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Book Review: Heart Strings by Dr. Sushma Rani Sangam

Heart Strings by Dr. Sushma Rani Sangam is an intense love story, way different than today’s contemporary light-hearted romance books. The great aspect about this novel is that it takes time to identify the true strings of pure love and then ensues the fight of the protagonists Dr. Nitisha Reddy against the society.


As the novel opens up, we see the family backdrop and history of Dr. Nitisha. How her father Rukmangada worked hard to move from rags to riches and his marriage tale and how and why he moved to Hyderabad. Despite all, he and his wife gave a wonderful life and education to their only child Nitisha. By profession, she is a pediatrician, and works as a medical director in one of the biggest hospitals in Hyderabad.

As concerned in the novel, the biggest fear a woman fears is the choice of man for her marriage. The novel doesn’t delve deep as how and when Dr. Nitisha met and fell in love with Pradyumna, a guy working in the IT field. It’s given that both are in love despite the difference in their financial status. Anyway, to some extent, love is blind and seems like Nitisha believes that thing.

The novel is back staged against the hospital where she works, other than her life issues, we happen to see doctor-patient relationships. Episodes like HIV-infected man marrying a girl forcefully and then impregnating her with a child, and the case of Khushi – a child victimized for violence at home – break not only Nitisha’s heart but also shatters readers hope for some degree. Since much of Nitisha’s time spent at hospital, she is used to see cases of high and low fervent. Another aspect is her understanding and sub-audition for her juniors and colleagues. She treats them like a family and the same is reciprocated when she goes in distress and adversity.

The conflict of interests commences when Nitisha’s greedy father Rukmangada nudges her for a marriage with Keshawar’s son, a wealthy man who will surely benefit the business interest of her father. This is the time of turmoil and emotional breaking. She flatly refuses and here onwards the novel becomes stricter with its plotline and next follows a lot of drama and melancholy. Nitisha is quite upfront for Pradyumna. Keshawar tries a lot to win the favour of Nitisha but to no avail.

It’s a spectacular thing to watch a lady fighting hard for her love but in the end something else jolts her. Probably, the true colour of love. How would one feel if the lover himself joins the cheaters gang? The love story of Nitisha is a riveting one and the end of the novel is no less than a Tollywood or Bollywood movie. What outcome did she get after fighting for a lot? Will she be able to marry Pradyumna or there will be some last-minute exchanges? To know this beautiful tale of love that shuttles between greed and betrayal, you must pick it up for all the fun and pleasure. Be it anything, the storyline is tightly packed with incoherent feelings of love and family drama, the novel is going to romanticize hearts of all sorts of readers.

The narration of the novel is apt with a measured pace. The twists and loops do not cascade on readers out of nowhere; rather the author builds them to suit mood and ambience. A love story worth remembering and relishing!

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