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About the Author

Preeti Shenoy is the bestselling author of Life is What You Make It and eleven other titles. Her books have been translated into several Indian and foreign languages. She is among the highest-selling authors in India. She is also a speaker, columnist, and artist. Preeti has been featured on BBC, Conde Nast, Verve, India Today and all other major media.

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Q 1. With all your books, you have experimented with various genres and sub-genres. How was your experience of working on a young-adult/ coming of age story in When Love came Calling?

Preeti: It was really a refreshing experience. For teens and young adults, the immediacy of any situation is magnified ten times more than what it is for adults. I did a lot of research into the teen brain, and understood the behavioral aspect of teens in different scenarios as opposed to adults before writing this book.

I think teens will make great entrepreneurs if they utilize their strengths; they are naturally prone to more risk-taking than adults.

Q 2. Who or what was your inspiration behind creating the characters of Puja and Arush? They are every bit relatable to most readers.

Preeti: My own two children are young adults. They have many friends who are exactly like Puja and Arush. My son has some traits of Arush; I also had a lot of inputs from my daughter. When I was writing this book, she was doing an internship at Singapore. During lunch hour, she would call me and we would discuss the book in detail.

Q 3. This book explores the parent-child relationship deeply. Please tell us your thoughts on this subject.

Preeti: I think most parents have no idea just how much to push their teens. Some parents are very authoritative (like Puja’s mother). They are ‘Tiger moms’. While it works well for some kids, (like Puja’s sister), it doesn’t work well for others. There’s truly no one-size-fits-all when it comes to parenting. The important thing here is to understand your child, and then help them grow up to be good human beings. Parents should develop the ability to accept teens and young adults for who they are, as opposed to who they want their children to be. I think this book will also help teens to see things from the parents’ perspective. Many of my readers who have read this book tell me that they have given it to their parents to read.

Q 4. For you, what’s the most unique feature of this story?

Preeti: It will appeal to everyone. Even those who dislike the romance genre will find something they love in this book. It is rich and detailed. You travel with the protagonists to Wayanad, Mattancherry, Jew Town, Derby and Heathrow!

Q 5. Do you have any favorite lines in the book?

Preeti: My favourite lines in the book are spoken in Chaitra’s voice to her husband Krishnan. (Chaitra is Puja’s mom).

She says, ‘Where is the rule book that says mothers have to give up their careers and be there for the kids? Why didn’t you wind up all your businesses and stay at home? Was she my responsibility alone?’

I think these are powerful lines, especially in the Indian context, where the primary responsibility of child-raising falls on the mother.

Q 6. Please share the most interesting bit about writing When Love Came Calling.

Preeti: I lived in the skins of the two characters while writing this book. It was great fun to ‘think like Arush, talk like Arush’ and then immediately in the next chapter, I had to switch to thinking like Puja and talking like her. After a few chapters, I had to switch to Chaitra’s voice. I loved that and it was a great mental exercise for me! My readers too say they find an immediate connection, and they have two distinct voices. That felt very fulfilling to hear.

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  • Publisher : Srishti Publishers & Distributors (17 August 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9387022919
  • ISBN-13 : 978-9387022911
  • Item Weight : 210 g
  • Dimensions : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
  • Country of Origin : India
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By Lokendra on 19 August 2020
"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." - JOHN A. SHEDD.

The book starts with this tag line which impreses it's readers a lot.
And I read it in one stretch.

The story deals with PUJA, fiery, confused and on the spot decision making girl, and ARUSH, on the other hand, a studious and shy boy, belongs from the UK. The story divided into 64 parts or sections and reflects a harsh part of our conservative society, which is to chase your parents' dreams tremendously without thinking about yourself.

It describes beautifully KERALA and talks about our rich heritage culture, which was completely vanished by the BRITISH'S as they claimed they gave us the education system, railways, and many more things, but how can they ruin a whole culture, as India is not a country.

The story shows beautifully our rich heritage of India. In one book you will find Love, Rage, Teasing, Dreams, Family View, and many more aspects of our daily life. So, grab a copy of this lovely book and definitely go for it.

This also reflects how the family is important for everyone in his entire life. It shows all ups and down with family of younger generation.
I will not write all summary of this beautiful and mindblowing work of the Author.

In last, I'll give this book 5 points out of 5, as it is a fabulous out-standing work of the Author.

Go and get a copy and read this beautiful work.

Thank you.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Preeti Shenoy nailed it again..
By Divya on 19 August 2020
I pre ordered the book in March and was very eager to read and it was worth waiting as this story is really good.. there was no second thought about the book as it's by Preeti Shenoy, one of the best author.. and the book reached the expectation. It was so good I finished it in a day and wished it continued as I didn't want it to end. It tells about teenage love, importance of family and how important it is to express our feelings with our family.. finally it's again a best one by Preeti Shenoy. Thanks for the wonderful book and keep inspiring us readers🥰
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would love a sequelll!!!
By Shweatha Ganesh on 20 August 2020
*Deep breath*
It's been a while since I read Preeti Shenoy's books and I had to wait for the past 4 months to get my hands on this.

Puja is a 19 year old rebel who's being sent into a rural location for a project during her summer vacay. Her family is full of super achievers, which has set bars extremely high for her. But Puja is different.

Arush is a 20 year old guy who had been raised in the UK without any exposure to the Indian land (not to an extent that he knows nothing about it). He studies art and has travelled to India for the first time to take part in various projects for his academics. They meet at a camp, develop feelings and things go pretty smooth until something totally unexpected happens. What happens post that ?

The book not just talks about love but also deals with a major issue - negligence, which is pretty common in households where both the parents tend to be extremely busy. However, this book addresses the issue in perspective of an upper class hh.

There are a lot of things which would seem extremely improbable or let's say, HIGHLY unlikely (atleast in my household), but I had to convince myself how it "could" happen in other societies, else I wouldn't have enjoyed the book as such. Love maybe makes one do crazy things.

What's the most important thing to be noted here is that, how parents neglecting or failing to understand their children's feelings would result in horrible consequences. I'd recommend this to any parent. There wasn't any graphic content which makes it totally okay for you to recommend this to your parents (The awkwardness is spared).

You would've known by now how I literally love Arush but that was half way through the book. Once we come to the ending, it low-key fades. But he's lovely.

I really wish there was more portions of romance between those two cuz the title legit is about love.

Shanthi Chechi was such a lovely character with a disturbing past and it just inspires me to be as strong as her, despite what the situation would be. Puja's dad and Jenna are the characters one would definitely love.

Deffo a great read for any age. I'd love a sequel.
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