her daughter in the previous book in the series.. Now, it turns out that the shopaholic mother has indeed passed on some of her genes to her daughter Minnie. Two-year-old Minnie seems to have the same expensive taste as her mother, in toys, clothes, shoes and even handbags. If anything, she is even more accomplished than her mother, she does things like ordering 16 Miu Miu coats online!  Becky, on the other hand, has her hands full, tryng to keep herself from shopping – a promise she makes to Luke. Becky, being Becky, finds incredibly innovative ways of shopping, and even uses her innovative skills in becoming the most promising salesperson in her workplace. However , all is not perfect, as Becky soon finds out. Along with all the recession and her work place issues, she is also trying to plan a birthday party for Luke(her husband), while trying not to spend too much.

The book is an absolute laugh-riot, as far as we don’t use our brains while we read 🙂 Anybody who liked Kinsella’s Shopaholic series is sure to like this. A light-hearted fun read, which makes us laugh and cringe at Becky’s antics. There are times I want to hit her on her head!

All in all, a fun read, when all one wants is some laughs and a bit of fun!