Review: Tea for two and a piece of cake by Preeti Shenoy

by Pratibha Jain on January 10, 2014

Review: Tea for two and a piece of cake by Preeti Shenoy
Author: Preeti Shenoy
Publisher: Random House
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9788184002799
Rating: ★★★½☆
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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. 

Plot

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.

Characters

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.

Likes

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.

Dislikes

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.  

Overall View

The simplicity in the book wins you over. If you are looking for a new, light and refreshing read, definitely go for this one!

Do read our reviews of Preeti Shenoy’s Life is What You Make it and The One You Cannot Have, and catch our interviews with her (1 & 2). 

Written by Pratibha Jain

Having an insatiable appetite for books, she is always loading her shelves with more books than she can read. An irregular blogger, she loves to google about anything and everything. Apart from reading and writing, she enjoys solitude and poetry and when time permits her textbooks on finance!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Shweta January 12, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Love the cover!

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pratibha jain January 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM

It is beautiful indeed! 🙂

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IndiaBookStore January 21, 2014 at 5:58 AM

Me too. Don’t judge a book by its cover they say….. but I’m afraid we often DO pick up a book because we’re intrigued by the cover!

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