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November 3, 2013

Book Review -141 : The Guardian Angels

Publisher : Grapevine
Author : Rohit Gore

“The Guardian Angels” is a tale of two star-crossed lovers, Adi Mehta and Radha Deodhar. Their lives seem to be woven through delicate strings together; always pulling them towards each other. Hailing from strikingly different worlds, they find themselves drawn to each other; often saving the other from dire circumstances or situations.

The story starts with Aditya Mehta, the introvert and the son of a billionaire. Adi is a recluse and despite wanting to socialize he forces himself to stay alone. He then meets Radha Deodhar at school. Radha is the exact opposite of what Adi is. She is very smart and proactive and is brought up by her father who believes in socialism. They instantly become friends in school; they help each other walk through the troubles at school, college and in real life. Later in their life, having known each other for almost two decades, they still struggle to find the right name for their relationship.

Gore introduces characters to the T and maintains a brisk pace through out. Length has been a problem with Gore's earlier novels and this one is no exception. But that's overcome with the sincerity and non-convoluted conversations between the lead characters. Both Adi and Radha, even though resorting to unnecessary melodrama at times, still evokes sympathy and concern. There are heartfelt situations and multiple instances

I am going with 3/5 for Rohit Gore's 'The Guardian Angels'. A little shorter and better edited would have been more rewarding, but in its current form this is a quick Sunday read worth your time.

The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.

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