I received Shoma Narayan’s Now I Love You, Now I Don’t as a review copy from Rupa Publications. It is the story of Anjali and Zina. I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a review copy of the book.
‘Umm, in case you’re wondering if I slept with your husband, no I didn’t,’ Zina offered. ‘He’s not my type.’
Now I Love You, Now I Don’t is the story of two very different women. Anjali is a traditional wife and mother. No one can guess that she and her husband have been estranged for most of their married life, and their reconciliation is a few fragile months old. Zina, on the other hand, is beautiful, ambitious and completely unscrupulous. Out for what she can get, she is perhaps more surprised than anyone else when she falls head over heels in love with a very unlikely young man. Anjali’s and Zina’s lives then get inextricably entangled by a series of events that follow.
Despite their initial dislike for each other, Anjali and Zina pull together when disaster threatens. But will they achieve their own happily ever after?
Having had to fend for herself ever since she was a kid, Zina moved to Mumbai to work as a hair stylist and a model and met Shiven Dhaliwal, a criminal lawyer. She runs away from the wedding, picks up her stuff from her landlady’s house and moves in with Sushil Dubey, whom she met in a pub. Shiven keeps persuading her by pudding hoardings on buildings declaring his love for her and asking her to marry him.
Sushil is married to Anjali and they have a twelve year old daughter, Gayatri. They have been estranged for the last ten years when Sushil moved to Saudi Arabia and she stayed back in Indore with her father and daughter and taught chemistry in a college. Deven Khatri, a professor at the college, wants to be more than friends with her, but she is not interested. Then one day, Sushil comes to Indore and wants Anjali and Gayatri to move with him to Mumbai where he now works.
Before Anjali and Gayatri come to Mumbai, Sushil has to either move out of the current flat or ask Zina to move out before they come to stay with him. Sushil moves to an upscale apartment in Mahalaxmi and Anjali and Gayatri join him and Gayatri gets admitted into a good school.
One day, Zina goofs up in her salon and her boss, Rehan, makes her go and apologise to the client and on the way back, she gets stuck in a lift and who saves her, the Dubey family. Zina introduces herself to Anjali as Sushil’s roommate.
Will Anjali ever know the relationship Zina and Sushil shared? Will Anjali and Gayatri be able to adjust in Mumbai? What about Zina?
I loved the story. The simple plot has been written very well, with excellent descriptions, in a simple language. The characters have been developed well and are very realistic. The conversations between the characters have been depicted well. The teething problems Gayatri has in her new school are very realistic.
The story moves fluently between the characters and also at a fast pace with twists and turns. The author has beautifully portrayed the relationship between Anjali and Sushil with doubts and suspicions and also that between Anjali and Gayatri. The secondary characters also have substantial roles to play in the story.
A little bit of editing needs to go in further especially, Anjali’s father’s surname, Mishra or Sharma and Shiven’s surname Patil or Dhaliwal.
A nice, light read. Highly recommended.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.