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The Dumb and the Dumbfounded

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For few, college is the temple of learning, for some it is their
ticket to romance, for others it is a place to make new friends,
creating countless memories !

What does ‘college’ mean to you?
Does it remind you of your ‘best friend?’
The friend who has been there, shared your dreams, acted as an
advisor and an agony aunt.

But what if this same ‘friend’ betrays you, tries to s
Paperback, Large Print, 232 pages
Published November 28th 2012 by ABC Publishers & Distributors
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Gaurav Sahi
Feb 16, 2013 Gaurav Sahi rated it really liked it
It is surely an un-put-downable book. Eager to know how the things change when the most precious person in your life turns against you? Grab your copies now. Read full review at
Abhilash Ruhela
Jan 16, 2013 Abhilash Ruhela rated it liked it

The fourth book of 2013 is been read. Reading is the best habit that I have and hence, I keep on promoting as much as I can so that others reading this medium can also indulge into this habit as it is been said to be the best Habit by many great men in history. :-) This time, I have read "The Dumb and the Dumbfounded" which also has the tagline "Life as we see it!". This is 231-pages novel published by ABC Publishers. This is the first time when I have picked up this publisher and I am satisfie
Ashwina Singh
Mar 31, 2013 Ashwina Singh rated it really liked it
I don't write reviews.
And honestly, when a friend initially asked me to check this book and forwarded the link, I saw it and was unimpressed. I mean, it looked like some random college love triangle. I felt dismayed at the level of Indian Authors and messaged the author about her standards of work aren't worth reading.
For a day I didn't receive a reply. I have done this to another popular 'female author' and she bashed me on her blog for saying against her. So, I was prepared to fight with this
Hitesh Mittal
Feb 06, 2013 Hitesh Mittal rated it really liked it
The Dumb and the Dumbfounded is a funny book, like a funny bollywood movie- without any insane dialogues or sex......
I loved the first half of the novel, really stuff like moon over the car, Aarav's love for night and Hrishant's unkempt hair-few things are memorable.
It seems authors have a particular liking for bathroom- the instances are mentioned time and again.......
But I think there is still a lot to be known- the book could be part of chronicles, because Dhruv's life can be explored more an
Book Lover
Feb 06, 2013 Book Lover rated it really liked it
When India only has romance or religious writer it seems, but this book is a refreshing respite.
It has romance, but comedy is the word that describes it. Most of all, you don't really have to leave your brains at home for this comedy.
At some points, the writers seem to have taken the book to a whole new level with quotes that would remain with you forever. There are a few glitches but the plot is smooth, climax is awesome.
Feb 08, 2013 Aastha rated it really liked it
Well, first of all, I give 3.5 stars on the book and that's because there are quite a lot of things that might not be true in reality.Nevertheless, the book is a good read. There are 10 pages precisely that bored me, but otherwise good. Everything gets smoothly to the climax.
The cover is beautiful, something quite different from the rest. There are few lines that will win your heart. But yes, authors need to brush up their skills on smoother storytelling. Otherwise, a good attempt.
Feb 07, 2013 Abhimanyu rated it really liked it
A good book. Quite different from the rest I have seen these days.

Good things:
Awesome narrations,
descriptions are beautiful,
characters especially Medha and Trisha are well defined.
story runs over a period of 7 years
double narrative
pacy at most points
Climax is a win win

Bad things
Dhruv's part could have been longer
Sameera's character wasn't really required.

PS- I would actually give 3.75 stars to the book, but since goodreads doesn't allow it so I give a 4
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Feb 08, 2013 Aruna Kumar Gadepalli rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-writers
I read earlier reviews about this on book rack and flipkart and picked this book, to see how two authors dealt with a subject of this sort. Interestingly I found this interesting. Though this book is easy read, Some how I took time to read. Interesting reading. Love, friendship, college life relationships breakups etc., though common, some how I felt this has different style in narrating the story.
Apr 14, 2013 VaultOfBooks rated it liked it
By Abhinav Shrivastava and Prerna Verma. Grade: B+

I believe that the books which mean the most to you are either those which make you feel a part of its story, or the ones which remind you of someone from your life who is closest to one of the characters. This time I read ‘The Dumb and The Dumbfounded’ by Abhinav Shrivastava & Prerna Verma, which not only reminded me of many of my old mates, but also narrated a story that took the tales of friendship to a new dimension.

Mr. Shrivastava and Ms
Saumil Kakkad
Feb 16, 2013 Saumil Kakkad rated it really liked it
The book is an easy read.
There is a sparkling charm and freshness.
The enthusiasm of a writer's first book is felt constant throughout.

Its the story of every youngsters cool, hip and happening life...full of uncertainties.
The book brings forth a striking reality - how in those uncertain moments, youngsters take decisions on either side of the line.
Who is really true to you and who is not...Read the book to know.

I feel the book is a wonderful beginning of a witers literary sojourn.
There are some p
Feb 10, 2013 Simran rated it really liked it
Simply loved the book mainly becoz of the ease with which each minute detail crosses ua mind.. The best part definately were the little humour every now and then.. one of my fav. incident in the novel is when Dhruv is with Trisha and he is being chased by Ishanvi n Ira both at the same time..i could actualy visualize it..n it was hilarious :) Eagerly Waiting for the sequel :) By far one of the different kinds of novel that i have read havin a judicious mixture of suspense, humour and romance and ...more
Meghant Parmar
Sep 17, 2013 Meghant Parmar rated it really liked it
A book which will fool with it's outer appearance.

It has portrayed the relationship called "friendship" with witty and freshness in the plot.

The story has quite a few points where it scores positive points.

The only downside are the few diary chapters which could have been handled better.

It's not a regular college type romance. It's serious in its approach. :)
Aakriti Jain
Feb 11, 2013 Aakriti Jain rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: indian writers, romance readers, comedy lovers

I think the best books are simple. And that is what it is. Yes, by far not a best book, but definitely good. In fact, some portions are remarkable. The story flows with an ease. Even though the stuff is what you usually get in the market- the students, work, love etc, but the story is very different, narrative heartwarming.
3. 75 for the book.
Aman Sharma
Feb 07, 2013 Aman Sharma rated it liked it
Seemed good in the beginning but started to bore me before I reached the mid of it. Still completed it some how.
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Known as the 'Wizkid' from Punjab, Prerna Varma always had a penchant for writing. While freelancing for local sections of newspapers like Indian Express, The Times of India and The Tribune, she explored wide number of genres.

A psychology student and popular public speaker, she has more than 500 articles to her credit. She has worked extensively for causes like fight against female foeticide and c
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