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Vivek and I. Mayur Patel by Mayur Patel
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Feb 04, 12

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Read from December 20 to 30, 2011

Kaushik, a teacher by profession takes up a job in a local school of a sleepy town called Valai in Gujarat. Trying to come to terms with a broken heart, he feels that there could no place better than this small town to nurse himself to normalcy. What he had not bargained for were nosey people,
small town gossip, a colleague falling for him & last but not the least falling in love again. Falling in love again and that too with his own student, Vivek, Kaushik faces a dilemma. He is not sure how Vivek, who in all probability is straight, take his confession in case he decides to make one. He is scared that in the process he might lose on the lovely friendship that has developed between them. He has become a mentor, a role model & a support system for Vivek and he cannot fathom to lose to that trust. To add to his woes the thoughts of Krishna (his ex) do not leave him. While he is struggling with the demons from his past & present, a colleague, a female teacher falls in love with
Kaushik and is not ready to accept his rejection. He loves her friendship but cannot come out in open because he feels that Valai is too small a town to accept the fact that he is gay. What will Kaushik do?
Will he confess his love to Vivek & risk his friendship?
Or will better instincts prevail and he would let it be?
If yes then can he bear the budding romance Vivek feels towards a classmate of his?
Or will jealousy override his emotions?
Will he ever let go of what happened between him & Krishna? Read the book to know more. My Verdict I have read a book on lesbian relationship (Manju Kapur’s A Married Woman) but this is a first Gay romance that I have read and to be honest I took some time to get adjusted to the whole premises of a guy lusting for a guy. No, I have nothing against a gay or lesbian relationship. I have been an advocate of each to its own but reading about it is a little more than just talking about an issue. Initial hiccups aside the book becomes a worthy read and handles a sensitive issue with a maturity which is commendable. I am sure somebody who feels the way the protagonist feel will relate to the book. The writing is lucid and the way the book moves from present to past to reach to a conclusion is very good. There is no urgency to conclude the book and it works in its favour. Recently I have read so many books which are in such a tearing hurry that no time is spent on characterisation and that is why the change is a welcome relief. You start feeling for the characters and their happiness & sorrow begin to matter to you. The other thing that I loved was the setting of the book, the way the author has described the small town makes you yearn to live in one. I specially loved the rainy setup of the book. My only issue with the book was that the protagonist keeps on devising ways to win over his love but towards the end when he let goes and decides to choose a path that will give him peace it happens a bit to suddenly. When the reader has a feeling that how will the author wrap it all up a solution springs suddenly. But otherwise it is a nice, peaceful book. It shows a small town life in a nice way and handles a taboo topic quite respectfully and the fact that the proatgonist is gay is just another thing in the book, no major ho hallah has been made around it. All in all a book which leaves you tranquil in a way. A good read. A love story with a difference is how I will describe this book! My Rating 3.5/5

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Book'd Can you post a review smita?

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