Friday, October 7, 2016

It's All in the Planets (Book Review)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So Preeti Shenoy is back with her latest book. Veering once again towards her forte, fiction, after her non-fiction work titled 'Why We Love The Way We Do,' this time she has advices, life lessons and even a diet chart for her fan following that is not restricted to one particular age group.

This author's books are solely to be read for her distinct, subtle and motherly way of doling out tips to young and old, without being bossy. She brings in an element of fun just to make her tales seem like they are of people we find around us. Her characters are never larger-than-life because they could be you and me.

However, do not expect to find an out-of-the-box plot. In fact, there could be surprise elements but for many, it won't be surprising at all. Despite the characters and situations they find themselves in, Shenoy gives them her touch and then something changes.

A very simple book in terms of language and its understanding and yet it delves into complex human emotions. She tries to break stereotypes and even manages to do it at various points in the story. It would connect well with the Indian youth for she deftly plays around with the sordid details of their lives that can play havoc if not taken care of.

And yet, inspite of it being a tale that leaves the reader to believe in the working of planets or some force that is beyond our control, it feels incomplete. Was it shallow? Well, I am still trying to make sense of what I would have done if I were to change places with her characters!

In spite of this being an engrossing read, something was inadequate towards the end. No, I was not waiting for any fairytale but maybe I had my expectations high.

Overall, a page-turner that can temporarily make one feel capable of changing the Indian scenario overnight. But then the last page is turned and the characters are set free or shut down (however one chooses to believe) and then for the reader, reality strikes... yet again!

-Divya Nambiar

Author:Preeti Shenoy
Other books by the Author: 34 Bubblegums and Candies by Preeti Shenoy Life is What You Make It A Story of Love, Hope and How Determination Can Overcome Even Destiny by Preeti Shenoy Why We Love the Way We Do by Preeti Shenoy Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake by Preeti Shenoy It Happens for a Reason by Preeti Shenoy The One You Cannot Have by Preeti Shenoy The Secret wish List by Preeti Shenoy Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake by Preeti Shenoy