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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  92 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
‘Curious villagers stopped to stare at this shameless man and woman whose fingers were wound in each others’ hair, and whose lips were stretched with impossible smiles, and faces were glowing like warm red wax in the late afternoon. But after a minute or two, they too walked away, because looking at the two any longer became unbearable.’

A woman who won’t let the shadow of
Paperback, 315 pages
Published 2012 by Harper Collins
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Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love - with a human touch!

How many times do we take out the time to investigate the strange little things that move our heart and the unexpected places where we find love. We live in a time where “love” is a loaded word with a cliched meaning, sold to us as a romantic ideal with the same, one dimensional characters; pretty faces that are “smart, beautiful and funny” when in reality we encounter and experience love in myriad ways, each having the ability to surprise us and give us something to re
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
None of the love stories in this collection by Annie Zaidi are comforting, happy-ever-afters – which is a good thing. Nothing’s tied in a bow and presented to the reader, nothing could present a danger to your teeth or sugar levels. Cloying, bland or limp, these are not.

Each story is different but the conundrums are the same – can it last, why didn’t it last, why was love lost, what could have been. Even though the common theme is love and the losing and finding of it, each story feels different
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Don't expect sweet romantic stories when you pick this book up. These tales are about heartbreak and marriage and divorce and motherhood, written for iPhone-tapping, selfiestick-shooting Facebook millennials. Although it's a breezy read, the he and she, him and her sentence construction gets too monotonous as a collection. Zaidi touches very relatable notes of the Delhi lifestyle and her stories are ripe with dialogues.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The title of the book suggests, it’ll be a book with some mushy gushy feel good love stories, but that is definitely not the truth. The cover of the book though suggests that it is a different from the regular ones.

Annie Zaidi has a good hold of the language and has succeeded in keeping the reader engaged in the book throughout. There are total 14 stories as the name indicates. They are named as Love story #1, Love story #2 and so on, but each with a separate (and an interesting) subtitle which
Ankit Jain
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having read two other books by Annie Zaidi, read her blog and watched her videos on YouTube, I sort of knew what I was getting into when I started reading this book. I was excited but felt mild trepidation too because I expected this book to peer into our most subtle, unacknowledged emotions. What I expected is what I got! And it was an amazing experience.

Ms. Zaidi's stories are not about puppy love, and she loathes referring to them as romantic stories, and I can see why. They are stories about
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
" Love is unselfish & unconditional. I can tell you a thousand things that its not, but not one,that it is."
Love stories is a beautiful collection.It portrayed many emotions and depths one plunges into. Desperation.. Solitude..Forgiveness..Fear..Resistance..Acceptance & all that there is.
Not a happy cocoon of tales but a wired frame of thoughts & boundaries that will grasp you.Don't pick up the book if you are looking for a romantic boy-girl encounter.Love stories is a different &am
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love stories with a difference. With a lot of feeling and only a little mush. Out of 14 stories, I've read 9 and found them fairly different from each other. The similarity was the man-woman dynamics. All have been worthy of mulling over. I take away one star only because personally I had no interest in the context of some stories but found them to be well written all the same.
The book has a simple but remarkable cover.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
The stories are not the run on the mill kinds. They are quite intense. Infact some went over my head as well. But overall I liked it.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
An interesting collection of stories but very monotonously rendered.
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Annie Zaidi writes poetry, essays, fiction of varying lengths, and scripts for the stage and the screen. She is the author of Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, a collection of essays that was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award (non- fiction, 2011). She is also the editor of 'Unbound: 2,000 Years of Indian women's Writing'. Her work has appeared in various ant ...more
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