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July 9, 2012

Book Review - 86 : You Never Know When You'll Get Lucky!






Author : Priya Narendra
Publisher : Fingerprint


When Kajal, a sassy never-afraid-to-make-an-idiot-of-herself-in-public copywriter, finally decides to put her love-life on hold and focus on that long-overdue promotion, fate mysteriously throws her way a stream of eligible bachelors: from Mr Could-Be-Right who lives in another city, to a reputed lech of a neighbor who becomes her knight in shining armour, from a hunky researcher intent on proposing, to a childhood-nemesis-turned-amorous-pursuer.


Add to the mess a client who is a pain in the ass, a crucial ad campaign for a brand of condoms, disapproving middle-class parents and, to top it all, the most romantic rainstorm of the decade and Kajal seems to be no longer in control of anything! But luck has its own sweet way of dealing with troubles. After all, you never know when you’ll get lucky!


I must confess upfront that I have never been a great fan of chick-lits mainly because most of the authors tend to get all so emotional and drown their characters in sympathies that in the end the narrative is devoid of all the fun they might be having. You Never Know When You'll Get Lucky! by Priya Narendra is a breath of fresh air in a clouded and muddled array of numerous chick-lit authors where feminism is turned into male bashing, independence comes at the cost of relationships and romance is so drowsy you feel like puking. The charm of this book though lies in the fact that it keeps the over-the-top moments well out of the narrative and brings in surprises which linger on well after you have finished reading the book.


The story is fast paced, and even though it maintains delicate balance between personal and professional lives of Kajal, ultimately you are bowled over by the sensitivity with which author uses minimal expressions and words to convey the feelings of almost all the characters. There are enough LOL moments which will make you smile but also intelligently interspersed are the quick-burst moments of self introspection and nervous energy. I particularly enjoyed the portions where Kajal is in two minds about Mr. Right and how desperately she wanted to work out this relationship instead of being in two different cities.


My only grudge is the fact that there are too much cliches when it comes to Kajal's parent - their dialogues, their reactions (or rather over-reactions) and their ambitions. Apart from this, the final act of both lovers coming together has been wrapped up with such ease you wonder if the writer was running short of words or time or both. The gay character redemption in front of the parents has been dealt a little too easily in the climax so as the meteoric rise of Kajal in the advertising world.


But keep these nitpicking apart, you have an absolute perfect chick-lit in your hands for a weekend read. I am going with 3.5/5 for Priya Narendra's 'You Never Know When You'll Get Lucky!'. It is humorous and witty in equal measures. It is packaged well and will keep you hooked most of the time in the narrative. Even though it is predictable in parts, you will not feel time and energy wasted at all. For how many chick-lits by Indian authors you can say the same in these times?

2 comments:

Noopur said...

Beautiful story...

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shrutisen said...

Great one...but i think it deserves bit more than 3.5