Book Review: With You I Dance by Aarti V.Raman

51bXZDhf5-L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgWith You I Dance by Aarti V.Raman is the second book by the author that I have read. Other books by her are Kingdom come and White Knight. This book is the story of a ballerina who loses everything in one day- her job and her man. The story is set in Mumbai and some part in New York.

The blurb:

Once upon a time….

Meera Sagar had everything—the perfect job as a principal ballerina (for a prestigious New York ballet company) and a man who loved her as much as she loved him. But tragedy struck on the night before her biggest performance, forcing her to do the one thing she never wanted to do—come back home. To Mumbai.

Now, a year later, Meera is still trying to pick up the pieces, while fending off marriage proposals from her well-meaning but traditional Gujarati family, and figure life out all over again. By starting a ballet school in Mumbai. But she has two problems. One, she doesn’t know anything about running a business. And two, she can’t dance. Not anymore.


Abeer Goswami. Hotshot junior partner at a South Bombay law firm and a man nursing a broken heart. When he meets Meera again, the woman who left him, he tries his hardest to be her friend, to help her…and not let the past get in the way.
And then…

There is the sexy Zoya Sehgal. Meera’s only friend in the city and the woman Abeer is currently seeing.

They say triangles have pointy edges, for a reason.

Will Meera find a new dream in her ballet school? Can Abeer and Meera find their way back to each other again? And, most important, has Meera danced for the last time?

With you I dance is a warm, funny, at times heart-rending, love story of second chances, true love, and finding yourself when your dearest dream has vanished.

The story:

Meera Sagar, the elder offspring of a Gujarati family in Mumbai, wanted to be a ballerina ever since she was two years old, wanted a ballerina costume for her fifth birthday and wanted to go to New York to study ballet at Juilliard. She left home at seventeen and now, at 26, she is back in Mumbai, after losing her job at Vogler Ballet Company and the love of her life. Her friends from New York not answering her emails or Facebook messages

It has been almost a year, her parents want her married and are on the search for eligible bachelors, so she meets a prospective groom after much cajoling from her parents and finds him to be a joker. Her nineteen year old brother, Nikunj alias Bullet is the only supportive person she has in her family.  One line sums her up: ‘Dance was all she knew, dance was her first great love and she was terrified she’d danced for the very last time.’ She is stubborn and feels that she has three alternatives: Alternative 1- To dance, but she has a panic attack on stage; Alternative 2- To marry a joker proposed by her family and Alternative 3- To start a ballet school in Mumbai. She settles for the third alternative.

She emails Zoya Sehgal, her old friend from school, from kindergarten to the tenth standard, a headhunter for one of those companies that provided executive business solutions, and they decide to meet at a pub. And they run into Abeer and Zoya introduces Abeer as a lawyer who has moved back from Boston and is a junior partner in one of the best law firms. And much to Meera’s surprise Abeer tells Zoya that he knows Meera and she is the girl whom he had asked to marry and she took the next flight back to India.

Abeer Goswami, is the good son to his mom, good older brother to his cousins, great friend man comfortable in his own skin, a closet romantic and a sorted individual. He knows himself, his own flaws, his failings and his strengths. He has always been there when she needed him. She danced better when he was in her life. She loved him like she loved ballet. And now she is seeing him after 11 months, 2 weeks and 3 days.

Abeer, being the person that he is, tries to be supportive and help Meera start her ballet school. Meera feels he is now seeing Zoya and also that she should not spoil his life with her complications………………

My take:

I love romance and this is one book that kept me smiling long after I had kept it after finishing the book, not once but twice. The cover is BEAUTIFUL. Full credit goes to the author and the designer. Even though the story is simple, it has been depicted beautifully with detailed descriptions. The language is simple and the flow is steady. The characters are life like, well developed. The conversations between the characters have been beautifully written, I could imagine it happening right before my eyes. The relationship that Meera shares with her brother has been depicted beautifully. She has described the feelings of both the characters.

The author has covered many emotions in the book: humour, love, friendship, chemistry between the main protagonists, fighting hidden demons, sibling love and also parental pressure. The book is also about making your dreams come true.

My favoutite character was Abeer, once he came into the story, I could not put the book down. He is so perfect, and I soooo loved him. Understanding, supportive, dependable, adorable, I can’t put an end to the list of objectives that I have for him. Even after Meera left him devastated, he is still there to help her as a friend, giving up everything for her.

All in all, a completely flawless book. There us but one flaw…. An epilogue would have been the icing on the cake.

Her English is impeccable, even the simple words that she has used have been used in such a way that has made the book all the more likable. The font size and the spacing are very good (I could read without my glasses!!!)

UNPUTDOWNABLE, complete romance.

Highly recommended.


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