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Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake

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What if life threw you a magnificent opportunity, only to knock you down later and laugh at you? Would you fight back or let it pass?

Nisha’s life is far from perfect. At twenty-six, she is plump, plain-looking, and without a boyfriend. A chance date and a bizarre twist of events lead her to the altar with suave Samir Sharma, o
Paperback, 280 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Random House India
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Jun 08, 2012 Nidhi rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
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Sreesha Divakaran
Jul 02, 2013 Sreesha Divakaran rated it did not like it
Not good! Not good! Not good! How this got voted as a bestseller is beyond me.

The story: All there on the back cover. Nothing more, nothing less. The front cover was kinda pretty, though
The characters: Seem terribly superficial and shallow. In fact, all descriptions of the characters seem to be about appearances and nothing else. The main female character is quite down in the dumps cos of her weight issues, but she flashes a bit of cleavage in the beginning, and seems to win the heart of the gu
Shyam Sundar
Jan 01, 2014 Shyam Sundar rated it really liked it
Shelves: preethi-shenoy
here’s another cheezy - breezy read from the talented author. Tea for two and a piece of cake takes us through the journey of Nisha, from her falling in love and getting married to her ultimate stance as a strong, independent woman.

A plump, ordinary girl gets the attention and interest of a handsome rich business tycoon who is so loving, considerate and perfect. They have a fairytale wedding, perfect dream home and romance. They have two lovely kids.And one fine day, the perfect husband calls h
Feb 28, 2014 Avanthika rated it really liked it
This book portrays matured love between Nisha & Akash, the love that's beyond lust, the love that seeks only the inner soul & respect. Kudos Preeti. \m/

Nisha, the lady-lead, plumpy young solitary girl with no-boyfrnd(s) and no-dating histories faces a magnificent change in her life with that one invitation given by her boss at the place she works. Naive Nisha meets Samir Sharma, one pointable personality in the field that she's in (Tourism and Hospitality management) and dates him for hi
Dec 22, 2012 Jayasmita rated it did not like it
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Pooja Jeevagan
Jan 25, 2013 Pooja Jeevagan rated it liked it
It's not really a three...I was juggling between a two and three, and then I was reminded that she is an Indian author...and hence, she deserves a three...

I liked her earlier novel 'Life is what you make it' way better...this one is just a plain Jane novel going around...probably an Indian version of Mills and Boons...just that unlike M&B, the lady doesn't get a happily ever after again with her husband...but well, she gets a happily ever after (in a rather unconventional way by Indian stand
Elizabeth Joseph
Wow!!! I can't recall another book that I finished within a day...Though the book start with a M & B touch, Preeti Shenoy did get me hooked on this story...It was a story about Nisha and the way she survived her broken marriage.

The first half of the book was almost an Indian version of a Mills & Boons story, but the story picked up some character in the second half. The writing is pretty good and there is an easy flow in the writing which is rare in Indian writing :)

I liked the way she w
Shruti Kapoor
May 17, 2012 Shruti Kapoor rated it it was ok
An average book that looks like a real life incident. I picked this because i follow Preeti's blog but cant rave that it was superb :(
Nov 17, 2016 Sweety rated it did not like it
Why is there no 'chic lit' warning sign to flag away unsuspecting readers?
Flipping through the first half introduced me to a dozen ditzy characters headed by a protagonist who 'feels desirable' only when her self-loathing, self-bodyshaming, inferiority complex ridden, plump self is shoved inside a slutty dress, who indulges in drunken sex (the worst kind , IMHO, since it shrugs off the onus of 'choice') - and she does it with 'a man way beyond her dreams' who leaves her 'feeling complete for th
Namitha Varma
A very breezy read. A no-brainer, so as to say – we need just flow emotionally with the story. My main problem with the book was the amount of ‘Indianised’ language that I encountered, and as a sub-editor myself, I think the editor of the book has done a shoddy job, not alerting the writer to the potential pitfalls of the syntax being used.
As a woman, I could completely relate to the book and its situations – my mother was a single parent too, and I know how difficult it would be to manage two
Jaasindah Mir
Mar 31, 2012 Jaasindah Mir rated it liked it
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Tea for Two and a Piece Of Cake
Preeti Shenoy
Grade B+
The book Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake, with its unusually beautiful name, is a story about finding love unexpectedly, losing it unpredictably and learning to love again miraculously.
What if life threw you a magnificent opportunity, only to knock you down and later laugh at you? Would you fight back or let it pass?
Nisha’s life is far from perfect. At twenty-six, she is plump, plain-looking and without a boyfriend. A chance date and a bizarre
Oct 02, 2013 Kirti rated it it was ok
Protagonists: Nisha, the plump-plain-Jane in her own words; Samir, the sauvé high-flying business executive; Akash, the ever-so sweet younger guy.
Sometimes never judge a book by its cover doesn’t really work and Preeti Shenoy’s book Tea for two and piece of cake falls under that category. The story revolves around Nisha, an ordinary nobody who has a chance encounter with a tall handsome rich man at a party that changes the course of her life. What starts as a whorl-wind romance results in a bitt
Sundeep Supertramp
Jul 09, 2012 Sundeep Supertramp rated it really liked it
Preeti Shenoy is, officially, the first author I ever read and I was swept off my feet. Her second novel, Life is what you make it, was really a read, which I will never forget in my life. In fact, that book is the reason now I am addicted to reading...

This piece of work is a masterpiece. It is so well written. Every page hooks you to it. It could be a one-go, if you a good reader, unlike me. I enjoyed each every page of the story. It takes, for you, to only read the prologue to get you hooked.
Vaidehi Sharma
Jul 17, 2015 Vaidehi Sharma rated it it was amazing
'Tea for two and a piece of cake' by Preeti Shenoy Ma'am. No need to mention it is another story of a brave female character named Nisha who walks out of her husband's house after a seperation, with her two kids! The story is a small outlook of how her life changes with the introduction of few more characters. Story is soul stirring and it filled me with hope, as it made me believe that things fall in place even after the worst disasters.
I think I have read this book really late as I expect byn
Privy Trifles
Mar 31, 2012 Privy Trifles rated it really liked it
"At the end of it all, only love wins......." These words ring in my mind long after I have finished reading author Preeti Shenoy's third book " Tea for two and a piece of cake" published by Random House India.

This book comes across as a rare love story, very much relevant in today's times. With the success of her last two books, the expectations were very high this time. Preeti had a huge responsibility on her shoulders and she does not disappoint us. You may be tempted to ask 'How do you outp
Jul 25, 2013 Udits11 rated it did not like it
Booring. Booring. Booring.

I could go on, but I think you get the point. This book has nothing new to offer- stale dialogues, predictable situations and shallow characters. It tries to push the envelope in some ways, but the general impressions is very trite and contrived. I think Preeti Shenoy was just trying too hard, and that's evident in the end product.

Skip, but only read on a plane (that too one which doesn't offer movies)if you must.
Sep 03, 2016 Jignasha rated it it was ok
What could have been a compelling plot is handled in a callous manner, with superficial characters and below average prose. Can easily be given a miss. Or, if you read it with zero expectations, on a day you don't have anything else to read, you might just like it. I skimmed through it for the most part, having finished it in less than an hour.
Sreeramprasath R K
Oct 12, 2015 Sreeramprasath R K rated it liked it
As usual Preeti Shenoy nailed it. Life is not what you expect. It won't be perfect as you planned nor the worst scenario you would not be expecting. What ever happens, it just a speed break on a highway. The way you handle it matters, you can bump onto it without brakes or slow down steady your vehicle and drive.
Just my review in a different way without exposing the story.
Ashwinn Muttharasappaan
Not bad, yet liked the emotional part. A tad bit more than the usual love life. my first shenoy's book. looking forward to other contributions
Shrinidhi Venkat
Jul 30, 2015 Shrinidhi Venkat rated it it was amazing
Who said marriage is the only reason for long lasting relationships ? It is the love behind ! :)
Nov 29, 2016 Jayeshrama rated it it was amazing
I am really interest about the stories too know your books and read more values and passionate reading articles on these topics I will be very interested about Indian view and being pure Indian leave on USA continental of Florida States, Lake City. My name in full is JAYESH RAMA and Emai ok need too know religion way deeply with great abbreviate way as a author or writer ok will u be my Indian origin but family and my wish too become relation in lots of way as above and be a re ...more
Angela Peixoto
Jan 16, 2017 Angela Peixoto rated it really liked it
This was the 1st book I read by Preeti Shenoy and I very much enjoyed both the plot and the description of different places visited by Nisha. And besides the admiration I had for Nisha I also loved both Mrs. B and Akash. A very interesting book that no doubt will please every reader that enjoys a good romance combined with nice descriptions of different places.
Feb 02, 2017 Niharika rated it really liked it
nice story
Soumyabrata Gupta
May 20, 2013 Soumyabrata Gupta rated it really liked it
Of the sweet and sour in life

Soumyabrata Gupta

There is a wonderful resonance to the title, Tea for two and a piece of cake. Preeti Shenoy’s latest offering, after Life is What you make it and 34 Bubblegums and Candies, looks at the attempt of rebuilding a life which has suffered the pangs of separation. Life is a wonderful amalgamation of bliss and the occasional turbulence which makes it even more interesting in retrospect. Shenoy’s book, attempts to recreate the trials and tribulations that ev
Sakshi Uniyal
Jan 03, 2017 Sakshi Uniyal rated it it was ok
Very clichéd, and not engaging at all.
Pallavi Ivashkov
Quoting from the back cover of the book: “…a bizarre twist of events lead her to the altar with suave Samir Sharma, only to be abandoned eight years later.As she struggles to stand on her own feet, Akash, a younger guy, enters her life…” These two sentences literally sums up the entire book. The author spoils the plot for you even before you can make a prediction. The moment a new character is introduced, the author makes this bad decision of including parentheses and mention what role that char ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Divya rated it it was ok
Story is abt Nisha and her life ups and downs , She is working in a Point to Point Tourism company when at one party she meets Samir , and from then ownwards from "Plump -Nisha" she changes to "awesome- Nisha" and her life becomes perfect, with romantic getaways and other stuff . She will join Samir company as her assistant and then during the work travel , they get close and ends up marrying him .

After 8 yrs , the same couple who were so much in love are now fighting with each other and on one
May 27, 2013 Anoop rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed
The expectations were pretty high from Preeti Shenoy's forthcoming novel after "Life is what You make it" which indeed has a very nouveau storyline. I should say I was at least disappointed if not let down after reading ""Tea for two and a piece of cake".

For the ones who have already read "Life is what You make it", the story of "Tea for two and a piece of cake" feels cliched. The former talks of second chances in life whereas the latter talks about second chances in love. The narration of latt
Mar 13, 2014 Karishma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel bad giving this book a poor rating, because as Indians, English is not our first language. However, there are some remarkable writers in the Indian diaspora, so that isn't a justification. Personally, Preeti Shenoy is a good storyteller, but she needs a solid editor who cracks a whip.

Nisha is a plain Jane, slightly plump, relatively friendless, possibly intelligent (although this is not conveyed or confirmed in the book), and lacking in self-confidence. This is explained to the reader ad
Gowri Kishore
Jan 25, 2015 Gowri Kishore rated it it was ok
I stumbled across Preeti Shenoy's blog and liked the way she writes. A bit of online research told me that she is a Big Deal. She's a best-selling author and on the list of most influential women in India.

That's why I picked up 'Tea for two' - to understand what made her works so exciting.

And I must say I was deeply disappointed.
The book is not bad - but it is really ordinary. I read it about ten days ago, and have already forgotten the name of the protagonist! I do remember that some parts of
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