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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa Co. (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129115239
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129115232
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,311,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Varsha Dixit's Only Wheat not White and the “aura” of her being 3 times Bestseller writer of Rupa Publications raised my expectations a lot for Right Fit Wrong Shoes. Before I go further let me point out clearly a few oddities [or should I say the norm nowadays] this novel has-

The Bollywood setting where you can almost see a Raj and Simran dancing around the trees. Her usage of dialogues “Abe palat” added to the ambiance. If you read the blurb of the story, words like “BFF” and “millennium bhehenji” stare at your face. So please, first read the blurb before picking up this for the author has not hidden the fact that this is how her style or tone will be in this particular novel. A total contrast to Only Wheat Not White, if I may add.
The story line is nothing new yet when told every time you have that lump in your throat and think back to those days when you met your Mr. Right. That cute college type romance which every “mother of a daughter hate kind” yet have one tucked in their secret cupboard.

It had all the ingredients of a shadowy villain, a sexy hero, a fiery damsel that will make those butterflies flutter in your stomach. So when Nandini walks up to Aditya and tells him “it’s over”, the romance quotient just heightens up.

Desi Style Verbal Mannerisms
When in Rome be a Roman. Ms. Dixit took this cliché very seriously. Hindi words have been sprinkled liberally all over the story. I almost felt the author was having a damn good time using them. A hint of laughter, a touch of passion and loads of oomph factors. But only for those who are well versed with Hindi. I don't grudge Ms. Dixit her liberal use of the colloquial language for in my everyday life I too think in “Hinglish”.

I am curious.
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2.5 out of 5

The storyline was promising, but it didn't really deliver. A major problem was the flow of the narrative, which was often disrupted. The reasons for that were many. Starting with POV, shifting too often, sometimes for a single paragraph. Then, the narrator's voice right in the middle of a character reflection. Too long flashbacks, presented with insignificant details. Many Hindi words and sentences, which for some reason were not included at the glossary at the end (but even if they were in the glossary, the frequency of those hindered the flow). Also bad punctuation.
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Disclaimer: I received a paperback from the author via The Book Club in return for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for the same.

The story is set in Kanpur and begins with Nandini working as head of design in a private firm along with her BFF Sneha. Both are hardworking women. While Sneha is married with a little son, Nandini is unmarried and lives with her parents.

Into the scene enters Aditya, who takes over the company. He makes a few changes keeping back all the staff. At this point, the reader gets to know that Aditya and Nandini go back a long way and something’s irritated the hell out of Aditya. He’s out to take revenge, big time.

Spoiler warning from here on... read at your own risk.

In the beginning, I didn’t much like Aditya as I felt he was going overboard mistreating Nandini. As the story unfolds, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the hero. He’s oh-so-perfect. I also enjoyed the way the relationship between the protagonists developed in the past. This is shown in flashbacks and well dealt with.

The dialogues are racy and interesting. All the side characters, Aditya’s parents, his brother, sister-in-law, Nandini’s parents, her BFF and a host of others working in the office – all have perfect roles and fit in well with the story. The author has used the right kind of masala in creating the tension between characters and the story flows smoothly from beginning till end.

One thing that I felt disappointed was the way the split between the protagonists has been explained away towards the end. I wish, I so wish, the author had shown the actual flashback scene when they parted company. I had been waiting with bated breath for that scene and was extremely disappointed when it didn’t happen.
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Right fit wrong shoe is the typical Bollywood styled tale of a man and women who have a love hate relationship. Our protagonist Nandini is the smart woman who works for an Ad agency which is taken over by her arch “enemy” Aditya. The man much to his reputation makes it his life mission to make her miserable. What could possibly be the explanation for his erratic behavior? Obvious isn’t it. Nandini and Aditya have an history – one from which either of them have moved on emotionally. What follows is the story of their past and how it ends up impacting their present.

The story as such was good. I was hooked and wanted to know what exactly happened between Nandini and Aditya. I also wanted to know what the future had in store for them. That was purely the story and the writer’s imagination at work. However, the language and the swap between past and present left me a bit disoriented. To me, all the characters seemed a bit too hyper and emoted more than what was required. The characterization as such was typical of such a book and the writer did do a good job of bringing out various shades of the characters barring their emotions.

The constant injection of Hindi words just marred the charm that the story actually had. I do understand that the writer probably felt compelled to put in all those words as the story was set in Kanpur but in my opinion that wasn’t really attractive and didn’t deliver what was intended by her. The book could have used a bit more of sharper edits and careful proof reads which would be actually supported the really good story that the writer had.

MY SAY: An interesting story
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