Author: Preeti Shenoy
Publisher: Srishti Publications
Do you think love as an emotion can power you as a person?
When Love Came Calling by Preeti Shenoy is the story of Puja and Arush, two young people who had nothing in common meet in a place where no distractions like social media are there, they start falling for each other and as time goes, fall madly in love with each other. When things take a turn, Puja and Arush face a sudden crisis, their love is put to a test. Puja sees the harsh reality of life, while Arush reanalyzes his image of India. The book explores their lives, love and journeys that can change you in ways more than one.
The author has also picked up something that is extremely close to my heart personally, and I cannot complete this without mentioning the emails that our protagonists exchange, something that I love doing and I am glad that I am not the only person who thinks that writing emails is quite romantic and amazing!
Coming to our stars, Puja and Arush are diametrically opposite characters, and that is what attracted me towards the story. they are extremely relatable teenagers who are fussy, messy and yet organized. The character arc of Puja was the best one as through the timeline of the story, we see how she grows and even overpowers her fears. I loved the fact that she took a leap of faith when all she could see was darkness and this was a moment that shone in the book. Arush’s character was a brilliantly sketched one and added the right amount of spice to this sweet story to make it perfect and I could actually read out his parts in the British accent. One character without which the story might not have been this magical is Shanti Chechi and I am extremely happy the way she did what she did and without even flinching. That one scene was just perfect.
A special mention to the amazing sketches in the book that made the story come alive. A very minute detail that came to my attention was the artwork above each chapter which was quite significant with the mirror images of the flight path above Arush & Puja’s chapters, and the stethoscope above Chaitra’s.
The book gets a 4.93/5 from me.
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