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Title: Dinner Date

Author: Ishaan Lalit

Publisher: Authors Empire Publication

ISBN: 978-81-9264-806-4

Pages: 180

Price: Rs. 140/-

My Review:

‘Dinner Date‘ by Ishaan Lalit is an appealing read full of charm and magnetism and carries a young feeling breeze. The most striking element of the book is its cover page that is, nothing like any other book in same genre or based on similar plot (or theme). The lively colour and an all set dinner table with intriguing blurbs are just faultless ingredients for setting up the mood for a dinner date.

What more could anyone ask for? Without much ado – I was in!

Dinner Date‘ is an interesting narrative from Sam’s (the narrator) perspective with a dinner date ploy – with ‘Malika’. Although, she has come to a date with him but she is not much impressed (or say certain about him). She has heard that Sam is a twenty some man‼!

The story starts, as she is being adamant to leave, all influenced by her pre-conceived notions. She is getting late (this is just a lame plea) but Sam gets successful in convincing her and she agrees stay for a few more minutes.

Why did she give in? Because he makes a deal that (if she stays) he would narrate his story to her and if she does not likes it she is all free to leave but the catch is just sitting for fifteen minutes more. She gets agrees (so do I) and story moves forward.

Here, I would like to bring up a piece of information that even though I was intended to read the account with Sam’s standpoint but his charismatic writing style influenced me so much that I at all times, found it hard to sustain a reader’s angle and ALWAYS stepped in Malika’s shoes.

The story develops as he continues to take her further down the memory lane of his childhood days. Malika and I, both were flabbergasted to find that he was narrating his account way back when he was just twelve years old! However, he was smart enough to grab our attention and grip us well in his wordily charm and we went flowing along with him.

This was the time when he stumbles upon the first girl (read it as the first kiss‼!) of his life that, after an incident, portrayed and promoted him as a ‘Gay’, way back in school.

Sadly, he was not one, then why did she address him so?

The ‘Gay’ label followed him even to the high-status law school in Simla – a professional Law degree college. There too, he was brawling about his sexuality that he was not a gay, at least during those initial days. With the course of time, he manages to prove his masculinity (Awww!). How did he manage?

For this, you need to turn a few pages and trust me they are worth a read and a funny roller-coaster ride with all the college level tomfoolery. Believe me; you will revive your college day’s memoirs with this. At least, I did!

We all know that no college story is complete if it is lacking in a few chapters namely;

Chuddy Buddies (here, they were his batch-mates – Ram and Rohit)

A club (here, it is a Golfclub),

A romantic angle (here, it is principal’s daughter, Aditi) and

A godfather – one who plays a pivotal role and metamorphosed the boy to a man, a responsible and a charming man (here, he is Alex, who inspires Sam and mends his image to a charming man).

Who is Alex? How was he able to bond with him so well? He is the most important and influential character in the story. Alex has a two-way connection with Sam – both academically (or say professionally) and personally too.

Am I confusing you more? Believe me; I am not, by any means.

Obviously, I will not share this with you. Not because I wish to hold the twists of the story but because I am, confident that he will not leave you untouched with his ‘Midas Touch’ and ‘Pearl of Wisdom’ that he gifts in his teachings.

The book is full of interesting incidents from college life, golf-club tussles, moot-court sessions and an essence of love and journey of a lad from being a college hero to a wittingly smart professional – a successful lawyer. A lawyer, whom his every single competitor considered, was a threat to his well-settled reputation.

One question that kept haunting all through the reading is – ‘Was it necessary to discuss to WOE a girl’?

Really, was it required at all? Why was Malika so interested in his personal bragging? Above all – who is she? Now, this question makes this book a worthwhile read. Is our hero in a honey – trap or is he on a dinner date?

A slapstick answer to Ishaan’s dissatisfied readers who questioned his writing skills. A worthy and a recommended read and no-doubt, awaiting his next.

Official Synopsis:

Sam Thomas, today he is charming, well-dressed, successful lawyer, but he was not always so. He was a goofy, clueless, awkward young man, and, the first time a beautiful girl kissed him, he ran away screaming, which led to the rumours that he was a gay. When he tried to put the rumours to sleep, he only ended up getting into worse trouble and got beaten up by the schools gymnastics team.

Dinner Date is the story of one evening, when Sam recounts his story, and tells of how he and his friends, Ram and Rohit, go from one fiasco to another in their law school, from almost getting expelled to meeting his estranged godfather, to falling in love with the Dean’s daughter. The trio fumbles through all obstacles comically.

Dinner Date is a love caper, set amidst moot courts, law school, politics and family secrets.

About the Characters:

Samuel Thomas (a.k.a. Sam): The protagonist. He is today a smart and successful lawyer but he was not so earlier.

Ram and Rohit: Sam’s batch-mates and his best pals.

Aziz Ansari: Former college principal who later on becomes his first employer and then his first competitor as well.

Alexander Fernandez (a.k.a. Alex): Golf club dean, Sam’s mentor cum god-father.

Aditi: New principal’s daughter and who after an initial tussle becomes Sam’s lady love.

Rohit: Former golf-club captain and Villain of the story

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