After some back to back thrillers in July I am in mood for
some light reads now. Sometimes you got to mix up – like your drinks!! So I
chanced upon this Love is Vodka at
Blogadda and got selected even. It’s a decently thin book which you can finish
up fast – such great news when you want to read up so much. So let’s see how
was our Vodka?
Mon-ami a.k.a. Moon is the carefree wild 19 something
teenager. Raised by a single mother – who happens to be the all powerful big
shot of the journalism world – in Delhi.
Moon likes to do
regular teenage stuffs - FB-ing, boys, partying, clubbing, dating et al. Being
the love child she doesn’t have a dad at home but has connections with her
French father through Skype & FB. She ends up joining an ad agency for an
internship during her holidays.
Being the confused pretty teenager she is, she gets attracted
to the opposite sex very often at her new work place. Faced with the questions
of life (teenager’s life) she is confused about whether her current boyfriend
is good for her or the other guy at work? Or is it the older President of the
After some affairs, sad and ‘okayish’ ones, she falls for the
much aged president of the ad agency who also happens to be her mom’s supposed
boyfriend! She moves in with the about to be divorced man after a fight with
the mother. He opens the road of stardom for her when Moon is offered an assignment as model for an international corporate. And with that starts the
string of steamy sessions between them (in all sorts of places)!
After a set back from this affair she joins the
anti-corruption youth campaign and meets the effervescent leader – Gautam. Will
she be able to figure out what love is? Will she find her true love?
A very regular story of an urban teenager – rather a spoilt
teenager. So nothing much to tell about
the story. Let’s get into the characters and the writing style.
Moon – she is confused, wild and wants to
live life to the fullest – good enough. However, I felt there is a thin line between
being wild and being ‘slut-like’ and it gets overlapped at many places. She doesn’t
bother much about rubbing her mom in the wrong way or dropping her mom’s name
at almost any place to get her work done or even sleeping with her mom’s
boyfriend. She finds it also satisfying to be competing with her mom for the
same guy and getting him at the end of the day.
Payal Mallik – Being a single mother is tough and
managing a teenage daughter with a high profile job is tougher. She pampers her
daughter and tries to be strict with her at the same time. But she doesn’t manage
to be strict enough to stop her daughter from leaving the house several times.
Really is that how mothers are? Can they actually sleep peacefully and not talk
to the daughter when she know that she is sleeping with a much aged man? Don’t
The Agency President – Suave and high on style quotient – he comes across as a guide to the young intern and spoils (rather lures) her with
expensive gifts. After the fling one fine day he realizes they need to move on
and everything would be okay.
At some point of time I myself was confused what does this
girl Moon wants in life? It’s erratic. The first half of the book is good enough
when you are introduced to Moon’s life, her best friend – logic, and everything
around getting all the attention and all. Her fling with the president is also
okay. But do I really want to read about a girl who wants to move onto one guy
after the other and start thinking about the third guy already?
Writing style is simple and easy going.
However, spelling errors and proof reading glitches are major
turn offs for me while reading. I hope they get them checked soon before
publishing any more batches.
Amit Shankar, himself is in the advertising industry and is a
copywriter by profession. Having closely worked with the Ad world myself, I can
understand his writing style or even the fling prone attitude of his
characters. He has previously published few more titles – Chapter 11 & Flight
of the Hilsa. You can check about him here.
Publisher – Vitasta Publishing
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