When Hari met his Saali by Harsh Warrdhan

‘When Hari met his Saali’ by Harsh Warrdhan is his debut book set in Los Angeles and India. A hilarious love triangle with Hari, Tia aImagend Tia’s sister, Simi being the three corners.

The blurb:

Tia was in love with her career and her lifestyle in America. And she was madly in love with Hari. But where was the romance she craved? Simi was the young girl left behind in a small town in India who hadn’t seen her sister for years. She was a dreamer. But what did she really want out of life? And then there was Hari. Straight-forward and uncomplicated, it felt nothing he did was ever good enough for Tia. But didn’t every man want an ambitious and successful wife no matter how demanding they were?

Theirs was a love story that was never going to be conventional. But what happened to Hari and Tia was something that nobody would have predicted.

Mix two sisters with bad history between them and one clueless man, to form one whacky triangle, and you get a cautionary lesson in how you should be careful of what you such for in the name of love.

The characters:

Tia Galhotra, 25, works as an architect in an architectural firm in Los Angeles. She is from Nagpur, India and at 19, she secured a scholarship to UCLA to study architecture and she has never gone back to India ever since. She is a movie fanatic and loves rom-coms. She has made a bucket list of things to do before thirty and is in the process of checking them out one by one. She always wanted an American best friend and Jenny is her best friend.

Hari Prasad Malhotra, Hari, is the owner of a start-up designing games and applications for mobiles and tablets. Born and brought up in America, he belongs to a rich family of doctors. Chitthi is his lead designer and also his best friend. He has subscribed to trivia lists and he receives them on his phone all the time.

Simi Galhotra, 23, Tia’s younger sister works in a small travel agency in Nagpur, India. She lives with her mother. She knows different prayers for different situations. She likes watching American shows on television and The Practice is her favourite. Her best friend is Sharmila.

Tia and Simi do not have a huggy, sappy, touchy-feely kind of a relationship but they are close and speak to each other mostly by Skype.

The story:

Hari and Tia are getting engaged in a month’s time and married two months later. Tia is all out looking for a venue and the works and Hari gets bored. One day, Chitthi tells Hari about a business proposition in Hyderabad for which Hari has to travel to India. His family tells him to go to Nagpur and meet Tia’s mother and sister and invite them to the wedding. And Simi reaches the US. As the engagement date nears, Tia gets stressed out and on the day of the engagement, the story changes the track.

My take:

The story is simple and the flow is good. The story has been narrated in third person and moves back and forth between Nagpur and Los Angeles, the timeline is even mentioned, the chapters are very long but the respite is that the sub-headings allow the reader to take a break. The book is funny at times and the story has been garnished with a lot of trivia and there are two flowcharts for understanding certain situations. The story has been written like a screenplay with even the sub-headings and the names of the chapters are like names of scenes. A bit too long, the story could have been a little shorter and still the spice would have stayed.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Harlequin India

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