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Let the Reason be Love — by Tuhin A. Sinha

Publisher: Rupa Publications India
Price: Rs. 95 INR(Kindle Edition)
ISBN: 978–8129134748
Buy here: https://amzn.to/2XxXNRN

What makes strangers fall in love? This remains a conundrum — one that neither technological breakthroughs, nor the most passionate of lovers has managed to unravel. While some may attribute attraction to shared sensibilities or even a karmic connection, the fact remains that love comes without simple answers; it’s damn complicated!

Rishaan and Kiara, both incurable romantics, recovering from their respective heartbreaks, fall in love with one another (or so they think!). Soon, they are in a relationship; their affair is as blissful as it is chaotic. Then, in an unexpected turn of events, the bohemian Kiara proposes marriage. But Rishaan is not so sure, and things get especially problematic when Rishaan realizes that it’s Kiara’s best friend he could be falling for!

Written in Tuhin A. Sinha’s impassioned and disturbingly honest narrative-style, Let the Reason Be Love is the author’s second exclusive romantic offering after his 2006 debut bestseller, That Thing Called Love.

About the author

Author, screenwriter and columnist, Tuhin A. Sinha is acknowledged among the most prolific Indian writers.

Having authored titles like That Thing Called Love — a bestselling romance novel, The Edge of Desire — a socio-political thriller, Daddy: The Birth of a Father — India’s first parenting book from a father’s perspective, he is widely known for his knack to experiment with new genres. Let the Reason Be Love is Tuhin’s eighth book.

At present, he is a consultant with Reliance Broadcast, in charge of new programming initiatives for their TV channel, Big Magic.

My take on this book

I have previously read ‘The Edge of Desire’ book from Tuhin and it was a political thriller which was a pretty decent read. That was the main reason for me to pick this one, but the first half of the book felt very routine. In fact, the reason to continue reading initially was to see where is the story actually proceeding. Honestly, the first half and second half are much contrasting, with the actual story happening mostly towards the end of the book. The pre-climax and climax even feel much rushed with too much happening suddenly leaving reader less time to digest the happenings.

The second part and climax strongly remind two Bollywood movies, which I would refrain mentioning(not to give away the story), but such close resemblance gets boring after a point. And the number of twists towards the end are far too many and unexpected. The ending feels sudden and abrupt as the first half takes it own sweet time for story to move and suddenly its all wrapped up.

Rishaan and Kiara who are the main protagonists, lack depth as characters and most of their actions are immature and random. We fail to understand the bond between them and their reason to be in a relationship. The other character that enters in the second half is equally confused if not more. While it is a fictional story, I would still expect the characters to have some rationale for their actions.

There aren’t many characters as most are like guests who stay for hardly one sequence including Rishaan and Kiara’s mothers. The many twists that come towards the end are the only saving grace in an otherwise boring and routine storyline.

My rating