Book: Love in a Metro
Author: Pratyush Sinha
Publisher: Partridge India
Genre: Fictional romance ‘metro read’
In One Line: First look, friendship, love, complications and then… (I don’t give spoilers in my reviews!)
Characterisation: I like the way Arjun speaks to the readers and the way his thoughts have been written. Many of these sentences made me smile. These portions bring out his ‘I am a simple soul’ character much better than the direct conversations that he has with Sanjana, the female protagonist.
Sanjana’s reactions, on the other hand tells the reader adequately that she lives on her own terms and none dictate the way she leads her life. I liked her character because she is the woman of today who doesn’t give in to any trash that is doled out to her.
Unfortunately, even though this book was piqued to be a romance, I saw none of it till the last word in the book. There was no spark between the two at all. It felt very cold and boring.
The author also introduces some side characters. But they aren’t developed too well. In fact, most tend to remain just names without much flesh added to them till the end.
Language: The author has written in the very same way that he would have spoken to his friend. For example, the word ‘damn’ has been used way more often (like it’s used in speech) than I would have liked to read it. This makes the writing sound a little too casual. Had he remembered that this is was book that he was writing and not really an informal conversation that he was having with a friend, the the wording would surely have been better.
Also, some phrases have been incorrectly used. For instance, I have always known that a baby is termed as a ‘bundle of joy’. Here the author decides to use it for the female protagonist! It really didn’t work for me. At all.
Plot Setting: The story is set primarily within the confines of the Delhi Metro. The protagonist takes his first ride despite all the claustrophobia because his car’s gone to the workshop. I would have liked to know more about the subterranean mode of transport rather than just the names of various stations and the ‘I-travel-by-car-but-today-I-need-to-go-by-the-metro-because-the-girl-will-be-there’. But credit needs to be given to the author for finding out all about the various ‘lines’ and which one leads to where!
Book Cover Art: The metro in the background is fine, but the girl in the forefront doesn’t look like Sanjana or an Indian girl, for that matter. Just the picture of the train might have given the right kind of drama to the cover.
Learning From The Story: I liked the way each chapter has been named. When an author writes a story, a lot of creativity needs to be poured into it. So if he does an extra little thing, then he should surely get a small pat on his back for that. It’s a nice idea Pratyush!
Second learning for me: Although I used to be a regular with the Kolkata Metro during my college days, I have barely travelled only a couple of times by the Delhi Metro. hence I don’t know much about it. So, it was good knowing the names of some of the stations!
Areas Of Improvement: The author should, while maintaining his simple style of writing, definitely try and improve the word usage. Also, without adding any spoilers here, the end was not completely believable. It seemed very movie-like.
What Is ‘Said By Not Saying’: Nervousness makes us lie. But there’s no use doing that because ultimately the truth comes out. And when it does, while some get a second chance, most don’t.
My Reaction When I Finally Closed The Book:
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