Author: Kiran Manral
Publisher: Jufic Books
Cover Design: Mistha Roy
About the Author: Kiran Manral has worked with some of the leading media houses in India as a feature writer and journalist. Her debut novel, The Reluctant Detective, was published in 2012. She lives with her family in Mumbai and puts her current job definition down as school gate mom.
Blurb: The story revolves around the main protagonist, Rayna De, an almost 30-year-old, independent woman who is stuck in a horrible corporate job. Her boss gives her endless tasks making her life hell. Her parents are pestering her for marriage. She is completely stuck in her life where the only person who interests her is Deven Ahuja. Deven Ahuja is much like the character of Mr Darcy, who keeps confusing her. As Rayna is stuck between her job, her crush and the groom of her parents’ choice, Sid Bose, she discovers that life has its plans.
Review: The cover page of the book, the cream coloured background with red lipstick and the red heart is eye-catching. The cover page immediately hints at the elements of romance and the presence of a female protagonist. The word ‘crush’ in the title captures the interest of the readers and immediately takes them to their college day’s romance.
The novel is set in present-day Mumbai which takes the reader in the fast-paced city life which the modern reader will find relatable.
The novel is gripping right from the very beginning. The story begins with the first-person narrative of the female protagonist, Rayna De, herself who tells us about herself her friend whom she calls Pixie. Rayna De talks about her corporate job, which she doesn’t find attractive at all. Even though her parents want her to get married, she is not interested in getting married and calls it a “communicable disease”.
Rayna is someone with whom the women of the present generation can easily relate with. She gets annoyed with her parents, who are nagging her to arrange marriage since she is going to be 30 soon. Rayna has a temper, curses, thinks about sex, keeps her house messy and finds her wardrobe outdated. Don’t you see all these sounding similar!
Kiran uses language intelligently, and we find many interesting quotable lines weaved in beautifully in the novel. The plot has a fast pace, and there is never a dull moment in the book.
Overall, the novel is a fun read and interesting enough to finish at one go. It’s a speedily read which the reader will find enjoyable.
P.S.: The review is done as part of the Blogchatter Book Review Program