En route the perfect ending

Neha Sharma reviews Rekha Waheed's new novel.

books Updated: Jul 27, 2011 01:29 IST
Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
Hindustan Times

If he is the bad boy and you are the good girl, you will get burnt,”— the first piece of advice that Yasmin Yusuf, a 30-year-old Desi girl, working in an equity firm in London gets in the book, has become my source for heartbreak advice since I read it. ‘When a man loves a woman, she feels it’ I have promptly told some disillusioned friends, just as Yasmin had told her best friend Bibi.

That’s because it’s easy to relate to Yasmin. She is just one of us. She loves heels, branded clothes, is a great cook, driven, yet wants to settle down with her Bengali boyfriend — though he doesn’t appreciate her much — because it is the honourable thing to do. Yet, (as I hoped) Yasmin breaks up with him when she realises he is not Mr Right. However, she only lands up with her family doing the job for her.


It doesn’t help that she is attracted to her stunning boss Zachary Khan, especially when she is not the only one. You find yourself rooting for Yasmin as she gets neck deep into work saving a failing lingerie brand; weeping for her as she breaks down in front of her father and tells him about her break up and need to get away for a while; and sigh when her father agrees.

Get a copy and keep it on your bedside table, for Rekha Waheed has relationship advise for every situation — she ends Yasmin’s journey with ‘Happy ever after comes to those who chase it’. Right. Waheed is chatty as she tells Yasmin’s story and grips you till she finds her happy ever after. And, somehow, it feels like you have.

First Published: Jul 26, 2011 14:26 IST