This post was supposed to have gone up on Valentine’s Day, just like the video I made, where I talk about some romance books and recommend them to you. But as always, I got sidetracked by a number of issues, and here I am, putting this up eons after it was supposed to have gone up.
It is, I think, fitting enough that I talk about some amazing love stories that have touched me, made me cry, and sent dinosaur-sized butterflies rampaging through my stomach. Not all of the love stories are the mainstay of the books mentioned. Some of them could be subplots, but the pull these stories had for me was undeniable.
In a world that is going through so much at a time – let’s all agree that 2020 is one big dumpster fire – we all need love, friendship, and compassion. I don’t even want to talk about the callousness that is rampant in the world today. But I do want to talk about this new novel that’s scheduled for release on September 21, that looks and sounds so beautiful and talks about love and friendship in a world divided.
What happens when opposites meet? When two completely different people find themselves drawn to each other? Can they really find happiness together? Can wheelchair-bound Ritwika find a chord that connects her to national-level athlete Chetan? Will Aditi’s irrepressible cheerfulness restart Jayant’s life, put on indefinite pause since his parents’ death? Does Indu, happily divorced, rediscover her faith in love with the reclusive Lokesh? When Opposites Meet is the story of three unlikely couples and the differences between them. It’s the story of love, and the possibility of finding it in the most unlikely of places.
Today is Valentine’s Day – a day of celebration for couples, and a day of anger, wistfulness, or in some cases, even disgust for many singles. In India, however, Valentine’s Day is looked down upon as a tradition that looks to bring down Indian culture. With moral policing unfairly taking higher precedence in this one-sided war against love, there is a growing need for more open-mindedness and lesser high-handed treatment of free will. [Wow, that rhymed!]
To be frank, I hadn’t heard of Kumail Nanjiani before watching The Big Sick. And it wasn’t even my idea to watch this movie. The only people I knew in this film were Zoe Kazan (thanks to What If) and Ray Romano. My husband told me that Nanjiani was one of the funniest guys in America and that we absolutely had to watch the movie. So I said yes, we should watch it and lo and behold! We did!
I had watched Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess as Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew in bits and pieces of One Day, the movie. I could make neither head nor tail of what the story was about, so I decided to change the channel. Months later, I came across One Day, the novel in a second-hand book shop. It was then that I realized that it was David Nicholls’s genius that brought the story to life in both forms.
The blurb to Melody’s Key has a pretty interesting ring to it. So when I got the chance to read and review the book, I went ahead immediately. The book starts off on quite a comic note, one that many people find themselves in.