Novels these days are extremely Bollywood-esque and Simar Malhotra’s Tides Don’t Cross by Rupa Publications is one such novel that I came across.

The novel follows the story of Mrinalini and Rukmani, two sisters who are as different as chalk and cheese. Mrinalini if is calm and obedient, Rukmani is a rebel. They are fatherless girls, brought up by their cold and calculating mother. But if Mrinalini falls prey to the burden of their mother’s ambitions, Rukmani flies off to Paris and NY to chase a new life. But the fate meddles and the two fall for a same guy.

Now that’s cliche Bollywood, don’t you think? What differs is certainly the style of narration which kept me hooked. The characters were well developed and quite involving. I wanted to know what the leap is gonna bring in the lives of these three characters. The writing was lucid, descriptive and peppered with interesting adages and idioms. The honesty in the writing was quite evident because one could easily start hating the character of Neelam only to sympathise with her upon knowing the past. The twists in the tale did leave me a little disturbed, such was the conviction in the writing. However, the cinephile in me couldn’t help but notice the very much resemblance of the story to a Bollywood romance.

Overall, I think the book makes for a good read. If you like Bollywood drama or romance, you are sure to fall for this story as well.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Publishers: Rupa Publications
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