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Book Review: The Secret Wish List by Preeti Shenoy

So, what’s the problem with new, modern, trendy Indian writers?  A few surveys suggest that they write stories that are known to their readers’, hence loose grip over a good readership.

The theme and the stuff of the book are truly warts and all. A married woman is unhappy because the past she lived was jam-packed with betrayals; moreover her current husband is all but incompatible in a more than one sense. Evidently, her life is on a tossing path, she needs her past back at any cost to sort out the tales of incomplete or midway left desires. Hence, the present is reproaching her and there is an overwhelming urge to go back to that life which seems now unapproachable.

The Secret Wishlist by Preeti Shenoy is another ordinary story, compromising the above mentioned stuff. The cover page is catchy enough to make readers fool. So, judging a book by its cover is totally inapt for this book. No description of nature, cultural settings – as a journalism technique the writer has given shallow coverage to episodes occurring eventually.

Fiction writing isn't so predictable the way Preeti has attempted, if fictions are to be predictable then the charm of reading fictional stories should hold no value and influence over readers’ interest.

In this book, the girl (with reference to her past life) gets married at the age of 19. Then, to put it more mature way, at the age of 34 the character, Diksha, is mature again to resume her destiny.

The book is contemporary in theme, but discourages readers as it has negative plot and may leave a creepy morality on its readers. The story is good but not classic. So, it is an average read.  Read it for fun, or relate it with any Bollywood movie.


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