I received Love.exe: A Sweet Romantic Comedy Making You Fall in Love by Manju Nambiar as a review copy from the BookClub and am thankful to Rubina and . A simple romance, it really leaves a smile on the face of the reader. And just thinking of the story long after I finished it, still makes me smile.
If you are looking for a feel-good heart warming love story with a happy ending, this is your right pick!
Nitya Balakrishnan, a young girl from Kerala had it all planned out. She was going to live a life of her dreams in the United States of America. And she thought she had nailed it, when she was accepted into one of the best universities of the world. But cosmos had other plans and conspired to drop love.exe into her.
He came with a bang and stole her away in a breath. Love was not quite there in her agenda, but her heart wouldn’t hear of it. The human heart has its own little brain with its strange logic that remains elusive to our reasoning. For once, she just let it be, only to realize that there is no undo button.
This coming of age, beautiful tale of love, relationships and dreams would prick your soul, bring a smile to you, and tear up your eyes. A must read!
Nitya Balakrishnan, 21, is in the final year of Computer Engineering at NIT, Calicut, when she gets admission to the Stanford University class of 2006. She is a topper in her school and college and has big dreams. But, her mother is not very happy and tries to tell her to join the job that she has got at Microsoft in Hyderabad. She resorts to emotional blackmail and her mother relents when her uncle intervenes. Now, her family wants her to meet a boy who lives across the road from her University and marry him, if she likes him.
Enter Ganapaty, the boy his family has chosen for her, the boy who lives right across the road from her university in the US. The only child of his parents, Ganapaty, is in India for some official work and also to take care of his terminally ill father.
Nitya likes him, though she had not liked his mother, and agrees to marry him. But a day after the engagement, Ganapaty goes back to the US. Then his mother suggests that after the wedding, Nitya should shift with them to Chennai and take care of his father with her and go to the US later. And Ganapaty does not counter her.
Nitya, with the support of her family, calls of the wedding, and continues with her Stanford plans. She works hard, makes new friends and lands herself a job in the US.
And her office has a new senior employee, Ganapaty……
The story is simple and has been written in a language that is easy to understand. Nitya is the typical girl next door, belongs to a simple, conservative family and respects her parents. The relationship between Nitya and her parents has been described beautifully. Ganapaty’s character left me wanting for more. His relationship with his family and also other members of his family seemed a little incomplete, but maybe that’s how it is meant to be, like men, secretive (no offence meant).
The conversations between the characters were my highpoint of the story. Be it between Nitya and her mother, Andy and Nitya or for that matter Ganapaty and Nitya. When Ganapaty meets Nitya and asks on a scale of 1 to 10, her thoughts about the things was the best. Nitya’s heart to heart conversation with her father made me cry.
The story has a lot of things, family relationships, humour, arranged marriage, romance, friendship, happiness, sadness, surprise and the best part is the twist in the tale.
I just could not keep the book down, I loved the pace and the descriptions. The author has described love like the setup of a computer programme, something that was very unique to the book.
DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.