Title: He fixed the match She fixed him

Author: Shikha KumarHe fixed the match she fixed him

Publisher: Vitasta Publishing Pvt. Ltd.

ISBN: 9789382711506

Pages: 284

Book Review

‘Match fixing’, is an alluring yet entertaining concept in itself. Both the players are the best in their forte and they are not willing to give into the other for enjoying the triumph of being the winner i.e. the leader. Ironically, they both often miss the fact that it is about the game and being a supportive team player and not the opponents. Many a times, by the time, they understand this simple strategy the marriage comes to a non-returning end!

Yes, I was sharing my thoughts about ‘marriage’ – the plot on which this story is based. And you thought, I was discussing about the cricket gamble – match fixing! No dear, we were not thinking on the same lines. So, now, to come on same track lemme introduce you my latest read – He fixed the match He fixed him by Shikha Kumar.

This is an interesting romantic tale of a married couple, who are forced into marriage almost unwillingly. I agree that this happens quite often in the society and how does this story stand different from the others in the genre? It does, because you will never come across such a simple but strong plot and a convincing theme, as this one. Two individuals simply become the pawn in the hands of their respective destinies and come across each other only to dig a deep hole for themselves. You remain engrossed in the story to explore how this un-fateful hole becomes the loving abode and love blossoms. Yes, they fix it! And how? You need to find in your copy.

This is author’s first attempt to try her hands on writing a novel and who would believe so? At least I didn’t. Why? This is because she has put in all the elements of a block buster novel including a strong story with strong characters, which is full of twists running a thrilling chill around your flesh while reading and a sweet smile on your lips, a plot that you will easily relate to because it is a development that we all long for in our lives, to be associated with, a reason of the turmoil to create all the hulla-boo, a guiding instinct that keeps the characters going and an enriching account that leaves you with the thoughts motivating enough to restructure your personal thoughts and outlook towards your un-restful life! Yes, she gives you a shake to see the picture from another angle and inspires you to relive your lives, once again.

No, this is no-bragging show in complete sense. This is indeed a sensible story interwoven with loads of emotions that a writer may conceive in best possible manner and readers may perceive to the fullest possible. She has adopted a conversational style of writing that adds to the connectivity with the characters and the suitability of the situations that they land into. The chapters are short and crisp without any unwanted stretching. The descriptions provided only bring it nearer to the actual real-life situations.

The characters are well-balanced and mature with no bull-shit mentality and deeds. Based on the backdrop of Punjabi families, the parents and immediate family members are given due justice and space within the story. Their involvement in guiding the lead characters is very well presented. Their entry and exit with respect to the scenes is very well executed.

In addition to these rather basic elements of writing, you will witness a smart incorporation of marketing strategy by incorporating the sponsor brands – Scavin eyewear, hapytrips.com and bharatmatrimony into the story. Yes, she has taken care of it all, just to entertain you and to make the story yet more entertaining. I must say, she has been successful in this regard as well. Though, at times, I felt as if, the keywords were stuffed purposefully but then, this is how it goes, at least for now.

For more, you need to find it by yourself. As far as my take is concerned – this is a story, driven by revenge but guided by love!

Book Introduction

Shreya – I’m a highly qualified Delhi girl earning an enviable salary. My parents are having a tough time finding a suitable groom for me. However, recently they have a proposal from this very interesting guy from Mumbai. I almost get mesmerised when he starts talking to me. I think I like him very much.

Kunal – I’m owner of a textile company in Mumbai. My Mom wants me to get married. Again. She has recently suggested a suitable girl from Delhi. What my Mom doesn’t know is that I’ve met Shreya before once in my life and I’ve been looking for her ever since. I have a vendetta to settle.

The author takes you along on a journey via roads of revenge, agony, remorse, attraction, titillation, tantalisation and romance. Do Shreya and Kunal make it, or do they fall prey to their past?