Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Romantic Resonance - Book Review

Romantic Resonance
By Ketaki Sane
Review By Ila Garg

Romantic Resonance, a novel by the debutant writer Ketaki Sane, is published by Frog Books, an imprint of Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd. The cover is quite simple and it thoroughly represents romance. However, I didn’t find it much appealing after reading the book. After reading the book you will realize that the cover could have been a lot better than this. The title is direct and attracts the readers.  

Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone is a storyteller. Mumbai based Ketaki Sane is a Pharma Marketer by profession. While her job demands her to constantly market her skills, she wants her writing to speak for itself, because life unveils itself in that form to her. Romantic Resonance marks her literary debut. You can also pick up Crumpled Voices to read her latest story titled ‘Freedom’.

The blurb reads as, “Isn't love controversial? While some people swim in its ocean, there are some who drown even in shallow waters. 

You know how it feels to ‘be in love’, don't you? Some may have expressed it, some may be waiting for the right time to say it, some may be in a blissful relation, some may have suffered pain, whatever be the state the love bug has surely bitten you.

The shy and sensitive Arya feels that ‘perfect love’ exists only in romantic novels and Bollywood. She is heartbroken when the person who made her believe in love leaves her ‘just like that’.

Her quest for love takes her to a new level of self-realization. She decides to follow her heart and gives love a second chance.

Will Arya's belief in love resonate with his feelings for her?

Romantic Resonance, revolves around a young girl named Arya, her friend Dhruv, and her love interest Neel. Unlike other romantic fictions, Ketaki’s book take us on a roller coaster of emotions where we experience a whirlwind of romance, friendship, career and heartbreak. We see an innocent but mature Arya taking the lead and make us laugh and cry in the journey of the book. Her friend Dhruv is protective and caring towards her since the beginning and never lets go off her side.

However, not further revealing the plot, I would like to mention that this isn’t a love story purely. It has so many subtle plots woven in it. Apart from romance, it has given a balanced space to heartbreaks, misunderstandings, friendship, naughtiness, and the intricacies of a caring bond, and of course the smartness to deal with some crazy situations of our life.

The book has more to it than meets the eye. Initially there is nothing different that Ketaki Sane offers us in the book. It’s the same old tale with slight twists. But gradually it captures. The first half is a usual tale where Arya remains aloof because of a heartbreak that is caused to her by Neel and Dhruv and her parents keep consoling and distracting her but later on the story changes track. It has slight humorous episodes but I majorly enjoyed the suspense behind Arya and Neel’s break up and how intelligently it is revealed during the climax.

The complexity of Arya’s love story and the dejections that she faces, the mystery behind Dhruv’s character, and Neel’s sudden disappearance from Arya’s life are some of the reasons you will keep turning the pages to find out what happens in Romantic Resonance. Another reason that would keep you glued to it would be the relation between Dhruv and Arya.

This 156 page book is well written and moves beyond the regular romance novels. The book has a few grammatical errors, punctuation mistakes and several other errors too. Apart from this, it is very entertaining. It’s a light read and I could have easily finished reading it in less than 2 hours if I wasn’t so busy with my editing projects. At some points it becomes dragging.

‘Yay’ Factors: The story line and the suspense that is built up.

‘Nay’ Factors: Excessive use of comma was a big put off!

My Verdict: To find out whether she survives through the incessant sufferings of her break up and moves on with his new found friend in Dhruv or not, will she be lucky enough to bump into Neel again, why Neel distanced himself from her, who is Dhruv, what relation exists between Arya’s father and Neel’s mother, how does it complicate their lives, how she sets everything right towards the end; you will have to read the novel, Romantic Resonance.

Ratings: 3.5/5

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This (Unbiased) book review is a part of "The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program". To get free books log on to thereaderscosmos.blogspot.com. Thanks Nimi Vashi for giving me the opportunity to read such a nice book!

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