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Done With Men [Kindle Edition]

Shuchi Singh Kalra
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Travel journo, Kairavi Krishna (Kay) has had it with men. After a series of disasters (losers, philanderers, leeches, mama’s boys and possessive psychos), she is all too tempted to walk out on the prospect of ever finding love. Accompanied by her best friend and flat-mate Baani, she sets off for Goa, hoping to get away from her miserable love life and vowing to stay clear of the male species.
Goa however, has a host of surprises in store for her. Ricky, her pesky ex-boyfriend, is busy painting the town red with his hot new girlfriend. Now what is poor Kay to do, other than overdose on vodka, smoke pot, get an outrageous tattoo and fall off the hotel balcony?
She wakes up in the hospital to the tender ministrations of Dr.Vivian D’Mello—young, suave and handsome as hell. Will Kay stick to her guns or will she fall for his ridiculously sexy charms? And what’s up with the mixed signals he’s giving out?

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"Perfectly summarises the life of a modern day working woman with an easy going style of writing that will go down well with all readers. Good job, Shuchi Kalra!" - Faraaz Kazi, Bestselling Author of  Truly, Madly, Deeply 

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Done With Men, Indian Chicklit, Romcom

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  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 159 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Indireads Incorporated (February 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GO3H88Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Piece of Romantic Comedy Writing February 6, 2014
By Maria
Format:Kindle Edition
A light read, a bright and breezy romantic comedy by an Indian author who could well be in the running to be the next Marian Keyes (you know who Marian Keyes is, surely? The queen of rom com fiction and chick lit? Who’s Irish just like me?).

The plot is simple enough. Writer Kairavi (Kay to her friends) has foresworn men after a string of failed relationships. An ill-fated night on the town leaves her hospitalized, however, with a tattoo declaring ‘Done With Men’ and considerable injury to her ego. A handsome Goan doctor with a poetical name enters her life and intrigues her, leading her a merry dance indeed. Suddenly, the hardened journo is wondering whether or not being ‘Done With Men’ forever is a little premature.

I loved the humour and the romance, the ‘will she or won’t she’ intrigue and the Goan sunshine. The writer has thoughtfully provided a list of Hindi terms at the back for those unfamiliar with the language, so this is a book which can be enjoyed by anyone who reads in English, even if they’re not Indian.

Shuchi Kalra is a witty and observant author who is already a well established blogger and editor. She has a perfect voice for women’s fiction with her dry humour and chatty writing style. Full marks to this one!

I received a review copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate rom-com! February 5, 2014
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Rarely do you find books that have the perfect mix of fun, laughter, romance and a dose of reality! You will fall in love with Kairavi, crave for a friend like Baani and drool over the oh-so perfect doctor! The authors command over english is praiseworthy, as she makes the scenes come alive, be it a day at the beach with high heels, or diarrhea! You will not regret reading this book, specially if you are a die hard romantic :) So make yourself a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the heartwarming-ly funny life of Kairavi :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing read! Crisply written in a refreshing style. February 20, 2014
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I dont read chick-lit usually but this was free for some time on Amazon during a promotion and seemed like a quick, fun read looking at the cover (They lie when they tell you to not judge a book by its cover). Considering I usually prefer sci-fi and fantasy fiction, it really blew me away by how much I enjoyed it! It is not that short but really fast paced and engaging. It keeps you hooked to the end and was over in one long, enjoyable session. Definitely recommended on a flight or train journey. Also really enjoyed how the characters are fleshed out and resonate with our generation. The style and quality of writing was the most refreshing part about this novella and it was MUCH better than Chetan Bhagat, Amish and all the other "bestselling authors" who screw up on grammar in the most painful ways. All in all, a wonderful read and kudos to the author on such a solid first publication!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover Author Suchi Kalra - Indian Chick Lit Author February 12, 2014
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"My life, on the other hand, had just done a cartwheel and kicked me in the jaw." This memorable line comes from main character, Kairavi, who wakes up in a hospital wrapped in bandages and filled with worry and regret, her best friend, Baani by her side.

This sort of outcome typically happens in fiction (and in life) when you're fed up with your boyfriend, tired of work, and your best friend just mixed you a cocktail while suggesting you should both take a road trip to a beachside resort.

About that best friend. A nice contrast exists between the main character, Kairavi, and her best friend, Baani. Kairavi describes herself as shaky; a city slicker, lost in her own trappings, while her best friend is stable; a small-town girl who'd found her way in the big city.

Best friend Baani knows when to call it quits. Kairavi? Not so much . . .

Which is a good thing, because now scandalous events can happen to our main character while the contrasting qualities found in her best friend anchor the story in a more sensible reality, in a world where good girls don't fall off balconies. Add to this scenario a disdain for all things "Ricky" and you've got yourself a set-up. Ricky is Kairavi's ex-boyfriend. If it looks like Ricky - combed back hair gelled into place - then maybe it is Ricky . . .

Which brings us to an important inciting incident in the story: Kairavi sees something that leads to an over-consumption of Vodka and pot smoking. Presto! You've got trouble.

What I loved about this story was its length and fast-moving plot. I found it to be a very satisfying read with a likeable main character that despite the shortcomings that land her in heap of trouble, she's quite adorable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy fun read February 14, 2014
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Fun, fast-paced, engaging story of this easy to connect-with main character - Kay - partying types, who's declared done-with-men after a string of disastrous relationships.. her journey into potentially finding her self in a more meaningful relationship with the doctor who's not so much her type... some of the scenes had me laughing out loud in trains..
Hard to say that this a first novella by the author. Looking forward to many more great reads from her..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spicy, saucy and sexy! May 30, 2014
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I decided to share this review on my blog as I feel Indian Chick-lit Authors need as much as eye-balls as they can get.

Some of my favourite authors are Indian. Indian Chick-lit romance has sure come a long way!

Shuchi does full justice to the genre and comes out flying high.

Done With Men is spicy yet easy to read and kept me glued till the end.

In-fact it left me wanting for more stories about Kay and her friends and maybe there is another novel for Kay's friend.

I do not need to mention anything more about Dr. Vivian D’Mello other than the fact that I too wanted to be tended by the good doctor!

All the characters were so well fleshed out that I could swap them for a couple of friends that I have.

Shuchi has done full justice to the pulsating as well as peaceful Goa. The picturesque descriptions and romantic settings are just perfect.

'I sure want never to be "Done With Men"!' by [...]

I have been reading romance along with a whole lot of other genre's for a long-long time and feel that our Indian Author's have come of age and are doing equally well as the western counter-parts.

It is so much better to have the same intensity, romance and drama but with an Indian setting.

Indian authors are leading the race by a margin. Rest of the world watch out!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars laugh out funny
Not a lot of story line but absolutely laugh out loud funny in many places. Enjoyed it! Quick and easy read.
Published 20 days ago by cynthia libby
3.0 out of 5 stars A Light Breezy Read!
Our protagonist, Kay or Kariravi, after a string of bad relationships decides she is done with men. In fact she gets drunk and gets herself tattooed " Done with Men ". Read more
Published 26 days ago by Shree Janani
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it with a smile ! The Book Club
Meet Kairavi…

A modern girl in modern India. Independent to the core. No family problems. In fact, she is the offspring of a pair of doting and loving parents. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rubina Ramesh
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining..A must read from a very promising debut author!
Kairavi or Kay is a journalist and being a fun loving girl, she plans on enjoying her life. But she has had rotten luck with men so far. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Njkinny
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Refreshing - Very Fun
I really liked it - very fun read - glad I downloaded it just before my vacation.

Good Luck Shuchi - I think this is the first of many!
Published 4 months ago by Mahira
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet not done with men!
It's an honest book, written in a spunky style and had me in chuckles all throught inspite of being a man and not at all a fan of romance books.
Published 4 months ago by Neelesh
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely and fun filled read
Dear Author, You rocked !!!

This was my first book by the author Suchi Singh Kalra and I loved it thoroughly. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Finished reading it quite a while back... back when it was free :) The book is superb!

The novel is filled with witty quotes and hilarious incidents. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Z Habib
5.0 out of 5 stars Go grab a Copy
Magnetic, witty, humourous, dramatic that describes the content of Done with Men. Loved it totally. An Awesomely well written novel.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining.
It was so well written and had such funny situations, that I had to postpone other Sunday chores, and enjoyed it with beer, under a garden umbrella!! Cheers!!
Published 4 months ago by ANIL K SINGH
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More About the Author

Shuchi Singh Kalra is a writer, editor and blogger based in India. She has been writing since 2005, and has freelanced with popular magazines such as Femina.in, Good Housekeeping, Home Review, Parent & Child, Vista, Investors India, Dogs & Pups, Women's Era and Time 'N' Style among many others. her short stories have found a place in anthologies such as Love Across Borders and New Asian Writing's upcoming collection (to be published in 2014).

Shuchi is also the owner of Pixie Dust Writing Studio, a writing and editing firm that services a global clientele, and the Indian Freelance Writers Blog. Done With Men is her first book.

Pay her a visit at www.shuchikalra.com or join her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/shuchisinghkalra).
Twitter handle: @shuchikalra

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