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Book Review: A Drop of You by Krishna Chhetri

by Enakshi J

Title: A Drop of You
Author: Krishna Chhetri
Publisher: Quignog Publishers
Rating: 2.5/5

"Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you." — Bob Marley

Love is not planned. It just happens when you least expect it. Love is like that uninvited guest who finds a way to your heart in the course of time. Lucky are the ones who seize the moment and live in the moment. But not everyone understands the true meaning of this emotion.

‘A Drop of You’ is a mushy love tale that aims at depicting how pure love is! Love, in all its entirety, is a sublime form of emotion that bridles the heart and makes you go weak in the knees. For starters, that is love for Karma, the protagonist. He meets Ghazal, a prudent and poised young girl, and falls head over heels in love with her. Knowing that the way to Ghazal’s heart is not that smooth, he tries to impress her with his mawkish ode to love (or so I think). The book is a confluence of exaggerated narrative and some fine-rhyming poems. There is no doubt that the poems add to the flow of the narrative, yet the use of onomatopoeia and interjections time and again seemed a little mind-boggling. While love between Karma and
Ghazal blossoms, Diana, the pivot around which the story revolves, realizes her love for Karma, thereby paving the way for a cliched love triangle.

Unforeseen circumstances change Karma’s fate and he ends up sabotaging his relationship with Ghazal. Karma’s dilly- dally state of mind often tends to vex the readers. His long recitals often succeed in creating a facade that is then torn apart in the next few pages. Diana, as a very eloquent friend, passes the muster with her powerful evocative dialogues. Even though it is quite evident right from the beginning that Karma and Diana are meant to be together, the author somehow, for no obvious reason, tries to add the element of confusion using Ghazal’s character.

There are grammatical errors in the book and some of them cannot be ignored. I really wished that the book was properly edited. Secondly, the baffling blurb might mislead the readers as it doesn’t give any clear cut idea about the storyline. Nevertheless, the compelling narrative and fast pace of the novella will keep readers hooked. The twist in the climax is something that I really liked in this book.

Overall, this book is a treasure house of emotions and feelings. The title is apt as it is truly a drop of love that can change the course of your life.

Best wishes to the author!

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