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Love's Labor

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Piali Roy has run away from home and the two stubborn men who love her. One is her beloved Baba; a rigid traditionalist, he refuses to accept anyone from outside her caste and community. And then there is Sathya, the unsuitable outsider. He loves her truly, madly, deeply and has even called off his marriage for her sake. Neither man will budge, and the small town of Jampot ...more
ebook, 94 pages
Published June 12th 2013 by Indireads (first published June 10th 2013)
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Nikita (Njkinny's Blog)
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Nikita by: Andy Paula, Rubina Ramesh
This is my first Indireads published book and I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book. A great way to support new authors, I had been hearing about Indireads from sometime but still hadn't read any of their books yet.

"Love's Labor" is Andy Paula's first book and features Piali, a vivacious and ambitious Bengali teacher and Sathya, a dynamic and the most eligible bachelor who also happens to be the only son of the school's director where Piali is a teacher. What starts as a school tr
Ananya Dhawan
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
'Love's Labor' is a light, innocent and a heart fluttering read. The writer has presented 'love' in a very pleasant and a charming way. I found the book balanced in the sense that it is penned down in a style neither too intense, nor too casual. The story is poignant and also has a philosophical tinge to it. The characters seem very real. The School and the scenes described in Mussoorie made me relate to the story in a broader way. I would definitely recommend the novella.
Pratikshya Mishra
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it

Torn between her unrelenting father and the man she loves, Piali Roy can take it no more. She’s sad that her loving father upholds his principles more than he cherishes her, his beloved daughter. She’s disappointed that her mother never takes her side and no one understands her. Neither can she marry Sathya against her father’s wishes, nor can she forget him. Eloping is out of question. She therefore decides to go away from everything she holds dear- away from her parents, away from the memories
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Piali Roy lives in small town of Jamshedpur with her conservative parents and a younger brother. Her father is against intercaste marriages. She works in the school as an English teacher.

Sathya Nair, is the Chairman’s son, an animation artist, back in Jamshedpur to take over the reins of the family business.

The story:

Piali and Sathya go to Panchgani for a teacher’s camp with Piali as the team lead and Sathya as the treasurer. And they fall in love, even though Sathya is engaged to Vinitha, the d
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The most impressive thing about this novella is its simplicity. The story of a simple, Bengali school teacher falling in love with the chairman’s son. As with the other stories of Indireads, I found that this simple tale too has a moral behind it. It is not about just sex or love. It is about values and respect.

When Piali falls in love with Sathya they find many hurdles in their path. Piali is from a staunch Bengali family and Sathya is from a Malayali family. The former is a simple, middle clas
Gayathri Manikandan
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book at one go and later wondered what kept me glued when the story is such a simple, typical one. It's definitely the author's storytelling skills. The blossoming of love between Sathya and Piali, the way they take it forward and their families stance are realistic and never appear cliched. A couple of conversations between Sathya and Piali are actually cute. I would have loved to read more of their sweet nothings :-) And this novella definitely 'captures the very essence ...more
Sumeetha Manikandan
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Love’s labour is a heart-warming love story that will keep you turning those pages until you reach the end. The poignant love between Piali and Sathya is beautifully brought out against the background of small town mentality and caste prejudices.

I ditched Julia Quinn’s latest to sit with Love’s Labour and was not disappointed. A lovely well-written story with strongly etched characters. Looking forward for more from this author.
Jigar Doshi
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A short, simple, entertaining and lovely read. Has strong characters, deals with a couple of social issues like inter-caste marriages and about teaching not being a profession of people actually wanting to be teachers, but is a love-story to the core.
nice work for a debutante.
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Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sitting down in my favourite bean bag and a huge mug of coffee, I began reading Andy Paula’s Love’s Labor. Never knew when my coffee mug became empty and when I got so carried away with the story that I finished the entire novella in one sitting. Interesting and engrossing would describe the book aptly.

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Uttiya Roy
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a jump back to growing up, a very well written book and one of the better romances I read this year. i don't know about you all, but, for me personally.. Andy Paula had a heck of a book inside her :)
Sundari Venkatraman
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review has been very long due. I finally made the time to read Love’s Labor by Andy Paula a couple of nights ago. I finished the lovely book at one go. Very interesting read!

Piali is a teacher who works with 12th standard students in Mussourie. She lives by herself at the accommodation close to her school. She is in charge of the centenary celebration that’s being organised at the school. In the middle of a busy day, she gets a call from Sathya, the love of her life. He has discovered her w
Pradeeta Mishra
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
One of the best things about Indireads novels is that most of them create a hopeful end, at least the ones I have read. Love’s-Labor is no exception to a happy ending tale. It is a heady mix of Bollywood romance with a heavy dose of realistic tadka. The story features Piali, a school teacher, who is not merely your average order-following woman. She is beautiful, smart and has her head on her shoulders. Plus the son of the Chairman of the school is smitten by her. Sathya, a man of integrity and ...more
E. Prybylski
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Love's Labor is a light, easy read. It has lovely descriptions of the vivid culture of India, and is both an enjoyable romance and an interesting commentary on Indian culture and the struggles it faces with the modern world. The author, Andy Paula, has a talent for keeping the story moving and creating enjoyable characters who have real feelings and face genuine difficulty.

It took me about three hours to read this novella which is a mark in its favor; it was extremely easy to read and kept me in
Biswanath Banerjee
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Can distance dilute the concentration of love? Or separation inflames the desire to come more closely? These are hypothetical questions that seem to have no answer. But you may be out of this dilemma if you read the romantic novella ‘Loves labor’ by Andy Paula. Well, if not completely out but certainly some light at the end of the tunnel-which you must see!
The curtain of the story is raised in Christ Church School, Mussorie where our young protagonist Piali is taking a class of standard twelve.
Shuchi Kalra
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had been meaning to read this book for a while and finally sat down with it last night. Going by Andy's storytelling skills and writing style, one wouldn't guess that this is the author's debut work. It is a sweet love story with two very strong protagonists with a mind of their own. India's archaic caste-system poses a barrier between the two lovers and Andy handles the issue deftly without being preachy. I loved Piali because she comes across as smart, feisty and headstrong - but not in-your ...more
Storm Chase
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To be honest I was dreading this because I never got past page 67 or so in A Suitable Boy and another modern Indian classic (I forget the name) was also a disaster. Love's Labor though was great!

This is a short, sweet love story between Piali, a modern Indian girl who has a career and who also loves her father too much to upset him by marrying out of her cast, and Sathya who is handsome, independent and despite being the son of a very rich man not spoiled rotten. I love the way Piali and her mu
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved the way characters were written in the book. The author has taken care of even minute details. I was totally impressed by the character of Piali’s mom, she was like any other house-wife who has to choose between the happiness of her children and her husband’s principles. It is a very sweet story which I enjoyed thoroughly. I am looking forward to more books from the author.

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Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Note : This review has been published in my blog - Book And Ink

Love’s labor is tale about the quintessential situation a girl in our society faces when she falls in love with a man from other caste or culture. Our protagonist, Piali has run away from the iron hold of two stubborn men, her father and the love of her life. Her father, like every other typical parent refuses to accept Piali’s choice of man, Sathya as he is from a different caste. Sathya does everything he possibly can to prove tha
Priyanka Batra Harjai
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love’s Labor, an account written by Andy Paula (her pen name) is a beautiful and simple love story about a middle class teacher and an affluent class chairman’s son.

The story is about how these two lovers delve the Love’s Labor and what the outcome is. Will they be able to outshine at professional front? Will they be able to set a equilibrium between professional and personal life? What about their love life? Will they prefer love over family or will they be the bait in the name of rotten cultur
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Andy Paula is a corporate trainer by profession and a writer by vocation. After the innumerable essays, poems, articles, editorials, congratulations & condolence letters she wrote for herself and others refused to satiate her writer's Self, she finally put herself seriously to the task and wrote Love's Labor,a romance novella that is now on Goodreads. ...more

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