#176 : Book Review : Destined by Rubina Ramesh

As the world around me rang in the New year with fireworks and celebrations, I curled up inside the comfortable quilt in my tiny hotel room’s bed with this very book and a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea. 4 hours into the dawn, I was done with the book. What a way to begin the new year!


Esha Mehra, the protagonist, is a young woman with dreams and aspirations of marrying the man she loves and progressing in her career just like her peers. Her dreams are shattered when her family is struck by tragedy yet again. Her father is diagnosed with cancer. Esha is forced to choose between her father and love.

The story progressed in a break neck speed right from the start. No halt, no pause and no beating around the bush with eloquent waxing. Not that I had a problem with the pacing, just that one part of me wished that the writer should have taken it a bit more slower. For example, the break up phase was way too quick for my taste. It would have been a bit more realistic if Esha were to mop about it for a while. After all she was breaking up with her friend turned boyfriend. People don’t get over that quickly. I also felt that the writer has handled one issue women face – the choice between parents and their love life – with kid gloves. Esha didn’t really eloquently wax about that part of her feeling for me. Yet again, it’s just my way to seeing things!

The best thing about the book is the writing. Hard hitting phrases – That seems to be the writers style. Especially the following lines,

“So?” she glared at him. “I shouldn’t feel hungry? I knew what you call my ‘responsibilities’ at a very young age, Rohan. The time you were flying kites. So freaking don’t lecture me about responsibilities. I took my mom for chemo when I was eleven years old. I watched her wither in pain night after night, while doing my homework and getting ready for school. And do you know what happened when my mom died?”

“What?” Rohan whispered. He felt it in his bones that here lay all her pain.

“I felt relieved, Rohan. I fucking felt relieved.”

Silence. Rohan just stood there stumped. Not moving at all.

Those are the kind of words and phrases which hit you squarely on your head when you are least expecting it! Evidently, the writing and editing is crisp. The characterization is near good. Brownie point for the stunning cover (Incidentally designed by a fellow bookworm Flyorie BL)  In short, the book was a thoroughly enjoyable read. It was worth every minute I spent lying awake smack in the middle of the night instead of sleeping or partying  on the New Year night! (Okay, didn’t have company, I would have just slept!)

Note : Thanks to The Book Club and the writer for the review copy.


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