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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Book Review: Love Bi the Way by Bhaavna Arora

Title: Love Bi the Way
Author: Bhaavna Arora
Publisher: Penguin Random House India Private Limited

Genre: Fiction 

Date:  2016

Price: INR 139/ 122.55 (Kindle)

Pages: 248

India is going through a time where the old and the new, especially thoughts try to co-ordinate exist. In the times where modern thoughts of the younger generation want to change the old, baseless beliefs but the reigns of society still being in the hands of the old raised by a very orthodox set of beliefs try to dominate. This is a major reason why we though a developing nation, even the educated, divide people in terms of caste, creed, religion and worst of all sex of the chosen partner. The heights of it all being criminalization of the act of having  sex with person of the same sex. This leads to people being unable to come out in the open in the society, family and sometimes to their own self. With the west beginning to accept it, it's India's turn to truly adapt now.

Artists have opposed this discrimination in various forms. It has been documented in films with lead characters being homosexuals like Fire and On a lighter note Kapoor & Sons which unlike the former managed to reach the audience. However bisexuality is still spoken of in hushed tones. Despite scientific and social science research on the subject matter looking at even alternating sexualities of the same human being and reasoning it extensively. On this note Bhaavna Arora tries to explore this via a more emotional trajectory, - a story, one that delves into the psyche of characters and then connects the reader with their journey towards discovery of their own sexualities.

Love is what we all desire. That one person who would understand us, someone we want to share our smallest achievements to our greatest fear. Someone we simply want to hug first when we are happy or cuddle with for hours till we stop sulking in our sadness. Yet it is this one person that is most difficult to find for a simple reason Men and Women though may be on earth but are very different beings. Their needs, priorities etc. are different from another and most of all there are fidelity issues - the core of the poison that slowly infiltrates and chokes to death any relationship it gets into. The central characters Zara and Rihana have scars of their own. They are best friends but opposite in every sense. While Zara is an introvert who has locked her secrets in the big trunk, Rihana is a complete extrovert who can do anything from directly approaching to embarrassing a man. Zara meanwhile believes it's only love that's worth giving yourself to.

They share a great friendship and are sole support for each other's lack of a family. The two hide well, their scars and try to live another day with them but challenging life situations make them peel the exterior and know each other better. It's their journey into overcoming the hurt that began early in life but hurt forever into living each day fully after finally growing out of it and in the process understand who they really are.

The characters are chalked out perfectly for the plot and the writer slowly reveals their life events making sure the reader connects instantaneously with each one and really understand the set of emotions each one goes through in situations that present themselves. The story is written on a light note with a lot of humor to portray the everyday life making it a pleasant light read with a important underlying note.

PS:  I loved the letter Zara writes to the prince, it was the most subtly delivered effective letters ever and if you ever loved someone that is the one to read. 
Overall a good read.

Rating: 3/5.

About the Author:
Bhaavna Arora is the bestselling author of the Deliberate Sinner and Mistress of Honour. Before her foray into writing, she was heading a business school as a director; she also trains students and professionals on leadership. She holds two management degrees and a Ph.D. in Leadership from Pittsford University. 

A fourth-generation army kid, Bhaavna is a true patriot. She enjoys reading, travelling, swimming, horse riding and playing sports and has a fancy for big bikes and cars.

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