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ISBN: 978-0-9919600-1-9Loves Labor

Author: Andy Paula

Publisher: Indireads

Pages: 75

Price: INR 175

Webpage: http://www.indireads.com/books/loves-labor/


Love’s Labor is a story about Piali Roy, an English teacher, & Sathya Nair, an animator, who are brought together by circumstances, and despite behavioural and communal differences, end up falling in love. All very well. What is not is the reaction of the two families, and a third’s. That of the girl’s who Sathya was slated to marry, when Piali took his life by storm.

Staring from a hill station in India(all of them boast pretty much the same features), Love’s Labor takes you on a flashback to a Steel township where the lead pair belong, to another hill station where their love blossoms, to a city in the South of India where Sathya goes away to put his beloved’s insecurities to rest to another mountain town where the heroine herself lands up, Love’s Labor,  a tale spanning over two years, takes you on a journey of India and, more importantly, of the human heart.

In the end, will the pair make it? Or, as time rolls, will they succumb to the time-honoured customs that are so much a part of their upbringing? In a country where society is held above the individual & collective laws more potent than human dreams, the cookie could crumble either way.

My Review:

Love’s Labor, an account written by Andy Paula (her pen name) is a beautiful and simple love story about a middle class teacher and an affluent class chairman’s son.

The story describes the pain that lovers labor while starting from falling in love to accepting the love and making it acceptable to their stubborn families or say society at large. Andy, herself being a teacher was able to carve out Piali Roy’s character with complete strength and justice. Piali, who belongs to a Bengali family is a committed teacher with a past of her own. Her past reconciles in a Tamilian boy – Sathya, who also happens to be the Chairman’s son.

The events star taking turn as more characters are weaved in to build a scenario about how the lovers feel when they have to choose between love, respect, pride and profession. The striking struggles of the story include:

  • struggle at professional front because Piali is a teacher and Sathya is Chairman’s son who is further engaged to Principal’s daughter.
  • struggle at personal front because Piali is from a Bengali family and Sathya is a Tamilian and both the families are not quite open to the idea of inter-cast marriage.
  • struggle at mental front because Sathya is all committed to spend his life with Piali but she would not speak her heart to him.
  • struggle at societal front because Piali finds herself choking under the societal pressures of deceiving the Chairman / Principal for providing her with a decent opportunity professionally and to choose between her love that she found herself (in Sathya) and love that was God-gifted (in her parents) – a tough decision for anybody to taken care of.
  • struggle at financial front because Piali is from a middle class family whereas Sathya hails from an affluent high stature family.
    – Struggle at emotional front because Sathya is a topic of gossips among staff members whereas Piali longs to hear and follow what her heart says.

The story is about how these two lovers delve the Love’s Labor and what the outcome is. Will they be able to outshine at professional front? Will they be able to set a equilibrium between professional and personal life? What about their love life? Will they prefer love over family or will they be the bait in the name of rotten cultural inhibitions? Will Piali and Sathya meet?

The characters are realistic yet enjoyable making it a light-hearted read. The plot is easy going plotting love within the lines. I liked the Piali’s mother’s Character the most. Mother’s are truly life saviours and always.

Just two shortcoming related to: First, a few typos that could have been taken care of by the editorial team otherwise it is a nice read. Second, it was a little harder to visualize Bengali and Tamilian families interacting in plain Hindi language. A tinge of local languages could have provided with a little boost and efficacy.