Five short stories – each with a diagnosis, prognosis and a prescription for them. That’s what Urvashi Pahwa has done with her Love Sutra: Secret to Happily Ever After, her first book. Whenever I encounter a first book, there is a thrill. Sometimes it fizzles out within a few pages, sometimes the writing is average and very very seldom does a first-time author titillate with their writing. Urvashi Pahwa falls somewhere between the latter two categories.
There are five stories, each of a different background but the theme is the same – love and its problems. First off, we have Casanova’s Lover which is the tale of a girl falling for a boy, only to get her heart shattered. Can she trust anyone else again? Can she fall in love again? The second tale is The Rich Wife, this one is about a wife whose ennui is a problem in her relationship and when she overcomes it there are other problems as well. The third story is Love Birds – to be young and in love, only this is so much of a tumultuous tale that perhaps the characters were better off as adolescents than adults. The fourth was Ms Bellingerent, a story where I had my heart going to the man and I wanted to bitch slap his wife. The final story is Mr Always Right. It was perhaps the best written of the lot, and very well done. My favourites of the lot were The Rich Wife and Mr Always Right.
As for writing, it was a good first attempt. And a good read as well. There was only one problem I had – “Yaar”. Every time I read that word it grated on my nerves, but then it was a personal issue with the word and not an issue whose blame can be placed on anyone’s door. Urvashi Pahwa has what it takes to be a good writer, and I wish her great success in her literary journey.
If you do have time over this weekend, Love Sutra will provide with some entertainment and maybe a few lessons as well.
Thanks to the author for the review copy.
You can find a copy here – Amazon.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars