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Book Review: A Knotty Affair by Dhaval Jinadatt

by Enakshi Johri

Title of the Book: A Knotty Affair
Author: Dhaval Jinadatt
Publisher: Frog Books (
Rating: 2/5

Life is unfair most of the times. Does that mean one should give up hope and desires? ‘A Knotty Affair’ is a story about Viraj Sargaokar, who bears the brunt of his family background and is bullied and looked down upon by his friends in his college. The plot entwines many incidents but finally reaches the love lake. The story of Viraj and his love, Ruhi, is nothing new.

Though a short read, the story lacks a stronger grip to hold the attention of the readers. With a not-so-relevant cover design and crude formatting and editing, the book fails to leave a lasting impression. The story is relatable yet the casual tone and simple dialogues don’t serve as the feast for the mind.

The current trend of penning down anything and everything is followed so religiously that the readers have lost hope of reading anything fresh and new. ‘A Knotty Affair’ sounds true yet language is too unpolished. There are statements like ‘Viraj please apply some mind, you can join into some other batch’; these have been wrongly punctuated and the vocabulary usage is negligible. What one speaks is what one can easily spot in the book. The storyline is fine but the lengthy dialogues and too-much-detailed explanation of everything acts as a turn off. The monologues fail to add spice to the content presented.

The book lacks proper editing and proofreading as one can encounter punctuation errors (tenses, wrong use of apostrophe), missing words, and wrong formation of sentences- time and again.

Overall, a good effort by the author!
Best wishes!

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