Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Bad Romance by Harshita Srivastava: A Review

Blurb: Life is a bitch and I’m one of its victims. I had the perfect life. I was blessed with the perfect boyfriend, a perfect best friend, the perfect set of girlfriends and perfect choice of career. There were some loopholes but then they went beyond my perspective. Overall, I had the kind of life people would ideally like to have but happy times aren’t meant to last forever.

Sometimes we feel that we have figured life but that’s something that is never going to happen. You know why? It’s because it has this habit of kicking us right in the middle of ecstasy. No wonder, it did the same with me.

This is my story, my story of that exploration within, my feelings, my emotions, my thought process, my priorities, my conflicts and my journey into the temptation of love, lust, lies and betrayals. This is the story of Kritika and a man who gave her life another dimension, Tanishq. This is a story of the complexities of relationships and the trap that a simple idea of sensuality, pleasure and euphoria can put you into. This is a story for everyone who has loved, lost and fought for survival and love, together.

Verdict: ‘Bad Romance’ is the second novel by the
Harshita Srivastava. This story is about a girl named Kritika, her love, her affection and how she faces the betrayal and the lies.

A romance is always associated with the word good, if not then it is not romance. The title Bad Romance sounds catchy and the wonderful cover and the quality makes the first impression wonderful for any reader.

The author started the story in a bit different way. She had raised quite a difficult question to her readers that ‘What is love’. The story starts with a hint of the end and then revolves around a girl named Kritika when she entered the college for her graduation and got attracted by a guy named Tanishq. Within days they became friends and within months they became best of friends. Away from Lucknow, Kritika found a perfect friend in Tanishq until she met Vikrant in a workshop. In an instance she got attracted towards him and soon they were head over heels for each other. The story is not new but somehow able to make readers turn the page to know what lies ahead. The way the author crisis at the end is significant. To know what made Kritika try to erase the memories of the two boys from her life, one should read the book.

The author narrated the whole story as a female protagonist and readers will see what a woman can feel when she faces love for the first time, when she experience her first sex, when she found her arrogant boyfriend abusing her and how does it feel to be on the losers side in a relationship. A well edited version would have kept readers interest in this story a bit more.

The story is not new or fresh and I felt it loosened up interest in few chapters but the end is good. Readers will close this book with a smile on their face. The narrating style was simple but this story can be told in a more interesting way.

Final Words: This book has everything friendship, love, sex, lies, betrayals and finally the way to move on. A nice entertainer.

Title: Bad Romance
Author: Harshita Srivastava
Publisher: Gargi Publishers
Page Count: 159
My Rating: 3.5/5

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  1. Thank you for the review, Purnendu :)

    1. Your most welcome Harshita, keep entertaining your readers. :)