Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Is This Love and Autumn - The Last Leaf: by Arti Honrao

I finished reading this book by Arti Honrao, a compilation of two stories Is This Love and Autumn: The Last Leaf.

‘Is This Love’ tells the story of true friendship and platonic love of Sheetal and Vishal who share a flat in Mumbai. They promise to be friends forever but gradually they start to feel differently for each other yet unable to express their feeling. It is a story of struggling with one’s feelings, heartbreak, misunderstanding, sacrifice and above all, true friendship and love.

I’ve read some creations of Arti Honrao on her blog 'Straight From The Heart, and liked them as she has a neat style of writing and this one is also well-written. I liked the character of Vishal.

Autumn: The last leaf is an eccentric story blended with love, friendship, a murder and mystery. Neha often sees dreams that come true. She gradually starts to love her best friend Vishal and before she plans to confess, he is married to Sheetal. Then something happens that completely upends the story. The end of the story is totally unpredictable and gripping.

This story is also nicely written but I did not like the idea of keeping the same names of the characters. Initially, I presumed it the sequel to 'Is This Love'.

It bothered me immensely that the publisher has wasted so many pages. Also improper punctuation marks disrupt the flow of the story.  But I liked the cover and title of the stories especially ‘Autumn – The last leaf.’

Overall for me, it was a simple, quick and really nice read.



Arti Honrao said...

Thank you for the review.
Using same names for the characters of both stories is a big blunder. This book is Print (Publish) on Demand so we cannot really say that publisher has wasted pages. I uploaded a file and they printed it one demand. I should have personally taken care of it. The interior content file has been changed with new names for the characters. This was the file which should have been uploaded in first place :)


Me said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book too :)

Tarang Sinha said...

@ Arti: Wasting pages means sometimes the entire page is taken for just two lines. I hope your next edition will be much better (Also when you've changed the names of the characters). It was a nice read Arti. I wish you all the best for your next book:). Thank you!:)

@ Me: Me too:)Thanks!

Tarang Sinha said...

@ Arti: And you can post this review on your blog or FB page:)

Arti Honrao said...

That's my bad if it is in Is This Love?
If it is in Autumn then it has been kept that way chapter wise.

Thank you :)


Tarang Sinha said...

That's okay Arti. The best thing is that you've written it nicely:)

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