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When the Signal turns Red

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A global ordeal
A couple in distress
The struggle to keep afloat
Prudent thinking in tumultuous times

Girish and Prajakta are in love. Very soon Girish will be joining the numero uno IT company of the country. He prepares himself by buying expensive clothes and other accessories he had always dreamed of. He and Prajakta have together planned to build on a good bank balance
Paperback, 198 pages
Published January 31st 2013 by Alchemy
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Indra Saha
Mar 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
What makes a good book, in my opinion, is at least one or a combination of three qualities- good writing, a good plot, or a good point-of-view. "When the Signal Turns Red" fails miserably on all three counts and manages to accumulate some very annoying traits along the way.

The story is a rather unoriginal one. A young couple in love want to marry. There are the expected hurdles, of course. An ex-army dad (girl's), the boy losing his job, and surprise, surprise- another prospective match for the
Feb 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Either Mr. Ukey genuinely believes in his work or this is one of the best pranks ever!

I apologize Mr. Ukey, but I cannot but find fault with this book.
This book is ridiculous! It's badly written, full of factual and grammatical errors which are unacceptable and it's horribly offensive to women.
The story is a standard one. It's not in the slightest bit original. Prajakta and Girish are the dullest couple I've ever read about. Their parents are equally dull. Also, talk about gender stereotypical
Abhilash Ruhela
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I finished this quick book in the matter of 3 hours. It is always fun to read a book of less than 200 pages if it has almost every aspect of story included in it that my eyes and mind searches for. Fortunately, this 196-pages book- "When The Signal Turns Red" published by Alchemy Publishers is a good book. The debutante author of this book is Jayanand Ukey who works for an IT company and is also a freelance journalist and blogger. He has a computer engineering degree from VESIT, Mumbai Universi ...more
Jaideep Khanduja
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it

Book Review: When The Signal Turns Red: Love Story Of Two Budding Techies

Jayanand Ukey seems to be a young, energetic, creative and enthusiastic. He is a techie, journalist, blogger and now a writer too. His first authored book When The Signal Turns Red published in 2013 is quite interesting, light read and on the ground stuff. It seems he has poured some of his real life experiences in the book in form of the the main lead Girish, who is a young engineeri
Apr 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Jayanand Ukey has scribbled a story which could come to a reader as a short film where two couple who are in deep love gets separated because of a global issue defeating their plans and future and how in an unexpected way, find their way back through each other to live life happily ever after.

I received this book from Author and cover page really seemed a nice read, not that the book turned out to be a big bore but 198 pages with big fonts was no less than a short read, also can be compared to
Asha Seth
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those who want a light predictable read
Recommended to Asha by: Jayanand Ukey
Shelves: 2013, indian-lit
To Jayanand Ukey, thank you for sharing the review copy with me.

This book was read and reviewed for the author.

My Rating - 2 & 1/2 stars

Two letters that shattered two lives. And begins the story of Girish and Prajakta and how their easy-going lives were turned upside down when they received the two most unanticipated letters of their lifetimes.

Girish and Prajakta are college friends and deeply in love with each other. They have recently graduated with engineering degrees and their offer le
Amit Shetty
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Funny moments, stereotypical Indian parents and the current economic crisis mixed together in a Bollywood style love story which seems a bit bland

The views I express below are basically mine alone and may or may not match yours.

This book is basically what I would call a time-pass book. Very light read, this book describes the love story of Girish and Prajakta in the face of a global economic crisis. As I mentioned earlier, the book does have a lot of funny moments and it really relates to Ind
Ajitabh Pandey
Thanks to the author to send me a review copy. It took me some time to read and reciew as my daughter hijacked this book before I came from office and finished it by the time I realized what's happening. Initially I got a bit concerned as I knew that this was a love story and having read some of the other young Indian authors who wrote love stories, I was expecting some sections which is not appropriate for a young child. I am glad that this was a clean book which can be read by pre-teenagers an ...more
Devina Dutta
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Bland and Average, When the Signal Turns Red failed to impress. Its almost non existent story and stereotypical characters with their cheesy and Bollywood inspired dialogues gave into many eye rolling moments. the lead pair, Girish and Prajakta with their seemingly troubled existences were unable to endear themselves right from the start (till the end). Prajakta's unusual desperation to get married, her mother's constant obsession with confiscating her phone and following Mr. Chitre's orders and ...more
Vandana Sharma
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
WHEN THE SIGNAL TURNS RED is story with quite simple plot. Some of you would relate it to Bollywood style. one can read this in their leisure time.
The story starts with the news of Girish and Prajakta (main leads) being placed in good IT company. Prajakta and Girish being in love with each other are happy but their families come to know about their relationships unexpectedly. Some how they manage to convince their families and engagement is fixed but things does not go well with their jobs and t
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Thank you for sharing the review copy.
This book was read and reviewed for the author.
'When the signal turns red' is the debut novel by the author. For a first book he has done a decent job. He kept the story sweet. He chose the same subject as other Indian authors do. Love, job, parents against marriage, convince the parents and happily married. That is the outline of the novel. There's nothing new about this book. The author kept Indian audience in mind before writing the book. This is what tee
Rahul Rajasekharan Nair
Thank you Jayanand Ukey for the complementary copy for review.

It is a light read- a love story that is so predictable from the begining. The story flows in a rigid way, with everything happening just as we would expect it to. Can definitely say that the story is inspired from quite a few Bollywood movies with the same genre.
The author seemed to be completely convinced that a job is all that is required to get married to your love. All other aspects are easily forgotten/omitted conveniently.
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a simple Indian love story written by Jayanand Ukey. Current living culture of Mumbai reeks out of this book. This is about how a recent graduate couple, who were love birds in college, get married amid all the hassles of crumbling economy, parents opposition, and other not-so favorable statistics. It is a casual read and will probably not linger in your mind. However, college students and people who have actually faced similar troubles in love can surely relate to this book and should g ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book will serve as an inspiration to budding writers. Awesomely cool ...
Anju Nikhil
May 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
First time author, Jayanand Ukey, introduces his book as a heartwarming tale of love, loss and determination and also as a light reading novel. Maybe he has taken the ‘light reading’ part a little too seriously. This book is too simple in its plot, expression and presentation. The story is too simple and it is entirely summarized in the synopsis. Read the complete review on my blog
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
The book seems to be inspired by an incident in the author's life which probably meant a lot for him but makes less for a plot. If we were in the 70s it would have been a very entertaining family drama – like a Rishikesh Mukherjee comical family caper minus the comic moments. With this book review I have tried my hand at being a script writer and I hope they employ me if they ever make a film of it...

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Beta (Boy): Maa-Baba apki tapasya aur ashirwaad se main avval number main pass ho gaya h
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
By Jayanand Ukey. Grade: B

“When The Signal Turns Red” is the debut work of Mumbai based IT professional, Jayanad Ukey. For a first book, the author has done a fairly good job keeping things simple and sweet. The book has a well designed cover depicting exactly what the author has intended to convey through the book.
Girish and Prajakta are in love. Very soon Girish will be joining the numero uno IT company of the country. He prepares himself by buying expensive clothes and other accessories he ha
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Thanks to Jayanand Ukey for sending the review copy of “When the signal turned to red”.
About the author: Jayanand Ukey works for an IT company and is also a freelance journalist and blogger. He has a computer engineering degree from VESIT, Mumbai University. In a career spanning a decade, he has kept his hobby alive by writing three books. This book is his first published work. Jayanand lives in Mumbai with his family.
About the book: Girish and Prajakta are in love. Very soon Girish will be join
Anirudh Parthasarathy
Feb 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned
When the Signal Turns Red is a romance novel which happens to be the first work of the author, Jayanand Ukey that has been published. I’ve never tried the genre before, but this being a direct request from the author himself, I accepted it.

Girish, a 22 year old who has completed his graduation, is about to join a leading IT company, DCL. He is in love with his college mate, Prajakta, and they wish to get married after working for some years, but, the girl’s parents find out about Girish and the
Siddharth Gupta
Mar 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Drama is something that has become the oomph factor for the entertainment industry in India. Books, movies, TV shows, all of them have a surplus of drama which overflows like the butter on a Punjabi guy’s Aloo Parantha. But most books tend to over do it. At its heart, simplistic drama is simply cute to read and that’s what this book brings to you.

This 198 paged novel is Jayanand’s first novel. It’s a fluffy little book about a typical Indian love story. Boy likes girl, girl likes boy, they want
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Going by the title and cover, i thought that the book contained some serious plot.
That was my first opinion. After reading the little summary at the back, i thought that this is just another routine story but may be with some twist at the end. I did not expect them to reveal the whole plot on the cover itself. To my surprise, they left very little for the book. The story is just normal with some feel, fun and mischievous climax.
This is a normal Indian Love story with the boy and girl falling i
Deepak Nare
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it
When the Signal Turns Red by Jayanand Ukey is, in a nutshell, a couple's struggle in the modern economic times. Girish, an IT guy soon to join an MNC is dreaming to have a pleasant future with her fiancée Prajakta. Their plans for the future however seem endangered as the catastrophic doom of economy affects their lives. How important role financial stability plays in the formation and survival of a relationship? What our new generation prefer, money or love? These questions are highlighted in t ...more
Om Shukla
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
When The Signal Turns Red a novel By Jayanand Ukey. A sweet simple love story of two engineering graduate Girish and Prajakta. The starting of book is very good and interesting. Especially the first meeting of Prajakta and Girish parents is too good. Jayanand describes each and every thing very well and makes scene humorous and funny. As we know every love story has a Villain and in this love story this major role is played by recession. Jayanand wanted to do something different from others auth ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
The cover of the book gives a fairly good idea about the theme of the book. A couple along with an old man shows the book is about a couple in love and somehow the story is linked to his/her father. It is simple and to the point, which is good.

The book is about two freshly-out-of-the-college couples, Girish and Prajakta. Both are placed into the top IT companies and are now planning to take their college love to the next level. Now that they had their jobs in their hand, they plan to talk to the
Sundeep Supertramp
The start of the book was pretty boring. The amateurishness of the author was crystal clear in his writing. A few pages past, the writing improved. Of course, there were occasional glimpses of the same amateurishness, the use of few high-lighting words made up to the use of ill-sounding sentences.

There are no chapter in this book. The whole book is divided into three parts. The first two parts of almost equal size and a tiny final part. The first part starts with Girish receiving his appointment
Thousif Raza
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
To Jayanand Ukey, thank you for sharing the review copy with me.

The story of When the Signal Turns Red starts with the intro of its 2 main characters Girish and Prajakta. These guys are already in love and waiting to be married. They have plans where they think they will reveal their well hidden secret to their parents after they settle down in life, but life doesn't happen as they think. Things start spiralling out of control from the 2'nd page itself and later on it just becomes worse when re
Socrates Chinniah
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: New readers , Casual readers , Travellers looking for light read
Recommended to Socrates by: Author
Shelves: first-reads

Disclaimer: The review was written for the author for an honest review in exchange for a free copy of the book. The views expressed are purely matter of opinion and not influenced.

A good attempt, but requires further effort. Predictable plot and easy to read.

Plot: 3/5
Writing style : 2/5
Character development : 2/5

The plot of the story seemed interesting when i started reading the book. The story revolves around two main characters and the book is a snapshot of a phase in their life where t
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Rajesh by: Jayanand Ukey
Shelves: indian
At the outset I'd like to thank the author for sending me a copy of this book.

A global economic collapse puts the personal lives of a young couple into shambles. The story is about how they face the trials and tribulations of life, the most important being them facing a real possibility of separation.

If you were brought up in India you'd have no problems guessing what the next page holds. The ending is easily discernable if one has seen or has read about enough bollywood movies.

A decent plot a
Vinod Jayachandran
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
For the First book, I should say the author's work is quite matured.

I am able to appreciate the book as I was able to relate to it and have gone through similar frills and thrills. So I know what it feels like.

More over the book talks about reality in india, where in there is still indeed a big hue and cry about love marriages in india and parents are authoritative when it comes to their children's marriage.

Marriage is more of buying an insurance policy in India, thus feelings and child's prefe
Soni Achuthan
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
When The Signal Turns Red is a love story set against the back drop of the global financial crisis. It reminds me of the time I just graduated in 2009. Not a very nice time to pass out. But I did. And while the recession thwarted a few of my plans it did open new avenues. That's what the recession does to you. It puts you in despair and then shows you the silver lining. And that is what the book is about.

I liked the story especially for its realism and simplicity. I just breezed through the seco
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Jayanand Ukey works for an IT company and is also a freelance journalist and blogger. He has a computer engineering degree from VESIT, Mumbai University. In a career spanning a decade, he has kept his hobby alive by writing three books. This book is his first published work. Jayanand lives in Mumbai with his family. To know more about the author, visit him at or email ...more