Taara Maheshwari, a single woman in her thirties and a successful lawyer, is tough from outside but a die heart fan of romantic movies from inside.
She grew up seeking her “happily ever after’ but amid various heartbreaks and culture of modern age short term relationships,her belief in “true connections” got replaced by the comfort of being “emotionally disconnected.”
After she turned 31, her parents persuaded her into meeting a guy for marriage who sounded just perfect for her. Acting on impulse,she told her parents that she would meet him only if they let her go on atrip to Europe.
As Taara went on to explore the world, she experienced what actually happens when a single Indian girl travels to Europe all by herself. Is it only about dancing, singing or falling in love? What happens after you fall in love? Does love conquer all? Only her story would tell.
One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.
The first thing that made me awe was the cover of the book. It looks to be wonderfully designed keeping in mind the asthetics of a travelogue or the diary of a traveler. Kudos to the creator.
I had an initial thought the book is on the similar lines of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ but I was proved wrong.
Taara is just another girl like you and me who is in her early thirties. She has a modern upbringing and self-determining nature. The way she is described projects a girl next door image, but she sounds detained deep inside by the heart. She is a confused person who does not know what she wants.
After being crushed in two break ups, the girl grabs the opportunity to strike a deal with her father putting her future on stake and wanting to go on a solo trip. So, what does the trip have in store for her.
The trip which starts as a journey of exploration finally ends in rediscovering herself but now a strong woman. The cover gives you the feel that the book is about the places she visits but you are in for a surprise.
Every happening in life is a lesson and everything happens for a reason and every person whom we come across has a part to play.
Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eyes, that is where we realize love is what we feel and can be felt with memories too. The author has done complete justice to this.
The plot had a lucid narration to support and a let go feel which was commendable. An addition of a chapter of her life after the return from trip could have been added.
Love like you’ve never been hurt aptly complemented her. The novel is a light read and a good book to be carried on a journey.
The writing style was simple and lucid, with not much of a clichéd drama. Most places had a Bollywood reference which gives it a more Indie feel. In fact, the author’s description about the various places takes you on an imaginary solo travel.
Takes us women, on a trip of self-realization is this book in short. Go ahead and grab your copy.
I finished this book in a day, such intriguing was the way the author had written it.
“As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are!”
“If you never go, you will never know!”, so get ready and pack your bags.
Author: Neha Bindal
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
No Of Pages: 175
Genre: Romance,Travel Diary
Cover- 4.5 stars
Title- 4 stars
Blurb- 4 stars
Plot- 4 stars
Writing and Presentation- 4 stars
Overall- 4.5 out of 5 stars
The book is available on Amazon.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Neha Bindal is a chartered accountant and PGDBA and has changed four companies in her six years of corporate career.She takes life with a pinch of salt and a pitcher of margarita.She is an impulsive traveler,avid reader,part time writer and a full time dreamer.
She is also the first women from Laxmi nagar to fly solo across khardunga La pass(Leh) without oxygen. She has decided to open a cafe there and inspire people to “Netflix znd chill” when there is no oxygen by sipping freshly brewed half baked coffee.
Her philosophy of life is simiilar to Paul Walker.If you can’t have fun,there is no point doing it.