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September 24, 2012

Book Review - 94 : Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake

Author : Preeti Shenoy
Publisher : Ebury Press

'Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake' deal with Nisha and his broken marriage with Samir who unexpectedly announces the end of their eight year long relationship. Nisha is left with two kids and an unknown future. She struggles to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life from scratch. As she see-saws through a series of emotions and feelings of pain and rejection, she finds Akash, an old friend, standing next to her through her dark days. Can Nisha build a new life with Akash or has her broken marriage put off her love life forever?

Neatly written and a not-so-unpredictable story, the book captures your imagination with the sincerity of the characters and the simplicity with which writer puts down the conversations with the lead pair. 
A high point in the book was brought by the balance writer shows in portraying the relationships. This could have easily become those extreme, male bashing & feminist novels, but thankfully the stereotypes are at least half broken. The "we-want-kids-or-not" conversation between Nisha and Samir are heart wrenching, so does the portions about Nisha regarding ability to find your true professional strengths in the matter of adversity. No doubt, the character of Akash is painted with broad strokes with that "Mr. Perfect" Outlook but since it is etched out with love and a rare tenderness, you are ready to forgive the drawbacks.

I am going with 3/5 for Preeti Shenoy's 'Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake'. Within the realms of adult Indian fiction, it is a book which will leave you with a feeling of satisfaction. 

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