Messed Up! But all for Love Paperback – 1 May 2017
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Q and A with Arvind Parashar
Q: Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What is your professional background? Why did you write this book?
Arvind: At the outset, I would like to thank you for considering me for this discussion.
Well, I hail from this beautiful valley called Dehradun. I studied science and computers from my home town and then a diploma in insurance from the U.S. I have worked in leadership roles at GE, Dell and Genpact, to name a few. My profession took me to various cities in India and abroad, especially America. I looked at life closely, met up with various people, made friends and that left a long lasting mark. So through my life, that influence carried with me and that led to the writing of this novel.
Yes, there is lot of suspense added and a whole lot of imagination along with personal experiences in building the storyline. I love the thriller and romance genres. And I realised there was a need to fill this space of romantic thriller in Indian literary space and hence the idea of a romantic thriller trilogy came to my mind. When it did, Messed Up! But All For Love happened.
Q: Please tell us a bit about Messed Up! But All For Love
Arvind: The book is a tale of two couples leading different mundane and crazy lives and how they come together. Neil (the protagonist) and Gauri, Som and Drishti are two couples. Then, there are a set of friends who play a pivotal role in further messing up their relationships. What this book deals with is an interesting set of sequences, where the reader will know what's going on but the characters don't know. And later, readers also get surprised due to the twists involved. Drishti is abducted and Neil gets framed for it. Rest, I would love for the readers to discover.
Q: Which character in the book is your favourite?
Arvind: This is a question which a lot of my readers also ask me, and when I answer this one, I am not trying to be politically correct. Trust me, all these characters are part of my life and they will remain with me for long. More so, not just because I have written this book, also the fact that this is a trilogy. The protagonist and folks around him will by and large feature in all the parts. But when you look at this from my readers' standpoint, they do talk about Neil, Gauri or Drishti as being their favourite.
Q: You have a strong social cause associated with your book. Can you please tell us about the activities involved?
Arvind: Yes, I have been associated with social causes for a long time now. In my early corporate days at GE, we used to have Elfun, then I was part of Joy of giving campaign and even got featured in the Mint for my association with the cause of education. Now, with this book, I have pledged my profits towards Spandana Rehabilitation Center in Udupi. It is towards intellectually specially abled people. The cause is very close to my heart. We also did a video of it and we have it on social media. Also, during my book launch, we shared it with the media and readers across.
Q: What’s next for you?
Arvind: As I stated earlier, this is a romantic thriller trilogy and the next one is the book two of messed up series. Readers can expect a whole lot of love and thrill in that too. It is a prequel to this one and deals with the college life of the protagonist and much more.
Q: Is there any method to the way you write?
Arvind: There is no fixed rule to the way I write. Honestly speaking, I always end up changing the plot during the course of writing and you would find the final book quite different from my initial synopsis. I do give a couple of weeks’ break in writing the crucial parts, so that the writing is more evolved. And yes, I write practically everywhere – laptop, notepads, tissue papers and at times on the palm when I get some thoughts and I can't find any paper to jot it down. The writing experience is almost like Nirvana.
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- Publisher : Srishti Publishers & Distributors (1 May 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9382665943
- ISBN-13 : 978-9382665946
- Item Weight : 181 g
- Dimensions : 12.95 x 1.02 x 19.69 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Generic Name : BOOK
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The book starts off very well. The prologue shows Neil getting out from jail and heading to Gurgaon from Mumbai. It is very suspenseful and I could see that the book would be a bit intense.
This isn’t a very happy book. We see how Neil and Gauri’s marriage crumble and how he has a brief affair with Dhrishti. It was sad to see their relationship being destroyed due to misunderstandings. There is a lot of drama in this book. It also gets really cheesy at times. The kissing and love scenes made me cringe as they were not written well. The protagonists travel a lot in the book and I think that made the book a bit more interesting. There is a twist towards the end that I think made the book better and stopped me from losing interest.
This book doesn’t have very remarkable characters. I didn’t love Neil but I did feel bad for him throughout. I didn’t like Gauri much. She didn’t seem to trust Neil and they never talked through their problems. There was a huge lack of understanding and communication in their relationship.
The narration of this book was a little different than I usually read. Neil is telling the whole story of what all happened to him to his boss. It shifts from the days of Neil and Gauri’s marriage to the present. The book got confusing at times and this format didn’t really work for me.
I liked the writing style of the author for the most part. The story is gripping and fast-paced and I could get easily get through it in one sitting.
Overall, I’ll say this is a nice book to read in one sitting. It mainly focuses on the problems that arise in a marriage or a relationship. It wasn’t that interesting for me and I didn’t find anything exciting. I do recommend it if you’re looking for a short romantic read.
“I received a copy of this book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.”
Title- 4 Stars
Blurb- 4 Stars
Narration: 4 Stars
Plot- 4 Stars
Characters: 4.5 Stars
Writing and Presentation- 4 Stars
Overall Rating- 4.5 Stars
Neil is a senior executive working with a leading brand name and his wife Gauri is a dentist running her own clinic. They are a loving and doting young married couple, living a life of comfort in posh suburban Gurgaon. Neil's fitness consultant Srinya seems to be stirring some trouble in their lives, though.
Drishti is a TV news anchor and journalist and her husband Somesh, a top cop. They are bored of their mundane busy lives, until a chance meeting with Neil and his friends in Cuba that changes everything.
To add sanity and madness to their lives are the funny and mysterious set of friends - Tom, Jerry, James, Mehr and Antriksha.
The havoc ensues when Drishti gets abducted and Neil is framed for it. Gauri finds out some bitter truths and leaves Neil. But what really is the truth?
When facts finally surface, we will know how much these lives are Messed Up! But All for Love.
The cover is mesmerizing and the blurb is adding the hype to read the novel.
The title "Messed Up! But all for Love" seems apt as well because we can relate with it, in our real life as well, we all are messed up in some way or the thing our self but when someone comes in our life, we forget all the mess and are willing to get into even a messier mess for what ? Messed up! But all for Love.
The plot is quite similar and realistic which we may have seen and read many times but the narration was completely different, fast paced and engaging. The characterization of the main characters Neil, Gauri, Som, Drishti, and other supporting cast was amazing.
Quotes from Madhushala were used perfectly and added to the value of the plot. Many Locations were used, including Gurgaon (Gurugram), Bangkok, etc. The Novel's main focus was romance and extra-marital, with pinches of humor, suspense and thrillers.
All in all, The book is for light and fun reading, and should not be missed by those who like to read love stories. The Pace of the Novel is so apt that Once you start reading, you can’t keep the Book down.