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A Romance With Chaos: Book review
Nakul finds out that he needs to get the X Factor in his life. What the X factor is, or how he gets it in his life, you need to buy the book and read. This is a review and not a summary, remember?

“A ROMANCE WITH CHAOS” is the tale of an average urban 20-something. Has a job? Sure! Hates the job? Of course. Wants to quit? Who doesn’t! Underpaid? Hell yea! In the best of shape? Only if round is allowed! Wants to date a hot chick/guy? Yea, yes, yes!

If you answered the questions above, remotely like I’ve suggested, then this is the book for you. It’s written in simple language and weaves clear pictures of the Mumbai life – whether it is inside the campus of an IT company or the benches outside Haji Ali or the inability of keeping in touch with a sibling who stays in the same city. The unrest felt by each and every one of us is so well-depicted that we flow along with the tale.

Yes, there are some stereotypical depictions, but you can’t blame the author because these stereotypes actually exist, as real people, and all of us know people like them The book touches a few raw nerves while dealing with the “dreams vs. current reality” issue. This means, the idealism each one of us has as youngsters before we enter the world of work somewhere gets buried and a more cynical, tainted version of ourselves emerges.

This book belongs to what I choose to call “New Age Fiction” where the lead character is of the guy/gal-next-door variety and has a series of problems ranging from body-image issues to a noisy roommate who cries at the drop of a hanky! However, that’s what makes this genre likeable and identifiable.

The protagonist, Nakul, wants more from life, from his job, from his love life, from his roommate, from his boss – and this is his journey – his saga of struggling with keeping his conscience and getting even with those who tried to take advantage of him. At times you want to pump your fist in the air like when Nakul retaliates after realising that he’s been taken in for a ride. But the victory brings him no peace! Even though it brings him a promotion…What does Nakul want? And when you ask that question, you ask yourself, “Hey, what do I really want?”

Nakul finds out that he needs to get the X Factor in his life. What the X factor is, or how he gets it in his life, you need to buy the book and read. This is a review and not a summary, remember? But I for one, am totally with Nishant on this one, bring in the X (not to be confused with ex) and you will see how your same life transforms into the life you’ve always wanted.

Nakul’s salary doesn’t support the lifestyle that his girlfriend wants…I see a lot of people shaking their heads! Well, then he finds solace in a good friend who liked him for a long time, and just as he was falling love with this short-haired, bike-riding woman, something really twisted happens and our man is left gaping!

The women in the story are incidental and quite stereotyped from the materialistic Kavya to the short-skirted receptionist who gives the “come-hither” to Nakul every once so often. This is my grouse against Nishant. I did fight with him about it, and he has promised to work on it in his third book. There are a few hurried kisses, a make out session in the photocopying room, but nothing outrageous…If you’re looking for steamy sex scenes, then not only this book, but this genre is out for you!

Overall, a good read. So all you “not much of a reader” types, and you who have quite a commute to work, and you, who simply like to complain about your job – hop in to the bookstore next door, and pick up the book!

Review by : Ekta Hattangady-A writer of short stories. Her story "Raat Ki Rani" was published in "Curse of the Bird and Other Stories" by Unisun Publications (2009) and another one, "The Book of Nothings" will be releasing in another anthology, "Vanilla Desires and Other Stories" by Unisun in March 2010. Her poems, "I Remember Him With My Ears" and "Gulmohur in the Graveyard" were released in "I, Me, Myself", a collection of poetry also published by Unisun.


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