This book was one I read when I was in a reading slump. Messed Up! But All for Love is a romantic thriller by Arvind Parashar and the first of a trilogy. I was wondering if the title of the book was a bit too much, but one can’t hold that against as a prejudice against any book.
Messed Up! But All for Love is a story about many people. It is not the average romance between two protagonists and how it goes wrong, or about how they make it right. There are plenty of characters and everyone has a part to play.
Neil and Gauri are married to each other, one a senior executive and the other a dentist with a practice of her own. Though they seem to be the perfect couple to all those who know them, there is trouble in paradise. And I think it can be attributed to the one common cause that plagues most relationships – communication.
There are plenty of characters who come and go, Srinya, Drishti, Somesh, Tom, Jerry, James, Mehr to name a few. These are people who can afford to take multiple vacations to exotic foreign destinations and not have much to care about. Their world is one that is delicately woven amidst myriad materialistic goals.
And what happens when all of it comes crashing down around them, or one of them in particular? That is what this book is about. A series of events leads to Neil landing up in jail for a period of time, his wife now seeks divorce and his refuge is a flat that he shares with his friends. How can he get back the life he led, and his love? Plots are hatched, only to reveal that there are unknown plots and subplots in action since before all of this started. But, eventually things get sorted out and there is a happy ending of sorts.
For all that the book promised, it was perhaps not delivered in writing. The plot was a good one, but the writing style of back and forth between past and present gave me a sense of whizzing past things at times. The book also has a lot of ‘Hinglish’ interspersed with verses from Shakespeare to H R Bachchan. I felt it was a little too much of variety perhaps in terms of quotations. If the author could have skipped over something, it should have been the love making scenes. Those could have been skipped entirely or perhaps been a bit better written. Overall, this is one book that reads like a movie. You can picture it, with its myriad characters and exotic locales and people trying to figure things out as everything falls apart. I would not be surprised if, in fact, it does go on to become a Hindi movie.
I would recommend this book to those who are interested in the romance genre. A short read, Messed Up! But All for Love could sustain you for a couple of hours with all its twists and turns and plots.