I borrowed Reshma Ranjan’s second book, Blind Certainly is Love, from the Kindle Unlimited library. This book is the story of Neha and Sumit.
Neha Jaiswal is beautiful and intelligent—an alluring combination—but chooses to be a recluse. What works for her is her intimidating personality that comes with her success. With no desire to get into a relationship, the strong, assertive, and hardworking Neha manages to keep the men at bay—all except one.
Sumit Conrad, a super successful businessman, is an intriguing specimen of a man. Known to the world as the good Conrad, Sumit is actually a recluse who prefers only his own company, to the exception of his brother John and sister-in-law Sarika.
When fate throws the flirt in Sumit and the furious Neha together, sparks are bound to fly.
Will Sumit be able to convince the headstrong and opinionated Neha that what he wants is a long haul and not a passing phase?
Or will the stubborn and cantankerous Neha be successful in driving him away?
Will their love make them blind to each other or to their own flaws? Will this blind love ever find its way?
Twenty eight year old Neha Jaiswal, an IT engineer, is recovering from an ill-fated accident in which she lost her vision and her fiancé. She has always kept a distance from everyone since childhood even though she had had a beautiful childhood with her loving parents. Known as the ice maiden in office, no one had ever tried flirting with her, she had a successful career going for her before the accident. Her best friend, Sarika, has dragged her all the way from her house and brought her to a cottage here on a secluded beach of Kerala for recovery.
The cottage belongs to Sumit Conrad and his brother John after the death of their parents. The day Sarika brings Neha to the cottage, her husband, John meets with an accident and she has to rush to the hospital, forgetting all about leaving a visually impaired Neha on the beach.
That is where Sumit finds her, sitting on the beach in the late evening when the tide is about to turn. He picks her up and brings her back. He introduces himself as John’s friend. A self-confirmed bachelor, Sumit had left behind flirting when he was 30, and avoids women like plague.
What starts with mutual attraction, between Sumit and Neha, ends all too soon as Neha feels that he is attracted to her because she is exactly opposite of what her nature was, an independent woman, who made men uncomfortable. Neha is worried that after her initial securities are worn out, she would be back to domineering, bossing and intimidating woman and he would lose interest in her.
Neha tells Sumit that it was meant to be a vacation romance and that it was becoming too intense for her comfort and that she has to leave. She says that she knows that she is not a docile woman to find a man, fall in love, marry him, have kids and live happily ever after. Sarika tells her not to let her ego and complexes ruin her relationship. Sumit is heartbroken. He wants to lash out, to hurt her as much as he was hurting and tells her that he would always come between her and whoever she chooses to love.
Neha confesses to Maria that she loves him and tells her that the real Neha, would wreck his life as she has been doing that to her parents with her mood swings, her frustrations and her anger. She also tells Maria that she has put her parents through hell and cannot do the same to him. Maria sympathises with her and Neha goes back.
Two and a half years later, Neha has regained her lost vision, joined her own field of work, but is not as driven. She is also a consultant to her earlier company. She is content and happy to be where she is. She cannot forget Sumit, He is everything she could ever dream of having but knows only the feel of his face. After 2 years of continuous work, at the insistence of her parents and Sarika and John, she goes on a vacation with them only to be stood up at the nth hour and has to make the trip alone with John’s friend Alex.
She talks to Alex, is even attracted to him but………….
The story is unique. The characters are realistic, well developed and their feelings have been described in details. Even the supporting characters have important roles to play in the story. I loved the relationship between Sumit and john and also that between Maria and the Conrads. Neha’s affection for MR Raajan, her ex-boss has been described well.
The language is simple and the story just flows from page to page. The scenes have been described in details. I enjoyed reading the book.