I was attracted to the cover of The Guardian Angels and applied to review the book from the Tales Penseive. I received the book on 14th October 2013 and had seven days to read the 328 pages and write a review. I felt the time would be short as I had to manage the kids’ studies, home and office as well as complete the other book I was reading. But, in two days flat, I am done with finishing the book and writing and uploading the review.
The Guardian Angels is the epic and tumultuous story of two star-crossed lovers who weren’t just soul-mates but were also each other’s protectors.
The fates of Adi Mehta and Radha Deodhar are deeply entwined when within days of their first rendezvous they save each other’s lives.
Despite their vast sociopolitical differences, they are drawn to an uncertain future fraught with contrasting ambitions, personas and ideologies.
. . . he is the son of a billionaire, she is the daughter of a socialist.
. . . he is quiet and unassuming, she is a firebrand and spirited.
However, the unexplained phenomena ties them forever – whenever they are in peril, they are each other’s only saviors.
Over the following two decades Adi and Radha live through hope and despair, joy and sadness, and try to decipher their relationship. As the truth of their bond is revealed, they must confront the true nature of love, and ultimately, their destinies.
He is a romantic and she, a realist- they are the closest of friends, belong to two different worlds but what bonds them together is more than friendship, they are soul mates and each other’s Guardian Angels.
The Guardian Angels is the story of the friendship of Aditya Mehta, Adi and Radha Deodhar, Radhi who meet when they are both twelve and Radha saves him from being hit by three seniors in the compound adjoining the backyard of the school. From then on, destiny ensures that they become each other’s protectors, saving each other’s lives- hence, the name Guardian Angels.
Aditya Mehta is the son of a billionaire, Karan Mehta, lives in a twenty-storeyed house. He is bullied by the children in his school, nobody talks to him. His mother, Naina Mehta is the Co-chairman of the Mehta Empire and Heena, his sister is two years older than him. Heena and Adi are like two Siamese twins separated by two years and are able to know about each other’s state of mind. To the outside world, Heena is the lively one and Adi, the queit one, but between them, this is reversed.
Radha Deodhar’s father works for a bank and gets relocated every two years and is very active in the trade union. She is very close to her middle class parents who are very supportive. She is very down to earth and principled. There is a history of Huntington’s disease in her family which she mistakenlt presumes to be forgetfulness. Radha does not like Adi’s rich status, taunts him about it and they have constant arguments because of this.
Only two people in the world know Adi like no one else, Radha and his cricket coach, Ghanekar Sir. His mother feels that it is Radha who keeps him grounded and real.
After 12th, Radha joins a course in socialism and Adi goes to the Michigan Technological University of USA. Their friendship, arguments, fights and reconciliations continue over phone and emails. She becomes a socialist and he joins the Mehta Group.
The characters have been very well developed and described. The story has been written from the perspective of all the characters. In almost every chapter of the book, the author has divided into Adi, wherein the author talks about Aditya’s part of the story and Radha’s Journal, which is dated, keeping the reader oriented in time.
The four parts the book has been divided into makes the understanding of the story better. The language used is very simple and the flow is good. The book is emotional at times and there are instances that I had tears running down my cheeks without even realizing that I was crying.
In my opinion, ‘The Guardian Angels’ is a book with an offbeat romance but the end left me hoping for more. Could it have been different???
Book Source: Review copy from the Tales Pensieve
The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.