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Book Review: Dance with Me by Carl David Blake

Dance with Me by Carl David Blake is a riveting novel with its strong storyline. Interspersed between two generations, it’s a testament to the law of Karma and veracity of love. Mostly set in Mumbai, the novel takes a dive in the cross-cultural and interfaith marriages in India. In early 1990s Sandeep is shot in Kashmir. He is brought to Bombay for treatment. In the hospital a young nurse named Amrita falls for him. But before the couple could decide on anything, they are divided and separated by some secret people.

In the next narrative, we meet Priya and Victor. They work in an IT company. They are lovers, and fond of dance. Like Amrita and Sandeep, they also have dance common between them. It binds them. As readers already delved deep in the book, they will begin searching for Amrita and Sandeep. Don’t worry they make comeback in the end. But before that the storyline is delightfully enthralling and difference between Priya and Victor sets stage for action and drama. Victor is a foreigner settled in India, and Priya a totally grounded Indian woman. Drama and conflicts unfurl as their relationship steers towards marriage.

But little did they know that Amrita and Sandeep’s past life will intercept them now. How – that’s quite an interesting back story. The novel has romantic skeins, firstly it is set in Mumbai, the Bollywood city, and secondly the author has kept affinity for dance in the backdrop like banter. Clubbing up everything, the novel turns out to be a superb blending of Carl’s master storytelling and penmanship.

In more than one ways, the story is as brilliant as any Bollywood movie. It can be made into a great movie, for sure. Carl’s ability to paint Indian society with its peculiar trademarks is praiseworthy. He kept the story infused with optimum pace, depth, and genuine pragmatism.

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