I received the book Destined by Rubina Ramesh as a review copy from the author. Thank you Rubina, for the book. This book is the story of a daughter and the relationship she shares with her father.
Esha Mehra could have taken care of her father, only if she had some support from her fiancé. But he had his priorities set and her sick father was nothing but a burden. Esha didn’t have any other choice but to apply for a loan from her office. But she had not banked on the fact that the Head of Geno Technologies needed her for other reasons.
When Rohan Sharma saw Esha for the first time, he felt she was the one. He had no intention of falling in love with her for the pain of the past was still too much to bear. But he did need Esha as a decoy to his plan. But Esha was not a damsel in distress who would bend to his will easily. While he was sure that he would marry her only for six months, he still couldn’t understand why he felt a searing jealousy every time, her ex-fiancé Ayush’s name was mentioned.
While these two souls had other plans in their lives, Destiny conspires to bring them together. But will the stench of Death let them live their lives?
Twenty five year old Esha Mehra lives with her father, Prateek Mehra, in Bangalore. Having lost her mother to cancer when she was young, her father is the only family she has left. The retired principal of a private college, her father has always been there for her irrespective of how his day had been, he had shouldered all her sadness so that she could have a happy childhood. Having stayed with her mother in hospitals since she was eight, as her father had to go to work, she is an introvert, a quiet and private person.
She has just joined a prestigious IT Company, Geno IT Solutions and is yet to be paid her first salary when her father is diagnosed with the same disease that her taken her mother and her childhood. She has depended on her father for everything in her life and now that he was sick, she did not know where to start. So she starts by calling her relatives, who are not helpful and then calculating their assets and realizes that she would have to sell their house and even for that at least a month is needed. She surfs the net and finds that her company is one of the best companies that did philanthropic work. But would her company sponsor her dad’s treatment.
Next morning, she speaks to the Company Secretary, Mr Chakraborty, and asks him for a loan, who in turn speaks to Rohan Sharma, the owner of Geno It Solutions. Rohan gets a background check done on her and asks her to enter into a six month contract marriage with him. He has his reasons: A clause in his father’s will and his step mother, who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend is blackmailing him and he wants her off his back.
Then there is Ayush, the guy she loves, the one who had been her best friend since childhood, the guy she wants to marry, someone who has been there through her ups and downs and knows all about her. She feels if she talks to him, he would help her financially. But when she does so, she draws a blank and ends up breaking her engagement and 20 years of friendship.
She accepts his proposal, he meets her father, pre-nuptial contracts are drawn and he tells her that though this marriage would be in name only, she has to convince Zaira that she loves him and would not leave him under any circumstance.
He had barely survived his first tryst with love and had sworn to keep away from anything to do with that emotion and she willed herself to not let any emotion invade her mind. But, he could not understand what it was about Esha that stopped him from thinking rationally
Though, we say that daughters and sons are equal, but I feel many women have to go through. Rubina has touched a very important topic by using the setting of the book.
The characters are strong and very well developed. Esha is a daughter who would make any parent proud. And Rohan, the ideal son-in-law. The secondary characters also have important roles to play in the story.
The relationship between Esha and her father has been beautifully depicted. The dialogues are very realistic.
What I loved most was the simple language and the fast pace of the book. the flow is so good that the reader is pulled into the book.
I loved the book and read it twice in a span of two days.
A must, must read.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.