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About the Author
Preeti Shenoy is among the highest-selling authors in India and has been featured on the Forbes India long-list of the most influential celebrities. India Today has named her as being unique for being the only woman in the best-selling league. She has given several talks in many educational institutions including the IITs and IIMs.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
The novel is fabulous. I'm not sure if I found it so irresistible because the story almost narrates my own story so perfectly or if the story just tugs at your heartstrings. But in any case, it most certainly is one of the best Indian Romance Fictions I've read (and believe you me, I've read quite a few in this particular genre) I'd definitely recommend anyone and everyone to read it. If you are reading this review, please go ahead and place an order. This is one of my two favourites, so far (the other being I Too Had A Love Story by Ravinder Singh) Thank you Preethi Shenoy for this beautiful experience. --Amrut Achar on 07 Sep 2014
These are the 15 things that inspired me while reading this book and hope so other book readers too 1) Emotions of Love 2) Sweetness of Memories 3) Frustrations of Separation 4) Agony of making Second Chance in Life 5) Depth of Misunderstanding 6) Support during Emergency 7) Trust in Friendship 8) Suspicion of In-Laws 9) Women rights to give child birth 10) Technology advancement in Finding a person from any part of world 11) Presence of Mind during Long Night Travel 12) Dress Sense of Attracting People 13) Spying on someone 14) Instant Sharing of words 15) At last TAKING A RIGHT DECISION These are all the common things that happens to everyone in an INDIAN scenario in day to day life and that is what the author has portrayed in such a wonderful manner. It just TOUCHES the heart while reading !!!! My Hearty Congratulations for Preeti Shenoy for Perfect understanding of indian book worms.. --Soonu Aravinda... on 18 Nov 2013 --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00G9XMBQ8
- Publisher : Westland; 1st edition (18 November 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 884 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 282 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,457 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Coming to the story it is atypical love story of boy meets girl,can't live without each other n fate intervenes when they part ways n the how they pick up from there.
I am sure everyone can relate to this story.
Once again Preeti mam u have literally breathe life into your characters.i have read many books but the way Preeti mam presents her characters nobody else can do it.. Keep up the good work mam....
The stories n characters remain with you long after u close the book.... That is a good sign of a mater story teller
The book “The One You Cannot Have” has everything, it speaks of an unconditional love and it also says what a mature love story could be really like. Unlike other teenage love story books this book speaks a mature love story; a story that is less fictional and more real. Apart from love, the book also speaks of the relationship between a girl and their in-laws. And the best part, more or less the book speaks of pros and cons of marriage.
I will recommend everyone to read this book, you will definitely love it !!
What is destined, is bound to happen. We cannot control everything. You never know who is destined for whom when it comes to things like marriages.Every single day that nothing matters except love and if you love somebody, you will always forgive them, no matter what marriages are predestined. No matter what you do and how much you try to avoid it, you end up with certain people. Sometimes it is people you don’t even think you will end up with. But the universe spins a web and things change make an effort in your relationship now. Be nice to him/her. Accept him/her for who he/she is and Don't break communication.
A beautiful love story with a happy ending but not which ends with the lovers to have each other for their life time but their memories faded away over a period of time, stuck themselves in totally different relationships with someone else.
Aman Mathur, the one of his kind males left in this ugly world, meets Shruti Srinivasan in an inter-college event, and deeply falls in love with her, over a period of time. The love degree is so intense that they cannot even imagine of living a single moment without each other. But since Aman is from North India and Shruti being South Indian, their marriage proposal is dumped by Shruti’s parents and she is forced to marry Rishabh, under the pretext of ill-health of her mother. Aman is devastated over this development, after Shruti walks over one day and stops responding to Aman for over two years. He later moves on to UK to keep himself busy and finally comes back to Bangalore, on a job offer from his old mentor. Here he meets the attractive columnist Anjali, who prompts him to forget Shruti and move on to her. Rishabh one day happens to come across Shruti’s relationship with Aman before marriage and feels cheated for not being told about it. He maintains a silent distance with Shruti which tortures her emotionally day in day out until the time she decides to go back to Aman and pleading innocence. This is when Aman, the superior male, rejects Shruti’s offer and sends her back to Rishabh, thus taking his sweet revenge on her, for leaving him in the middle of a tempest and walking away, for her own reasons, without even thinking about what could happen to him.
The book is a lesson to many youngsters of today, who get into spontaneous physical and emotional relationships, so early in life, and later get separated due to unavoidable circumstances. Then are the times when they find it very difficult to adjust with their new and forced relationships, wherein their pre-marital affairs surface someday to haunt them for rest of their lives. Very few men exist today like Aman, who do not pounce on opportunities to grab women for sex, and also, there are too many women like Shruti, who find it difficult to adjust with their husbands, unable to forget the time spent with their lovers pre-marriage. The way the young urban India is changing its thought process about love, sex, marriage, divorce, friendship etc imitating the West, would be somewhat upsetting the elders of the country, who go through this story.
The author’s self styled jargon of phrasing sexual feelings of both male and female characters towards each other, at appropriate time, is superb and is at its zenith.
BTW, if someone wants to know about “Revenge Spending” find it in this book. An interesting, to-be-noted fact about angry and neglected wives.
My rating is 3.75/5
The climax >> Loved it.
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Although her Shruti has done nothing spectacular, she is remembered by the chief guest who later helps her. Her behavior in every situation is so strange that one really wonders what makes her tick! Deepika, her husband and their daughters - why do they do what they do?
The only good thing about the book is that it is short.
The main theme of the book is 'Everyone will always have the one you cannot have.' The author conveyed her point well. The book talks about acceptance of your past and moving on. The plot is a no-brainer. Anyone can guess it from the title. Aman, a north indian, and Shruthi, a south indian, are star-crossed lovers. After four years of togetherness, they believe that nothing is going to stop them from getting married. However, fate interferes in a cruel way and Shruti is married to a another guy, Rishabh, from her own community. Even after two years, Aman and Shruti struggle with the ghosts of their pasts. It affects Shruti's marital life and Aman finds it difficult to commit himself into another relationship. How they found acceptance of their past and moved on is the rest of the story.
The story moves at a brisk pace. The shifting of perspectives at the beginning of each chapter, a technique every author is employing these days, helped me understand them well.The characters of Shruti and Aman are excellently developed. Their love truly appeared magical. Until the last page, I hoped they would get together again, and once again the magic would happen. I particularly like Shruti's narration. I would often find myself skipping Anjali's part. It's not that her part was boring,but Shruti's was interesting.
Moving on, there are loose ends in the story. Like the story of Vikram and Dipika. What happened to them? And why did the author introduce the subplot in the story when she didn't want to give it a proper closure? Is Dipika's character introduced to show us how bitter marriages can become and how it would drive the women to extremes? The other complaint I have is that the author drilled into reader's mind that marriages become boring after some years. She should have shown atleast one happy couple. It's a pretty depressing thought.
I felt that the ending was abrupt. How did Shruti and Rishabh reconcile? I know she wrote an epilogue, but I felt it was insufficient since we invested so much time on them.
The major complaint I have is why are mothers always shown as pestering? About baby, marriage or otherwise? The author tried to show it as affection, but frankly it was repetitive.
Well, those are some of my thoughts. If you want to read a good story of acceptance and moving on, without worrying about the fate of other characters, then this is the book. I would have given it 4 stars if the story was a bit more well developed without loose ends.