Saturday, December 13, 2014

Against All Odds by Jazz Singh


Against All Odds
by 
Jazz Singh 





The Blurb


The first time they collide, he thinks she’s a con artist, she believes he’s an arrogant snob.


It takes several meetings to change their minds about each other, but eventually, Abhimanyu and Sanjana strike up a friendship that seems destined to turn into something more. He’s a rich successful businessman, however, and she’s a small-town girl who doesn’t fit into his glittering world; a fact that Abhimanyu’s mother has taken pains to point out.


Will they ever overcome the odds, or are their lives on parallel tracks, never destined to cross?


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Review 

She...
She is Sanjana. A simple middle class girl from Kasauli and working in Delhi. Ambitious and idealistic. Just the type of girl a guy would fall in love with ....

He...
And a guy does fall in love with her. He is Abhimanyu. A rich businessman from the elite society of Delhi. He can have anyone he wants. But he fell in love with the simple girl who had almost come under his car. For whom he felt responsible. But she refused his help. Her spunk, her bravery and her innocence made him fall in love. 

The Story..
He met her and fell in love. The story should finish here but then it will not be a love story. Why ever not - till today I don't understand. But unless a story has a villain - it is not a love story. It is just a story. God bless all the villains of a love story. In this case it is the snobbish mother of Abhimanyu. She does a fantastic job and drives them apart. 

Now again our poor over-worked Destiny Sisters have to work overtime to bring them together. But will his mother ever be able to accept the simple girl from Kasauli or will Sanjana be the cause of rift between the mom and the son? Find out in this short read of Against All Odd by Jazz Singh. 

What I Liked...
The simplicity of the narration. Jazz has a flair of story telling and it shows in the simple way the story progresses. 
Sanjana and Abhimanyu come out as a perfect pair. If Abhimanyu is headstrong and does tend to take things for granted - then Sanjana has the temperament to hold on her own against him. 
The secondary characters all came out well and created the perfect social atmosphere needed in the story.
The Kasauli chapters were very heart touching. A peek inside a simple household where people are bound together by love. 
The editing of this novel makes it a wonderful read. 

Rating
Reasoning 
The predictability - The part the 'Ring' plays in this story has been told many a times. It is not innovative or nothing new. All hindi movie fans must have seen this story, specially the Vinod Mehra fans, With Jazz Singh's power of story telling I, as a reader did expect more. 
The assumptions - There are some preconceived notions in this story. To quote one line, 'All Indian men were mama’s boys." Nah! 



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Dear Readers,



Jazz Singh is one of the most elusive writers I have met. So respecting her need for privacy we have not asked her for a profile picture or a writeup. Long back, when I had first interacted with her.. I had asked her the reason behind this. Her answer was... I want to be known for my work. All I can say to that is... She will be...



Regards,



Rubina Ramesh 

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3 comments:

  1. Like your review Rubina Ramesh; and your reasoning. I loved Jazz Singh's book too :)

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Sundari :) How did you like the MIL? :P

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