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Today, I am posting a review on Nikita Deshpande’s debut book, “It Must Have Been Something He Wrote”.
When obsessive book-lover (ahem, book snob) Amruta – Ruta – Adarkar arrives in Delhi to work as a marketing executive for Parker-Hailey’s Publishing, she learns that the world of books is not as cozy as she’d imagined. Her eccentric taskmaster of a boss expects marketing miracles to happen on shoestring budgets and in record time and surviving the job (and the city) means she’ll have to master the local art of “jugaad” really fast. Worst of all, she’s stuck being a publicist for Jishnu Guha, protein-shake lover, serial selfie-taker and bestselling author of seven cheesy romance novels, the kind she wouldn’t be caught dead reading. As Ruta struggles between work and life in a new city, she finds, much to her annoyance, that she needs Jishnu’s help more than she cares to admit. But with her own parents getting a divorce, can Ruta dare to fall in love, especially with someone who’s so impossibly different?
The book, is basically, a story of a girl, working in a established publishing house, who is from another city, trying to adjust in the Indian capital, Delhi. She has her life made hell by her boss, Mukhtar Hassan (name of the boss in the book), who has hopes from Ruta of grasping the Indian art of bargaining, Jugaad, and also, marketing miracles to happen on shoestring budgets. She hates cheesy romance novels, and will prefer death as compared to reading those romantic novels. Worst of all, she’s stuck being a publicist for Jishnu Guha, a protein-shake lover, serial selfie-taker and bestselling author of seven cheesy romance novels, those novels she hates to death.
The book explores the journey of the girl – how she handles the pressure of being in a established publishing house, the adjustment to Delhi’s environment & Jishnu’s role in her life. The book has many characters in supporting roles too, and Nikita Ma’am has beautifully shown how hard it is to survive in Delhi.
My Review –
The book is a fresh breeze in the world of Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta & Chetan Bhagat. And also, it is a altogether different book from the regular romance novels. Written in a comedy – cum – serious manner (according to me), the book presents the real image of the publishing houses; how difficult it is for an outsider to live in Delhi; Ruta’s relationship with Jishnu, Jyo, Bunty and her aunt, Sona.
When I began reading it, I knew that I’m gonna get entertained by this book as it was not that slow-paced & a tad boring like normal romance novels. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book, and especially Jishnu’s child-like nature.
Ruta’s shown to be an independent woman, who loves to enjoy her life without restrictions. This book’s Ruta can be compared to Riya from Chetan Bhagat’s Half Girlfriend – both want to enjoy their lives independently, both like music.
Now, the other people – Jyo, Ruta’s colleague at the Parker – Hailey’s, is too awesome, in some places, she is shown to be more free than Ruta. She enjoys Ruta’s company & loves her dearly. She is a total fashionista – but Ruta has a view that she sometimes overdoes fashion.
Bunty, who’s best friend of Jishnu, is a pure Punjabi by heart, and is a total alcoholic. He loves Jishnu dearly, and can do anything for him. He loves flirting with girls (Jishnu and Ruta hate this habit of him), loves his parents & Jyo, with whom he develops an relationship.
Sona, Ruta’s aunt, is a mid – 40 woman, who’s enjoying her independence after divorce from her husband. She advises Ruta on on many issues Ruta faces & Ruta is seen to follow almost all of the advises she gives. She loves cooking, and is seen to make new dishes for Ruta everyday.
Mark, Sona’s partner/boyfriend, doesn’t have that much importance in the book but he is essential from Ruta’s perspecive as he is the one, who asks Ruta to live her life peacefully & also, to love Jishnu back. Mark also succeeds in getting Ruta ready to visit her home in Pune for her cousin’s wedding.
A fresh & new take on romance novels, this book is a beauty written by Nikita ma’am. ❤
You will enjoy this sweet, comedy romance story, and will specially love Ruta & Jish.❤
The storyline, dialogue delivery, character portrayal are excellent. ❤
Overall, the book is a perfect read for the reader. You will enjoy this fresh, sweet book!❤
Title : It Must have Been Something He Wrote
Author : Nikita Deshpande
Publisher : Hachette India
Rating : 10/10❤