Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review: Breathing Two Worlds by Ruchira Khanna

Finished reading this thoughtful novel Breathing Two Worlds by Ruchira Khanna. The story of Breathing Two Worlds is about Neena Arya who goes abroad to fulfill her dreams and aspiration. She tries to mix well in the new world by adopting the new lifestyle and accent while having a live-in relationship with her boyfriend, Adan.

Sudden medical emergency strikes, and Neena heads home - to India - and her thoughtful boyfriend accompanies. And, here starts a challenging phase in Neena's life when she needs to balance the differences in the culture and mindset. How she manages breathing two worlds, balancing the differences? How does this medical emergency change the course of her life? You will have to read the book to know the answers.

First of all, I loved the title of the book. It's intriguing. The theme/plot is unique, thoughtful and realistic. People settled abroad have to face this tricky situation, I believe.

But, there are certain things that make this interesting plot a little plain. Considering the plot, I wish the story and situations were more imaginative. There is a scope for some witty/tricky situations as Adan belongs to a totally different country and culture, and he is visiting India/Neena's family for the first time. Sometimes, the situations seem hurried.

Talking about Adan - his character deserved more attention. The story revolves around Neena, and Neena only, however, I liked her character. She is caring, sometimes, practical and stern. I liked the way the author has portrayed an independent woman.

Also, I thought the dialogues could have been more interesting.

Overall, it was a thoughtful read. If you're looking for a light read, if you like family drama, if the theme of cultural difference interests you, you can pick this book.

I received this book from the author for an unbiased review.

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