Title: The Activist and the Capitalist
Subtitle: An Unlikely Love Story
Author: Vibha Batra
‘The Activist and The Capitalist’ – the title is attention grabbing and so is the plot. Indireads has always been committed to serve variety to its readers and here is a fresh bloom this spring. It has an attractive and enticing cover page as always. I am a huge fan of their art work. It is always inviting and intriguing that you cannot refrain yourself for long to check what is packaged inside!
As soon as I read the title, I was attracted and I kept wondering how would the author balance the two very contrasting themes i.e. Romance and professionalism. I know the combo is not any new introduction in the literary world but it’s a deadly one. Not all the writers are capable enough to jazz up the professional environment with romantic air. Vibha has metamorphosed this damn duo to a tantalizing trio by incorporating the spicy seasoning of being an activist. The outcome – power packed!!!
The activists and the capitalists are antagonist personalities and springing love between them needs skill. With Vibha walking by your side, you will not fall short in your expectations. The characters – Jai and Anusha are well etched and their personalities well crafted. Nowhere any of the traits are intermingled to create any sassy circumstances or build up some creepy suspense. Rather, she has taken a logical approach in drafting her story. The catch is a twist between the two which they attend in their signature styles without hampering or tempering each other’s image. Read the story to find how their destinies invites them and lands them on ironical front gates of a new world where it is not easy for them to embrace each other but they continue to walk hand-in-hand. Irony beautified!
Other than this, what I personally liked the most was the very aspect that we should not stay confined within our perceptions based in pre-conceived notions of the others. People (read it as personalities) are much more beyond what society identifies them with, especially if they are based on hearsay keeping aside the truth and the stark realities of life. Similarly, Jai and Anusha are simple human beings deep within their hearts who crave for love, respect and trust but are misled by the people around. Are you the passengers of the same boat? Read the book, twice and realize that grass only seems to be greener on the other side but actually, it is not. Open the gates of your brains and unleash the power of TRUTH and TRUE LOVE.
The course their life takes to make them meet, greet and back on feet forms the foundation of the story. Frankly speaking, at times, I found it pretty obvious but then, she had suspense to disclose by the end and this was the particular reason that kept my eyes glued and mind interested in reading.
She chose to use simple language and easy tone in her writing which in turn helps in establishing an almost instant connection with the readers. I am confident that she will conquer hearts of readers with ease and secure a place there.
About the Book
“I’m not drunk – just a litt-le high.”
On a magical moonlit night, Jai and Anusha meet and fall in love. When they meet again however, they discover that Jai is the crass capitalist developing Rasa Vihar, the heritage building that Anusha and her NGO are fighting to protect. Inevitably they clash, with neither willing to concede to the other. The problem is that although publicly they are enemies, in private, they are wildly attracted to each other. – but when secrets and betrayals enter the equation – things really begin to get out of control.
Will the Activist and the Capitalist ever be able to find common ground?
An exciting love story, set in Chennai from the best-selling author of Sweet Sixteen.