Come back to Leave meâ€¦ Again explores the many sides of long-distance relationship
A story of love and loss that unfurls in Dubai with curtain calls in Ahmedabad, Come back…, at first glance, is a typical urban romance with the usual boy-meets-girl moments or pretty girl-fat guy dilemmas. Although a light read that tends to tug at your tear ducts, it is a lesson for young girls about the upsides and downsides of taking the leap.
Hritisha and Siddhant meet in Dubai and hit it off after a few casual workplace meetings. What follows is all the mushy little endearing moments till the time the girl finally agrees to start a steady relationship. But distance, the real villain of many urban love stories, rears its ugly head here too. Even though, they manage to prove the belief that ‘long-distance relationships do not work’ wrong eventually, families and the ego versus self-respect wars threaten to tear them apart.
Shah uses a simple narrative techniques and does not go on philosophising for the greater part of the novel. The premise is interesting with frequent use of Hindi and Gujarati dialogues lending it an earthy touch that always appeal. However, the liberal use of B-word and C-word may cause a few readers to blush. The book cover design done by Maurvi Shah is refreshing and also gives a faint idea of what the book conceals.
It won’t be wrong to state that the book is quite a handbook about the Gujarati way of living. Being a Gujarati himself, Shah accurately pens down the dialects, the description of the households, the food and the sentiments associated with them.
If you are fond of reading Chetan Bhagat or Durjoy Datta, or you are looking for a light weekend reading, Come back…might just be the thing for you. Priced at Rs 230, the book is quickly catching up with the bestsellers of the month. Readers can get their copy from power-publishers.com, flipkart.com, amazon.com and ebay.in.