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Book Review: I Too Had a Love Story by Ravinder Singh

Some books are too simple but yet become bestsellers. They aren’t full of surprises or climaxes, but full of honesty. It has been noted that in India trendsetter books easily become bestsellers. For example, IIT Five Points by Chetan Bhagat – the book talked about IIT and it became a bestseller. Here, today we have Ravinder Singh’s book, I Too Had a Love Story. This book was an instant success and even today tops the chart when it comes to best sellers. Why and how. Simple, the book was based on a simple love story that most of us, at least from India, can relate comfortably, secondly the book introduces love through a matrimonial site (possibly through shaadi.com). This was something new to the Indian readers, way back in 2008.


Also, its tragic end made it little heavy for romance readers. Though the book is a work of fiction, but the author asserts that most of the events spiraled in this book comes from his own love story. No matter what, people enjoyed reading it, especially young readers with this book felt as their own love story is going live before their eyes in a way of imagination. Some even cried when the fate took its toll on the characters of the book.

Coming to the core story, it is a love story between two young people: Ravin and Khushi. They virtually meet through a matrimonial site and begin liking a lot in one another. They decide to get married. The beautiful thing about them is that they haven’t met yet – they chat online, talk on phone, also exchanged their snaps, but face-to-face is pending. Because Ravin works and lives in Bhubneshwar, and Khushi in Noida, Delhi NCR. Things go ahead, they, their families agree on them. But just before the engagement, Khushi has been hospitalized owing a deadly road accident, and after some days she passes away.

The story ends here but the pain sticks with the narrator and readers for long time. Many people cried after reading this book, and thousands of readers wished and wrote to author to see the image of Khushi. The book gained positive reviews from critics for being honestly narrated and the narration was done in a simple and lucid way. There was no fluffiness in this book. This was a debut book of Ravinder, and an instant super hit. This might mitigate some of his pain which he endured when he lost that lady in his life, if the story stems from his personal experiences. Readers actually sympathized with him. It rather is a rare achievement.

Many readers still question, Is I too Had a Love Story a true story? Probably, yes, but not sure. It is always easy to fictionalize any true story.

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