Title : Love Curry
Author : Pankaj Dubey
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House India (1 October 2017)
About the Book : Three flat mates in London begin to see how different their lives are and at the same time how similar their backgrounds. And when life begins to deal its rough cards, how easy things become when they are all together!
Ali is a Pakistani chef with the dream of setting up his own nihari restaurant. Shehzad is a cool tattoo artist from Bangladesh with a broken past and Rishi is an Indian with nondescript skills and trying to hide himself from the world. They all make one mistake—that of falling in love—with the same girl. They become arch-rivals. But when their worlds turn topsy-turvy, they have no one but each other to turn to, learning that love is as much about letting go as it is about possessing.
Equally thoughtful as it is entertaining, sensitive as it is quirky, Love Curry is a glimpse of life truly to its fullest!
About the Author : Pankaj Dubey is a bestselling bilingual novelist and film-maker. Both his books What a Loser! and Ishqiyapa—to Hell With Love, published by Penguin Books India, have been written by him in Hindi as well. He accentuates the socio-political undercurrents with quirks and humour in his style of writing. He has been a journalist with the BBC World Service in London. He was also selected for the prestigious Writers’ Residency in the Seoul Art Space, Yeonhui, Seoul, South Korea, amongst three novelists from Asia in 2016. Aniruddhan Vasudevan (Tr.) is an award-winning translator and writer.
My say : “Life has a way of surprising you that defies all planning. When the heart gets struck, it punctures every list and rule in the head or paper.”
Pankaj Dubey’s Love Curry is a perfect blend of a Bollywood masala movie. The title ‘Love Curry’ is justified, as it binds two elements together– love and food. This curry tastes unique as it has laughter, romance, love, mystery and hatred.
The story takes a gripping start and you will feel like it’s going to be another romantic story but, it’s something different. The story revolves around these 3 friends who are constantly struggling with their personal and professional lives. It has three Asians – an Indian, a Pakistani and a Bangladeshi flatmates, trying to woo their landlord’s daughter. This story takes interesting twists and turns and gradually becomes much more than that. Each character comes with his own interesting backstories and have their significance in the storyline.
I found it little slow, when it was going towards end but overall it’s a nice. With easy to understand language, this book is a light read up for a weekend. Also, this book can be adopted as a Bollywood script because it is perfectly spiced up for it. I would like to recommend this book to everyone.
Rating : 3 / 5
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