There’s something about There’s Something About You by Yashodhara Lal. Something that makes it interesting. Something that sets it apart from the usual romances. That something is that the protagonist Trish(na) is a loser.
Trish is twenty-eight, overweight, single, is not into any relationship, and is having troubled relationships with her parents as well. In addition, she loses her job. At a stage when she could have committed suicide herself, she saves a drowning man from his suicide attempt in Marine Drive.
An offer for a freelance comes up from her ex-company for an ‘agony aunt’ column. Her scathing answers partly directed at the colleague, who offered her the assignment is published and all hell breaks loose. But, in a turn of events, the twitterati loves her sarcasm and she is offered a permanent column with an anonymity clause.
Meanwhile a nerdy young man, Sahil follows her and wants her to answer one of his problems. He is psychic, and is able to foresee certain events about people who he comes into physical contact with. What starts as a clash with a suspicious follower very slowly becomes a friendship.
Ma is overbearing and Trish and Ma are frequently fighting over every trivial thing. Ba is fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Her only friend, Akanksha or Akku, who stays in the same apartment dumps her 8-year old daughter Lisa for baby-sitting at Trish’s house. Though Trish is initially unable to connect with the child, slowly she starts enjoying her visits. Then, there’s the fight with Akku and finally when Akku is in great distress, Trish pitches in to support.
When everything breaks down, one tends to get clarity. That is what happens to Trish as well. Read the book to find out how things settle into a happy ending.
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- Though the title and the blurb suggest that the story is a romance, I found very subtle and underplayed romance in the book. I found it to be more of a story on relationships than of romance. I enjoyed the author’s way of storytelling making romance a part of rather than all of the protagonist’s life.
- The writing just flows – lucid and readable.
- Taut plot. Racy pacy and intriguing. There’s even a small whodunnit at the end.
- Excellent characterization of Trish. Refreshing to read a story about a loser. A surprise at the very end given as a support for Trish’s nature.
- Relationships and their dynamics have been treated well. In particular, I enjoyed the petty tiffs between Trish and her Ma.
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- The story is set in Mumbai. Certain references to Mumbai set my mind racing back to the past. The expression “… with no job in the unforgiving city of Mumbai” knocked me with its truth.
A copy of this book was given me by the author, through Indiblogger. Thanks Yashodhara and Indiblogger.