Book: Love Curry
Author: Pankaj Dubey
Published by: Penguin Books
Number of pages: 202 pages
My Rating: 4/5
BOOK SUMMARY: Three flatmates in London begin to see how different their lives are and at the same time how similar their backgrounds. When life begins to deal its rough cards, how easy things become when they are all together.
MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of “Love Curry” by Pankaj Dubey from Vinfluencers in exchange for an honest review.
The story begins on an intriguing note with Shehzad and Zeenat in his bedroom. He hands her some money and she then proceeds to collect some money from his flatmate Ali as well. She is unable to do so from the third flatmate, Rishi.
In this manner, the reader is introduced to the three flatmates, Shehzad from Bangladesh who is a tattoo artist, Ali from Pakistan who is a chef and Rishi from India who is unable to stick to a job.
The lovely Zeenat is the daughter of the guys’ landlord Mohammad Mullah. Zeenat and Shehzad are involved in a dalliance while Ali harbours romantic feelings for her. Rishi, on the other hand, is more concerned with holding down a job, than romancing women.
The story is replete with India-Pakistan-Bangladesh rivalry and banter, particularly when a cricket match is in progress. However, the guys still cook and eat together and certainly do stand up for each other during rough times.
Zeenat’s parents decide that Ali is the ideal suitor for Zeenat and aid him in his pursuit of Zeenat. Shehzad is struggling with his own childhood demons and Rishi is determined never to return home to India. But in a strange set of circumstances, Rishi and Zeenat are brought close together.
The story is full of humour as well as twists and turns. There is a dramatic twist in the tale towards the end of the book, when all three of the guys are in pursuit of Zeenat.
The story also ends in a satisfactory fashion with loose ends being tied up and the requisite happy ending.
I recommend this book to readers as it is an entertaining, amusing and interesting story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pankaj Dubey is a bilingual novelist, screenwriter and film-maker. He is known to address socio-political issues with quirky humour in his writings. He can be followed on Instagram and Twitter @carryonpd.