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When obsessive book-lover (ahem, book snob) Amruta – Ruta – Adarkar arrives in Delhi to work as a marketing executive for Parker-Hailey's Publishing, she learns that the world of books is not as cozy as she’d imagined. Her eccentric taskmaster of a boss expects marketing miracles to happen on shoestring budgets and in record time, and surviving the job (and the city) means ...more
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Published August 20th 2016 by Hachette India
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Aditi
“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”

----Robert Fulghum


Nikita Deshpande, an India author, pens a lively yet soul-touching contemporary romance debut novel, It Must've Been Something He Wrote where the author weaves a sweet and funny romantic comedy that is centered around a woman who is a nerd-cum-marketing-executive f
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Sukanya Venkatraghavan
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love love love this book. Fabulous, assured debut by Nikita Deshpande. It makes a strong case for WELL WRITTEN, funny and interesting 'chick lit' or 'romance' callitwhatyouwill. I personally find it difficult to slot this under any genre. The writing is fantastic and the characters believable and aspirational. I read this in one sitting and have no doubt you will too. Also if authors like Jish exist (despite the horrendous titles) gimmeeeittt. I saw so much of myself in Ruta and her quandaries. ...more
Janhvi
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-book
I first got intrigued by It Must've Been Something He Wrote by Nikita Deshpande because of the teasers I saw on twitter. So when I got an opportunity to review the book, I jumped on it. It is safe to say that I went into this book without any expectations. I think that is what made this book SO amazing of a read for me. It really blew me away by how funny and heart warming the book turned out to be.

So basically this is Amruta's story. Ruta is originally from Pune (shout out to all my Pune peeps!
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Nikita
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lived a small but intense romance for two days with this book, its characters, its storyline and its humour.
You should read this book if you want to:
- Have a great weekend and warm fuzzy feelings
- Want to read an honest account of how life can be messy, unpredictable, crazy and awesome all together
- Have a boss who doesn't particularly like you
- Have friends who say, 'macha dena bhenchod'. *I do*
- Want to laugh till you have to sit up and breathe.
Absolutely loved it, full on entertainment, relat
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Nikita Deshpande
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Let's just say this is a slightly biased rating. ...more
Rishi Prakash
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first "novel" for the author who has done other creative works in past including being the assistant director in movies( Fukrey and Mirzya). I must say it is a great first novel when it comes to fluency and the relevance in current age...although the story could have become better!

The story has been set up in a publishing house at Delhi and has been written beautifully. The language is simple, flowing and funny. Her use of hindi words in sentences has made it all the more funny and
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Charanya
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-heart-it-stars
First things first, I am giving this book a 5 because I read this in one day, today, despite it being a working day and I couldn't stop reading! This rarely happened with Indian authors, granted I have not read that many, and the few I did read were similar to the books written by Jish or the other popular writer stereotypes that were mentioned in this book, and I did not enjoy them

I was quite skeptical about buying this book, due the aforementioned experiences, but what caught my attention was
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A Million Books
AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS

I received a review copy from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Truth be told, despite the fact that I’m Indian, I don’t read too many Indian writers. In fact, last year, I read a grand total of ONE book written by an Indian author.

And yet, here I am, falling in love with my THIRD Indian Book so far this year!

It Must’ve Been Something He Wrote is a HILARIOUS, swoon worthy read set in the w
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Amruta Adarkar arrived in Delhi with a dream and a career plan. When she landed a job as a marketing executive at Parker-Hailey's Publishing, she was excited. Being a bookworm (read: book snob) she thought it was a perfect opportunity for her. Little did she expect to be stuck being a publicist for Jishnu Guha, a cheesy romance bestselling author; whose books she wouldn’t be caught dead reading. To top that, her boss expects miracles from her in record time. And then there is the matter of her C ...more
Jay Zes
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a biased review but it is also an honest one. I haven't laughed this much while reading in a while.
Nikita is truly a super talented writer and this is a superb debut novel.

I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to read something young, fun and entertaining. A special hi-five to all the 90s Bollywood references that made me nostalgic.

This book would make a really good movie. One that I would love to watch.

I'd love to read more from Nikita. Let's have book 2 out soon!
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Nikita (Njkinny's Blog)
https://www.njkinnysblog.com/2018/04/...

It Must've Been Something He Wrote by Nikita Deshpande is the story of the funny and yet totally relatable daily struggles of a common Indian girl, Amruta who is a book lover cum marketing executive for a Publishing house in Delhi. With a demanding boss, quirky but loyal friends, overbearing and yet caring relatives and a new assignment as the publicist for a cheesy romance writer, Ruta's life is complicated to say the least. Add being struck by the love a
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Vrinda
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A charming, smart desi romance (dare I say, chick lit) book? By someone who isn't Anuja Chauhan! This was a really fun weekend read, I found myself appropriately conflicted by the hero, which is always a good thing. ...more
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NAME: It Must've Been Something He wrote

AUTHOR: Nikita Deshpande

GENRE: Coming of age, Romance/ Comedy, YA fiction

RATINGS: 5/5

BLURB:
When obsessive book-lover (ahem, book snob) Amruta – Ruta – Adarkar arrives in Delhi to work as a marketing executive for Parker-Hailey's Publishing, she learns that the world of books is not as cozy as she’d imagined. Her eccentric taskmaster of a boss expects marketing miracles to happen on shoestring budgets and in record time, and surviving the job (and the city)
...more
Malvika Puranik
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-authors, 2017
A very beautiful novel
Roma
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I got this book in the HT BrunchBookChallenge hamper along with 2 others. I picked this as the next book in this year's challenge as I believed it to be a little light reading. And I was right. The book is a cool book, a love story of sorts.

Broadly it's the story about a girl who loves books (I absolutely relate to) and hence enters the publishing industry (my desire). It highlights the role of publishers and how things are done. The part of job duties are intriguing and also brings forth the nu
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Kaushik NP
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
 ¡Received the book in a Giveaway!

RATINGS : 4.2

RUTA, YOU HAVE PRADEEP TIWARI DUTY AT 9. I HOPE YOU'RE DUCKING AWAKE. REPLY ASAP.

*ducking

Arrrrrgh autocorrect bench child!

Aaaaaargh fucking. Fucking, fucking, fuck.


Got your interest? Well its supposed to, like it did for me. My brother was the one who showed this to me and got to say, it piqued my interest to such an extent that I decided to give the book a go. And I don't regret the decision one bit.

It was refreshing to go through a book that
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Mathangi
This is a cute romance story set in the world of publishing, with just the right amount of fluff and heart-warming characters.
It was a super fast, light read and I don't have much complaints other than the generous use of regional language which I, as a South Indian, could not follow.
Full review up on my blog here.
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Suhani Arora
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
It Must’ve Been Something He Wrote is a breath of fresh air and moves from one page to another. It’s adorable, funny and makes for a perfect weekend read that you would want to finish in one sitting. The protagonist Amruta is you and me, a character that one can relate to. Brownie points for the cute cover but the book is way cuter. Recommended!
Rebecca
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amruta aka Ruta is the perfect heroine for me. I had her right at the beginning and absolutely loved her to death. I perfectly understood her doubts, her cynism, and her unadulterated happiness. She grew on me.

I hope there is a sequel. I'm going to put my hands on to that too.

I guess it is something that Nikita wonderfully wrote. :)


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Prerna
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous, hilarious, adorable debut novel by Nikita Deshpande. If you are a lover of well-written romances (attention all Anuja Chauhan fans), you will worship this book.

Also, I DARE you to not fall in love with the hero (and heroine, certainly, but the hero for sure). Go on, I dare you.
Sindhu
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute quick read

At a time when I was unable to read any book because of my lousy attention span, this book made me happy, and not just because I finished it in one night, which always make me feel good.
Namratha
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
Cute....witty....and a breeze of a read.
Samirah Tabassum
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book caught my attention because of its catchy cover with rays of good vibes coming out of it. The story was no less! Full of life and fun-filled just like the cover itself! An amazing chick lit with beautiful blending of languages, great humor and bits of real life incidents along with some important life lessons popping up in between. I tried stopping halfway to imagine how the story might end but was into some Bollywood movie already which couldn't be paused. It felt real! So real that o ...more
Jyotsna Hariharan
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am EXTREMELY biased but even if I wasn't, this book brought my cold, dead heart out of storage, and made it feel feelings.
Women have collectively given the rom-com genre so much of our time and energy, and what we got in return, was mostly being gaslit to believe that emotional abuse is love, and that lipless white men are the paragon of male perfection.
No more!! Read this book and treat yourself to a romance that is hilarious, heartwarming, emotionally intelligent, plain intelligent, and fe
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Sarthak Maiti
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a review copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are entirely my own and no way promoted by other source.
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When obsessive book-lover (ahem, book snob) Amruta – Ruta – Adarkar arrives in Delhi to work as a marketing executive for Parker-Hailey's Publishing, she learns that the world of books is not as cozy as she’d imagined. Her eccentric taskmaster of a boss expects marketing miraclesto happen on shoestring budgets and in recor
...more
Rupali
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Its a sweet and delightful ! Written by the very talented Nikita Deshpande Kudos
Nirav
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So one day I was sitting on my comfortable chair in office and I tweeted something and it caught her eye and it immediately caught attention of many and not bragging but 5 people followed me and out of those were three authors. I usually avoid reading books by first time authors but its fun sometimes if it ain’t that serious book you know. One of them was Nikita Deshpande, I had heard about the works of other two and was religiously following one’s work on facebook. I was like, oh no one more au ...more
The Book Chief
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read this in one day (it would have been one session had it not been for inconvenient interferences like work) based on a recommendation by a friend.

Amruta Adarkar is a Marathi mulgi from Pune who moves to Delhi to work in a publishing house, because she wants to be near books and do any work that's related to books. She is a grammar Nazi (thats what they call us these days), loves good writing and cannot stand the books of Jishnu Guha, a charming, handsome Ravinder Singh -type author who writes
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Avanija Sundaramurti
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Such good fun. Looking forward to heaps of rom com novels from this author.
Neeti
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Few funny moments, rest all okay. A fun, light read.
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Nikita Deshpande is a writer of copy, screenplay and poetry, she graduated in English Literature from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. An occasional film-maker, she has assisted directors on prominent films such as Fukrey (2013) and Mirzya (2016), and was the writer/director of the winning commercial at Crash the Pepsi IPL (2015). It Must've Been Something He Wrote is her first novel. ...more

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