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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Paperback, 296 pages
Published December 25th 2019 by HarperCollins India
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Stephy Simon
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Swap , this story introduced me to a new form of relationship, Couple Swapping.

Priya is a journalist and is happily married to Akash, everything is fine in their relationship except that, Priya is having an affair that too with Akash's childhood friend, Dileep. As truth always reveals itself this relationship too got revealed. It's from this point, the story takes a deviation from the cliche romantic stories. Instead of breaking the relationship the couples end up in a world of couple
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have you ever heard about couple's swap & swing parties? Frankly speaking this topic is very new to me. I have never heard about swap parties before. This book is all about these swap parties which provide couples diversion from dullness of their marriage.'The Swap' is a novel about marriage, betrayal, love, sex, morality & revenge.

The story revolves around Priya Bakshi, a journalist and Akash, who is working in multinational firm both married before 6 years. There is nothing really
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book follows a story that involves couple swapping. Priya and Aakash are married and they have a group of friends who are invited to their place for get together and this idea of couple swapping is shared with all of them by a friend who knows something about Priya and one of their group friend.
How this swapping effects them. Their are extra marital affairs also in this story. This book also had a different angle of Priya helping a trafficked child. That was the part which I liked the most.
Ninu Nair
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
‘The Swap’ treads a careful line while uncovering the private lives of the urban middle class, exploring their marriages through swap parties and their guilty pleasures in doing so, intricately weaving an emotional subtext. Obviously, it is a taboo to talk about ‘spouse swapping’ in the commonplace parlance. Yet, its existence as a hearsay reality is intriguing. The characters in this book begin on the same assumption and explore themselves as ‘swinging couples’.
One quality that comes out
Gautam Sasidharan
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
“Sharp and racy, The Swap is a sparkling novel about sex, marriage and morality.” reads the blurb which needs to be analysed before reaching on a conclusion on this book.

Shuma Raha, a journalist by profession provides a sneak peek into swap parties in Delhi which is claimed to be ‘rampant’. The book relies on the shoulders of Priya who tries to wade through a phase, testing her sanity and morality. She is married and is indulging in an affair. She and her husband are part of a circle of friends
Pemberley Pages
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Sex, marriage and morality. These three words are used to help keep a tight leash on impropriety existing in society. Morally and traditionally, marriage is the society’s approval to have sex. Yet, in today’s day and age, where the definitions of relationships are constantly changing, sex is used in different ways to revive a marriage, and the morality of such situations, is more often than not, left unconsidered.

Shuma Raha, in her novel, “The Swap”, explores this delicate relationship between
Amritha Srinath`
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In today's Era, we see people getting in and out of a relationship like changing an outfit. Marriages were considered to be a sacred union of two souls, but today divorce is an easy exit. But if you look further, there is an alternative - Couple Swapping!

This book - The Swap by Shuma Raha is a narrative set on that premise, which ponders deep into the emotions and situations of the couples involved. With each passing day, a happily married couple - Priya & Akash seem to be going apart from
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review on my blog:

As the blurb states, this story is the author’s interpretation of a bold topic like couple swapping. While such a topic sounds juicy on the surface, this book is not just about the physical intimacy between the involved couples. Extra marital affairs come with their own share of guilt and the struggle of those involved to maintain secrecy. Couple swapping is therefore a different premise with consent coming from the other partner.
Nidhi Srivastava
There are professions which have been tagged with the word 'swapping'. The sole reason to make a choice about this book was the title to begin with. I take a metro to work and the plot of the book kept me glued to till the end. The plot covers the posh individuals and couples of Delhi, with Priya Bakshi and Akash Srivastava in the lead role. When the plot/party began, I was assuming the plot to bring in the swap concept, but then it began with the usual concept of an extra-marital affair. With ...more
Geeta Thakkar
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
As the title and blurb suggests, the book is about couple swapping. A very risky and bold topic but definitely very well written.

In today's times, people jump in and out of relationships without thinking much, even marriages have easy exists. Physical compatibility has become more important than other aspects. Cheating, extramarital affairs, polygamous marriages have become very common these days.

One topic that is rarely spoken of is swapping. When I think of this word, the first thing that
Archita Mishra Soni
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Relationships - the most vulnerable yet an important part of our lives since time immemorial. They mean different things to different people. With changing times, relationships have evolved and they have also gone down the drain for many people, especially when it comes to marriage!

This book talks about relationships, marriages in particular. What if you want to give up on the marriage? What if you can swap the person you're in relationship with? Read the book..

With a strong narrative and
Simrit Bedi
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lately I have read quite a few articles on couples swapping on the internet and in magazines. When I came across this book and read the blurb, I definitely was interested in reading this book.
This is a story about a modern couple, Priya and Akash. They have been married for six years. Priya gets into an extra marital affair with Akash's friend, Dileep. The couple also attends a swing party in order to " spice up their relationship". On the other hand, Dileep's wife comes to know about Priya and
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Swap!

This story revolves around a couple Priya and Akash who once upon a time were madly in love with each other. As time passed, the kind of intimacy in their relationship changed. The wife had a fling with one of their common friend.

With sudden announcement of couple swap & swing, brings in a new excitement between their friend circle. Suddenly Akash and Priya decides to step in.
Read further, to see the fun, excitement, intimacy and unravelling of truth.

Writing style is pretty good.
Sadhana Wadhwa
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Cut Above!

Having seen this book cover across various social media platforms, there was a sense of curiosity which only increased on reading the blurb. Couple-swapping? Seriously? While this topic can evoke a sense of unlikeable wonder on the truth of it, there was never a dull moment while reading this awesomely superb debut! Must read, you just can't put it down from the word Go! Must must read..
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
With 'The Swap', Shuma tries to limelight the concept of couple swapping that is gaining popularity as a means to get out of the so called marriage boredom and associated mindset among couples. The author's command over the language and spicy narrative makes the book an un-put-downable read. The protagonist's dilemma, state of mind and emotions with respect to couple swapping is very well described in the book. A short one day read, but asks for some sense of maturity to understand it.
Dipesh Goswami
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
The story is quite clichéd and overly dramatic to say the least. It could well be an Ekta Kapoor show with an added tadka of drama and sex, where just one dimension of four people entwined in a polyamorous relationship is portrayed. And thats sex and lust.
You can give it a pass.
Mayuri Nidigallu
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A bold topic handled very well. Shuma Raha is a fabulous writer and a keen observer of people. Loved reading her debut novel!
Rahul Thomas
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was really exciting
Chitra Muralikrishnan
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book... I couldn't keep it down and read it in one go... Good story, well written without unnecessary details.. The ending was so satisfying..
Sadiq Kazi
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
A racy read on a racy subject. That's it. That's the review!
Varun Oak-Bhakay
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Every once in a while, there comes a book that poses a unique question about the morals we’ve been raised with. Shuma Raha’s debut novel The Swap is of that variety.

Set in present-day (almost) Delhi, the novel follows the life of journalist Priya Bakshi, married for six years at the time of the novel’s events. Happily, or so it seems in the initial few pages until we get to the spoiler revealed in the blurb – she’s having an affair.

Subsequently, it comes to the fore that one couple among Priya
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