I received the book Right Fit wrong Shoe by varsha Dixit as a review copy from the Book Club and I would like to thank the Book Club, the author and the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. Right fit Wrong shoe is the story of a girl, Nandini Sharma who lives in Kanpur.
What does a woman want? Shoes? Nope, Sex? Maybe, Money’ Yes but nowadays her own . . . Hmmphh so then what does a today-s woman really, really deep, deep down want? Still your hearts and hold your breath.
And Right Fit Wrong Shoe shall give it to her. The story of Nandini or as her hesitant paramour describes her ‘lassi in a wine glass’ is set in the more-than-just-a-third-world-country’s city, Kanpur. She has been bitten, for better or worse, but definitely bitten, by Bollywood. Her spirit is undefeatable; she mocks certain death (Aditya) and suffers stoically for love (Aditya, again. Go Figure!) her accomplice in all her escapades is Sneha Verma- that one friend we al refer to as BFF, but function with, as chaddi-baniyan (or gracefully put as hand and a glove).
The book begins at a point where all love stories end. Dripping with humour and romance, it encases a young woman’s thoughts on the society she survives in.
Nandini Sharma, lives with her parents in Kanpur. Her mother, Shruti, is the last of the Mohicans, according to her father and he is her one-stop-shop for pure love and solace. Sneha Verma is her best friend and self-imposed guardian angel since the tenth standard when she had saved Nandini from the bullies and vowed to protect her for life from everything and everyone except herself.
Twenty one year old Nandini Sharma meets Aditya Sarin. He is the younger son of their neighbours, Vibha and Paresh Sarin. Both of them hit it off on the wrong note, he feels she is a BTM and she feels he is a snob. Their constant squabbles irritate their families who are fond of both of them. Their mothers are best friends, she calls his mother Badi maa, and their fathers are childhood friends. They continue like this for a year and then she realizes she is in love with him when he leaves for Mumbai. They meet after four months and confess their love to each other. And then Paresh Sarin passes away and Nandini breaks up with Aditya for reasons known to her and he starts hating her.
Now, three years, seven months and few days later,
Nandini works in Ace Advertising Agency (AAA) as peer manager in the design department. Sneha, happily married with an eighteen month old son is also a peer manager in the same department. One day, she hears the news that Aditya Sarin is coming back to Kanpur and is nervous, and only Sneha knows why. She is skeptical to meet him and when she reaches the office next day, she comes to know that he has bought the company and she now has to report to Rochak Chowdhury, someone she cannot stand. He blackmails her into staying back and Nandini feels that he is here for revenge because of the way she broke off with him. Then there is Gayatri, the girl Aditya wants to marry.
A simple love story. The plot is simple with a few twists here and there and the language and the flow are good. It took me a little while to get a hang of the book but once that was done, I wanted to know, What next?? The author has used a lot of Hindi terms and also taken pains to make a glossary of the hindi terms used.
The characters have been developed well and are relatable. The story moves back and forth between the present and the past. The author’s idea to start the book with the character list at the beginning, the list included the villains too, was indeed innovative. The names of the chapters are very filmy and so are Nandini and Sneha.
The altercations between Nandini and Aditya are very funny and interesting. And Nandini and Sneha share a deep bond. Nandini’s conscience pricking her at times and Nandini responding to it is actually very funny.
Overall, a nice book.