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Review: Of Dreams

books Updated: Jan 14, 2012 05:56 IST

Aditi pant, Hindustan Times
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Of Dreams

Author: Aditi Talwar Sodhi

Publisher: Pustak Mahal

Price: Rs.150

Three friends in an urban set up caught in a web of desires. Sounds familiar? Sure. Of Dreams has an all-too-familiar trapping of ‘contemporary story of urban youth’. But, the book scores better than others in two aspects — one, the story takes an in-depth and layered look at the three women protagonists; and two, the story structure is slick and keeps things engaging without going over-dramatic. The flow of the book is smooth, though some grammatical errors are jarring and should have been done away with.

The book deals with intertwining stories of three friends — Payal, Amrita and Aarti — who have different aspirations in life, but get thrust into a societal quagmire. The pace, though, slackens in the second half. The story also weaves contemporary societal issues like gender discrimination and recession into the narrative which makes the book highly relatable.

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