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BOOKSHELF: Anything for you ma?am

The novel itself is an attempt to capture the freshness of youthful romance and revolves around Tejas and Shreya, whose trial and tribulation provides the background for the narrative.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 13:28 IST

Anything for you ma’am
Tushar Raheja
• Price — Rs 100
• Publication — Srishti

Student authors are not uncommon to find these days. We had Kaavya Viswanathan hitting headlines recently though for all the wrong reasons. Before that, there was Chetan Bhagat, also from the IIT. The writer of this book, Tushar Raheja, is also a fourth year student of IIT Delhi.

The novel itself is an attempt to capture the freshness of youthful romance and revolves around Tejas and Shreya, whose trial and tribulation provides the background for the narrative.

Inspired partly by Eric Segal, whose name finds mention in the book, and his phenomenal work, Love Story, the book moves along on predictable lines with the girl’s father trying to keep her away from meeting the boy and the latter overcoming odds to be with his lady love.

But the difference lies in the treatment of the subject. The narrative is devoid of lofty idealism and is centred around what is essentially a student’s life. The lingo and its texture is very close to what students use in colleges and universities.

The interaction that Tejas has with members of his family and his teachers are also something that one can commonly identify with. Shreya’s father has been transferred to Chennai and Tejas makes a brave attempt to be with her.

But the impediment is in the form of a study tour that his department has planned. Tejas devises ingenuous ways of bunking the tour and that includes getting fake wedding card for his brother printed so that he can have an excuse not to go on the tour.

His professor has invented ‘Biobull’, a revolutionary bus that will run on human discharge and provide a somewhat funny but alternate fuel. He even asks his brother to pose as a venture capitalist willing to invest his millions in the project.
There are many such amusing instances in the book. Eventually, Tejas manages to circumvent the odds and is able to meet Shreya.

Though it is clear that Raheja is no Segal, yet the book can be described as a good attempt by someone writing only his first novel.