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Glitter and Gloss

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  100 reviews
A romantic comedy that is funny, contemporary and sharp.

Misha is a make up artist who, after a series of mishaps and twists and turns, falls madly in love with Akshay who reciprocates her love with ardour. The only hitch in this perfect romance is her prospective sister-in-law who thinks Misha is everything a Bahu shouldn’t be: garrulous, geeky, gawky, gainfully employed
Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 22nd 2016 by Bloomsbury India
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Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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Misha aka kish-mish aka Mishkin is a chirpy, hyperventilating, MAC addict, makeup artist. Akshay Agarwal owns jewelry shops in Mumbai and Dubai. Not only rich, he is also deliciously handsome. Misha and Akshay kiss in a party, and then fall in love. That’s the simple part. The interesting character in the story is Akshay’s elder sister, a typical madwadi woman. She is orthodox and has a strict set of principles. Principles that can cause
Inderpreet Uppal
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Glitter And Gloss is a funny, heartening, fast-paced love story by Vibha Batra. I enjoy her writing and loved The Activist, and the Capitalist. Her books are full of love and have such a strong feel good factor that they are hard to put down once started and this book was no exception.
This is the story of two lovers who are from opposites in life, family and places yet they just click. As is the case with love, it just feels and doesn’t bother with anything else. Misha is a makeup artist,
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review copy sent by the author.

I had a pdf version of this book with me for a long time but I just couldn't get to it. Mainly, it was because:
a) I find it hard to read off a screen;
b) I have been so scarred by most Indian authors in 2017 that I couldn't risk wasting my time and energy on another 'doomed to fail' book.
But surprise surprise, this book was everything I did not think it to be. It is funny, crisp, has a very believable story-line, and the characters are described (shaped) so well, I
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Glitter and Gloss is about Misha (named after Misha the bear mascot at Moscow Olympics) a 20 something make-up artist. At a fashion event she rescues a hapless but very handsome man from the clutches of a rather predatory model and that’s the start of the Akshay-Misha love story. Enter Didi, Akshay’s elder sister, and it hits a roadblock. But then what’s a love story without a few roadblocks and some misunderstandings?

I loved Misha right from the opening pages. That’s a great place to begin to
Jheelkamal Nayak
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
A witty, sarcastic makeup artist falls in love with the suave and deliciously handsome business man. It's a bit of a cliché but all in good faith as the book is funny as hell and you would want to keep reading just to laugh at every bit and turn of the page.

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Misha, the protagonist of the book, could not have been more relatable. I'd call her the millennial-next-door : a self-deprecatingly funny, hyper person with self-esteem issues and struggling to carve her own niche in her professional life. When she meets the charming Akshay, she definitely dreams of a whirlwind romance, but what she could not have dreamt of was dealing with his possessive and over-bearing elder sister. That's the problem with Indian marriages: you gotta charm the pants off the ...more
Sulagna Mondal
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This book genuinely makes you laugh! The protagonist is Misha who is a young, wild and fun-loving character and her love life as well as her comical deeds uplifts you mood.

Vibha Batra weaves a story that is filled with quirky Bollywood references and witty one-liners. Sample this. When Misha sees her niece-in-law chatting with a girl who was seen as prospective match for Akshay, she describes her feelings saying, "And suddenly, I’m kind of irritated with Raksha. When she’s with me, she acts as
Chetana Thakur Chakraborty
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Glitter and Gloss by Vibha Batra is an exceptionally well written light-read. It is a romantic tale with a touch of humor in it. The author has brilliantly portrayed each of the characters. The protagonist, Misha, is a sweet young lady who is a make-up artist. She falls head over heels in love with Akshay Aggarwal, who is a superbly handsome and rich. He is the owner of Aggarwal Jewellers. He also falls for Misha. What follows is how they manage to take their relationship further despite all ...more
Mihika Sawant
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Story Line -

A make up artists (Misha) meets a Handsome Hunk, Akshay Agarwal, and they both falls in love. Everything is perfect - the Guy, their Life, but things go Topsy Turvy when they decide to get married and DIDI (Guy's sister) enters the scene.

Misha has to woe her and prove herself of being a worthy Agarwal Bahu (Daughter in law). Things start falling apart, when Misha goes out of the way to prove herself worthy and in turn forgetting everyone, including herself.

Story ends with how she
Meenal jain
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
• Misha is a young, fun-loving and energetic make up artist who cherishes her independence, friends and work above everything else. Little does she know that an encounter with a handsome man, who she misjudges for a model, will turn her life around and make her fall in love. Not long after, Misha begins to have complications from his family, and her carelessness overshadows any efforts she takes to be a good member of the family.
• The author has cleverly drawn out her characters which are
Priya Bhowal
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a light, funny, entertaining read. Perfect for a lazy summer Sunday read, better so, at the beach, Sun bathing.
I just can't stop laughing at the author's choicest of words, the Hindi words, Bollywood references.
Did I tell you that the male lead is soooo dreamy?
Ankita Arora
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
My rating: 3.5/5

It’s the story of Misha, a make-up artist based out of Mumbai working in MAC. She is a modern urban girl, who has faced a lot of bad relationships in her time. She has rented the other room in her flat to a guy, Sammy (Arogyaswammy) who is a gym trainer. Her best friend is Poulomi, who also works with her in MAC.
The story begins with Misha doing make-up for a fashion show, that she got because of Poulomi, under Martin. She saves a guy, or so she thinks, from getting ambushed by
Devashree Vyas
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Date read: 01.12.2017
Date of review: 14.05.2018

Rating: 3.5/5

I was offered an electronic copy of the book to write a fair and honest review by the author, Vibha Batra.

Glitter and Gloss, as the blurb says, is mainly based on Misha, a young make-up artist, who absolutely enjoys her work and is constantly seeking opportunities to do better in the field and take up more interesting, perhaps glamorous projects. While on one such job, Misha has an amusing confrontation with Akshay, while she does not
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just finished Glitter and Gloss by Vibha Batra and I already look forward to book number 2!
Hilarious, witty and relatable, this book is a refreshing pick-me-up. Having just gotten married two weeks before starting this book, I found Misha's concerns with being the perfect Bahu quite relatable.

Vibha's writing is humorous where many writers can be cheesy and the dialogues are catchy & witty, making this book a quick read (probably because I didn't want to put it down). Akshay & Misha's
Diyali Bhattacharya
An Indianised version of Fifty Shades of Grey without bondage, domination, submission and masochism (of course!). The plot revolves around Misha, a talented makeup artist at MAC whose first encounter with the drop-dead gorgeous and reserved hero Akshay, heir to the massive Aggarwal Jewellery is ridiculously embarrassing. But obviously, they meet again (and again). Soon, they are head over heels for each other. The first half of the book is an exciting blur of love and passion where
Ipshita Ranjana
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was expecting a sweet Cinderella style romance with some Indian spice when I started reading 'Glitter and Gloss' and it turned out to be so different from my expectations (in a good way)!

Misha's character is similar to the protagonist of every chick lit I have ever read. She has her own set of vulnerabilities, is aspiring to get better at her job, has a quirky family and is absolutely lovable in an unpolished way. But what set her apart was that instead of cringing at her quirks (like I
Varsha Prabhu
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-e-books
Glitter and Gloss is Misha and Akshay's story. Misha is a 24-year-old makeup artist at M.A.C. She's your classic bubbly and sassy girl with an independent streak. She speaks what's on her mind and has major foot-in-mouth moments throughout the book. Akshay is in his late 20's and is the heir to a successful family owned jewellery business. He's the typical rich, handsome boy. But, he's the perfect gentleman. What happens when these two meet? Naturally, sparks fly!

The book is written from first
Hemangi Patgiri
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I got to review a copy of this book from the author and here I am. I enjoyed reading the book, a story about a girl having self-esteem issues with comical twists and turns in her love life, with her friends and the much bizarre moments with 'the Didi'. I like the way, Vibha spun the story with the subject of the situations and sacrifices from a girl who is expected from another caste and other issues like professional jealousy. However, the female protagonist, Misha is lucky to have great ...more
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The cover is an instant pick-me-up, what with the cosmetics’ pictures all around- that covers the gloss part and the words are lettered in glitter. The language is simple and the story is cute. The characters are well developed. The author has used a lot of funny descriptions in the book. She has mentioned a lot of MAC products in the story, doing her make-up with MAC.

The story has been written in first person from Misha’s point of view.The main protagonist is very much like one of us, trying
Richa Tilokani
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved the sass and the wit! The writing was breezy and the characters were relatable. Akshay was great and Misha someone I wanted to be friends with. I am going to be reading it again!
Pratibha Pandey
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-fiction, 2016
3.5 / 5

Fun , light , partly relate-able read. Good for a relaxed weekend and some smiles.
Shumaila Taher
A makeup artist working day & night, living life on her own terms, making decisions for herself suddenly lands up in a situation where she is constantly trying to prove her worth, juggling between work and social life. The cause of her distress and the reason why she sees stars in the daylight is Akshay Agarwal, the man of her dreams.

Misha, our protagonist, is a fun-loving, cheerful girl, who is trying to pursue her dream of being a professional make-up artist. After several failed
Aaliya Thahseen
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“My only superpower however, is to get into all kinds of shit.”


24-year-old Misha( a.k.a Mishkin, Kishmish) is passionate about her job the M.A.C store and aspires to be a bridal make-up artist one day. What will happen when she bumps into the country’s most eligible bachelor with disarming delectable features and not to mention heavily loaded with the green stuff?

My Take:

Misha’s individuality is marked by her overzealousness for her job and she’s easily lovable, funny as hell and
Niharika Nag
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Glitter and Gloss by Vibha Batra

I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

First things first, this book is a fast and short read. It took me about 3-4 hours to read it. It is a fast paced book and jumps right into the story right from the first page. The story was not one I thought was really new, the same old "ridiculously hot guy, who is rich and charming and caring" who falls for the "ridiculously clumsy, foot in mouth kind of girl who thinks she isn't good enough". But more that than,
Mugdha Mahajan
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Glitter And Gloss is the story about Misha, a makeup artist and Akshay, owner of Aggarwal Jewelers. She is struggling hard to keep up with her professional life until she meets the Man of her Dreams Akshay Aggarwal with whom she instantly falls in love with. The story revolves around their relationship and all the hardships Misha has to face in order to impress Akshay’s Didi. It is a fast paced love story and a refreshing read.

The protagonist Misha is a fun,wild and sassy kinda girl who is
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is written in first-person POV of Misha, the girl with self-esteem issues, who falls in love with a hot-shot boy, Akshay Agarwal. The story begins with the most hilarious first-meet between the two lovers, Misha and Akshay. I mean, I haven't ever read an awkward first-meet like this ever! It seemed a bit stereotypical, I'll give you that, but it seemed so cute and funny! *soppy grin*

Poulomi, Misha's best friend, is the perfect best friend. Where can I get someone like her? Sammy is the
Dhawal Joshi
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Here's another book which has landed me in a reviewing dilemma. I'd be lying if I didn't say I totally enjoyed the book but at the same time it kinda threw me off the guard as I was expecting something different.

If you are a mainstream reader who read serious novels a lot and you pick up this book, it'd actually throw you off your guard. This book will make you laugh as if someone is constantly tickling you. It's a humorous chick-lit story. The only another book I can compare it with would be
Raj Nandani
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The cover of the book was so delicious to look and had a chick - lit charm to it. It felt like a light book with laugh. The urge to read it was intensified by the blurb that followed along with the book.

The biggest perk and the point is that I wasn't disappointed a bit by the book. The book is light and humorous to read and pretty easy to understand. The beginning itself is captivating. You get completely absorbed in the book and want the story to never end.

The writing style was quite impressive
Neelam Biradar
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Genre : Non fiction (Romcom)

Publication : Bloomsbury

Format : E-book

Language : English

Pages : 180


Misha is a make up artist , she loves her profession. At an event she meets Akshay who she misinterprets as a model and gets him ready and over the conversation comes to know that he is not a model but the owner of Agarwal Jewellers , the title sponsors of the show meaning he is Akshay Agarwal – Tall , Handsome , Smart , Fair. Misha works there with her best friend Poulomi fondly called Poul who
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the love story of Misha, makeup artist with M.A.C. and Akshay, owner of a jewelry brand. It is kind of love at first sight for Akshay when he accidentally meets Misha at a fashion show. Akshay pursues her by following to the makeup store and later to Dubai. All is well until Akshay’s sister finds out about their relationship. Now starts Misha’s adventures to impress Akshay’s sister and to convince her hard that Misha is the right choice for him and as good as any other girl his sister ...more
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Vibha Batra is an author, advertising consultant, graphic novelist, poet, lyricist, translator,
travel writer, playwright, translator and columnist. Her published books include: Bathinda to Bangkok, The Reluctant Debutante, The Dream Merchants, Keeping it Real, Euro Trip,
Ludhiana to London, Glitter and Gloss, The Activist and The Capitalist, Sweet Sixteen (Yeah,
Right!), Seventeen and Done (You