Some people get lucky sometimes. I felt this way when I was invited by Indiblogger to attend a day of interaction with the author and editors at the HarperCollins office (Noida) on the 4th of July. And that was not all, I got an autographed copy of the book from them too. I am talking about Yashodhara Lal’s new book, There is something about you. It is the story of 28 year old Trishna Saxena, Trish, who lives in Mumbai with her parents, rather, they live with her and works as a content lead in the internet department of her company. She is single, overweight and snarky and is independent, she does not need a man in her life.
This is not your typical boy-meets-girl story. Okay, they do meet, but there are some complications.
Trish is twenty-eight. She’s unemployed, overweight, single and snarky. She knows all that. And if one more person – just one more person – tries to fix her, she might explode. Sahil is thirty-five. He has superpowers. Well, kind of. He seems to think so, anyway. He’s also hot (in a geeky kind of way, but still). And he plays the guitar, helps the underprivileged and talks about his feelings. Aren’t guys like that supposed to exist only in fantasies?
When Trish and Sahil meet, magic happens. Real magic, you know, like fireworks, electricity, that sort of thing. But here’s the problem. Trish doesn’t want anyone in her life. She has enough to deal with – dependent parents, flaky neighbours, bitchy editors, the works. And yet, Sahil is determined to be in her life.
From the bestselling author of Just Married, Please Excuse and Sorting Out Sid, here is another zinger of a book.
The book starts on a Monday morning, when Trish nudges the closing lift open with her knee and walks into it as if it was all right for her to do so. The same day, she is told to leave as the company is rationalizing and wants to start a new fashion and lifestyle vertical and she is not the one they are looking at. So, dejected she comes home and tells her mother about it. She cannot tell her father because he has Alzheimer’s. and she is a lot of trouble, the rent, the fuel, the maid, for all this she needs money and till when can she hang on to her savings, not that she had saved much. To top it all, her friend Akanksha and her mother try to take over her life and gossip about her. And her ex-colleague calls her up to become anonymous Amy to answer relationship queries for the newspaper.
And that is how she meets 35 year old, confirmed bachelor, Sahil Aggarwal, a psychic. He knows that she is Amy and wants her to help him. He wants them to be friends and tries to instill confidence back in her. She feels they are opposites and he feels there is a connection between them.
This is not a typical love story but a story of finding oneself with garnishing of romance here and there. The author also said that she never intended to write a love story, but the editor felt so and hence, the genre, romance. The author has beautifully sprinkled romance into the story without being so obvious about it. She has dealt with relationships, friendships on and off the job, self-centeredness of people, bossiness and most of all under confidence.
The characters are regular people, a plump girl, a geeky guy, a hi-fi friend, an irritating colleague, a pestering mother, that I felt I have met all of them in the course of my daily life. Don’t expect a tall, dark and handsome, dashing hero to make an entry soon because you will be disappointed, I was waiting and waiting. You have to do some guess work, ‘Is he the hero or Is he the hero’ as the male characters come along and also have some patience and then he will come.
The cover is beautiful, making you want to pick up the book, I found the pink in the lettering very attractive, hence the pink blurb (but the author says she did not prefer pink so much, personal choice I guess). The description of Zumba classes is so infectious that I looked up Zumba in detail.
‘There’s Something About You’ is releasing on 15th July 2015 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon: http://www.amazon.in/Theres-Something-About-You-Yashodhara/dp/9351771997
That’s not all, there are three sample chapters available for readers to get a feel of the book at http://www.yashodharalal.com/some-thing-about-you/
At the interaction and book signing:
Book Source: Review Copy from the publisher
Publisher: HarperCollins India