It’s All in the Planets by Preeti Shenoy is her latest book. It is the story of Aniket, Trish, Nidhi and Manoj and deals in relationships.
Meet Aniket Twenty-seven techie Mr. Average. His best friend is Subbu a nerd who breathes thinks and lives code. Aniket cannot believe his luck when he starts dating Trish a stunning sexy model who is totally out of his league. But Trish has a list of things she wants him to work on beginning with his pot belly and his geekiness. Then there’s Nidhi thirty-four who has quit her corporate job to follow her passion. She is engaged to Manoj Mr.Perfect except for one aspect. Aniket and Nidhi meet on a train a chance encounter and she agrees to become his relationship coach. It’s a decision that sets into motion a chain of events that will have a profound impact on the lives of all involved. One man two women and the trap called Destiny. Some things they say are all in the planets.
Twenty seven year old Aniket is a techie who works for Connect Technologies in Bangalore. Subbu is his wingman, his relationship philosopher, his guide and now his therapist. He is in love with Trisha, a model who works in his company. She wants more, even give him a list of things to do, like cultivate a hobby, and lose weight among other things. She goes for a trek and Aniket goes to Chennai to meet his parents and sister.
On the train from Bangalore to Chennai, he meets thirty four year old Nidhi, an MBA from Bangalore who has left her corporate job after six and a half years and is now a content writer for a website, teaches pottery course at a studio in Bangalore and also blogs @A Pot of Clay that holds Gold. She is on the way to meet her father and step-mom, Tara in Chennai. She is very close to Tara who is her confidante and friend. She is engaged to Manoj and wants him to understand her instead of forcing his opinion on her.
During the journey, Aniket and Nidhi become friends and Aniket tells her about Trisha’s list and how he wants to impress her. They meet again and Nidhi gives him advice on health and relationships and he appoints her his relationship coach.
What happens next…….
The story is simple and revolves around relationships between the main characters and also around supporting characters. The characters have been developed well and are relatable. Even secondary characters like Tara and Subbu have a role to play in the story. The language is simple and the flow is good. The descriptions are detailed and can be easily visualized. The author has described emotions like parental love, friendship, modern relationships, family values, romance and break up amongst many emotions in the book. the relationship between tara and Nidhi and Subbu and Aniket has been beautifully portrayed.
Each chapter is named after Aniket or Nidhi and that chapter has been written from that particular character’s point of view. There is a small daily forecast written for the sun sign of the character at the beginning of the chapter. As the chapters were written from the perspective of two characters, it tended to confuse me a bit as some scenes got repeated.