Price: Rs. 185
In the name of Luuv by Chandra Mehendrou is a collection of five short stories all of them sharing a common theme: soul mates.
The five stories in the book are:
Story 1- Thoughts of Maya
This story narrated in a dialogue between the author and an old man who she meets at a 24/7 convenience store. The man, Kabir Uncle talks of his first love Maya and how he let her go. It is a sweet story with an allegory at the end which make the readers introspect.
Story 2-True Love at First Click
This is a real story of Maria, who made a wish for a soul mate and her wish came true. It mirrors the typical sentiment that one cannot find love on the internet.
Story 3- Together Forever
It follows the story of Suzanne and how she copes with the loss of her boyfriend. It seems like the Indianized version of one of the Nicholas Sparks’ themes and is my personal favourite in the entire collection.
Story 4- Tale of Love and Deceit
This is typical Indian fable about a wealthy King who pushed his Queen away emotionally because he cared more about material things like luxury and pleasure. It seems like one of the stories that we all have heard as kids.
Story 5- Till I can Create Love,
Siddhi gives up everything to marry Nihal but their marriage is hardly a happy one. She is faced with trials and tribulations and has to learn how to stand up for herself and only then does she get her happy ending. Narrated in first person, the story effectively catches the reality in marriages and manages to warm the heart.
Overall, the five stories tried to capture different aspects of love and soul mates. The language was plain but manages to express effectively. A little poetry has been added here and there which is rather passable. The poem in the second story “True Love at first click” was a rant while the one in the second part of the fourth story, “The Tale of Love and Deceit” was rather sweet.
While the book is optimistic and provide food for thought, it misses the mark somehow as some parts seem superficial. Overall, it is a passable read which you could read to pass time.