Publisher: Random House
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Preeti Shenoy fans can rejoice- here’s another breezy read from the talented author. Tea for two and a piece of cake takes us through the journey of Nisha, from her falling in love and getting married to her ultimate stance as a strong, independent woman.
Nisha, a ‘plain Jane’ is a 26 year old girl; plump, plain-looking, and without a boyfriend. Her life is turned upside down when she meets the ultra-charismatic businessman Samir Sharma at a party. She is swept off her feet by his charms and soon lands a new job as his secretary. Opposites attract and their love affair soon becomes a marriage. But problems soon creep into paradise, as Samir falls in love with someone else and breaks up with Nisha (over a phone call!). A shattered Nisha shifts to her late father’s house; ahead of her now lies the humongous task of raising two children with no money or employment.
This is a story about how a woman who overcomes all odds and establishes herself. It is a gripping tale of love lost and found, and it questions the fundamental societal belief that a woman needs to be married to feel complete.
Samir is Nisha’s husband, soon ex-husband. Chetna is Nisha’s friend; her character is symbolic of today’s age and how for some, relationships are just a matter of money. Akash is Nisha’s loyal friend who steps into her life when she is going through the worst of times. His character is likeable and his entry makes the story exciting. Mrs. B is another likeable character; she is Nisha’s neighbour and is instrumental to Nisha coping with the tragedy of her past.
I found the cover really beautiful. Another scorer is the index; all the chapters are named after songs. The book is beautifully written (as all Preeti Shenoy books are), a delightful story conveyed in a simple language. The fact that Preeti took efforts to explain Samir’s side through his letters is appreciable. The story also indulges in grave topics like death and explores the immortal nature of human beings, and the unpredictability of life.
The book becomes quite predictable toward the end. Except Nisha, none of the characters are well explored. The writer leaves clues about future events at places, which puts an end to all curiosity.
The simplicity in the book wins you over. If you are looking for a new, light and refreshing read, definitely go for this one!