Book: Strokes of Life
Author: Anish Jha
Genre: Romance Fiction
Published by: &All
Number of pages: 239 pages
My Rating: 3.5/5
MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The story is not a run of the mill romance, instead it has the elements of a lifelong love story.
Raj and Vira work in the same organisation but in different departments. Raj fancies Vira and allows her to talk him into joining a company organised holiday to Switzerland though he can ill afford it.
In Switzerland, Raj and Vira find that their booking has been messed up and they have to stay apart from the rest of their colleagues. They have to stay in a hostel and in textbook fashion, they proceed to fall in love.
Upon returning to Mumbai, they decide to get married as soon as possible. Slowly and gradually, over the years, the mundane problems of life creep in and a distance is created between them. However, the straw that breaks the camel’s back is their inability to have a child.
Matters come to a head and Raj leaves. Vira is shattered but tries to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. She manages to conceive a child through the wonders of modern medicine, whom she names Nandini.
Nandini is naturally curious to know the identity of her father but they are unable to find Raj anywhere. Nandini is also obsessed with Viraj, the famous reclusive writer.
Nandini go to Switzerland for a confrontation with Viraj thereby setting events in motion that will eventually lead to a meeting between Raj and Vira.
Will Raj and Vira be able to reunite? Who is Viraj and why does he play such an important role in the story?
Though there are a few loopholes in the plot, the story will surely appeal to readers of this genre.