Book Review of LOve Forever@Rajpath

Love Forever @Rajpath by Kalpana Mishra is a perfect instance of Domestic Novel as most of the Sindhi as well as Bihari society is highlighted. Further, it is a beautiful tale of Shalini and Kartik who happen to meet at the most boring place. But, it is said love has no proper place to bloom, it just happen. Henceforth, this love story takes place at a Government Office.



Cover- The cover of the book is mind blowing and romantic can be better said. The colour scheme is peaceful and somewhere or the other it has the picture of a monument which happens to be in Delhi.

Title- Honestly speaking, the title is bit diverging if you just see there but when you start reading it and come at a page where the literal meaning is delineated, it doesnt look diverging then. It is an apt title.

Plot- The plot is intriguing and revolves around the lives of Shalini and KArtik who are government employees. The way they fell for each other and how they convince their families and fulfill their dreams is rest of the story.

Concepts Highlighted-

Two Communities- This novel covers Sindhi society and Bihari society. The female protagonist, Kalpana belongs to Sindhi community whose family is open minded and has no problems in choosing the partner while on the other hand, Kartik belongs to a conservative society who are staunch followers of caste system and love marriage is considered as a sin in their community. They are rigid about women clothes and are very traditional. So both Shalini and KArtik leave no stone unturned to convince thier families.

Zabaria Shadi- This book has highlighted a concept which is unknown to most of the people and only Biharis are acquainted with this. Zabaria Shadi is a type of marriage in which the groom is forced to marry the girl for which he is beaten, abducted and if something serious happens, he is killed. The author has done a thorough research about it.

Picture of Woman- The author has given us two aspects about women which are both opposite to each other. Firstly, Shalini works at a place where she is the only woman working there and one other woman in the other section. This shows that woman is being accepted everywhere and there is no difference between man and woman. Further, when Shalini went on a trip she was with men and everyone made her feel comfortable, atleast tried their best especially Swami Sir who took extra care of her.

The next incident is totally opposite as when they were travelling, they noticed that there were no women urinals which created a lot of problem for Shalini, for which she had to sneak in someone’s house.

This book at one side show us the society where women are accepted happily but then there is another side of society where women are not allowed to wear jeans and they are staunch about many things related to women.

I even noticed that women are judged everywhere. When Shalini was frank Kartik’s friend told him that Delhi girls use guys and throw them after sometime. If any misunderstanding takes place his judgement starts. The auhor through these incidents wants to give both the sides of the coin and it is well interpreted.

Dowry- Though dowry was not completely involved but talks about it were always there. Kartik was against it while his family strongly believed it. Whereas Shalini and her family was against it. This Zabaria Shadi episode took place because of this thing only.

Characterisation- The author has beautifully portrayed the characters. Shalini is an extrovert who is free to make her decisions. he loves her family and in return they also respect her independence and decisions. Whereas, Kartik is an introvert and takes a lot of time to express his thoughts. His family is conservative and staunch believers of caste system, Dowry and customs.

STyle- THe book is written in a simple, lucid language which is easy to comprehend. There are certain lines which makes us laugh while some makes cry. The book is written in omnicient narrative. The descriptions are  well written and explained. One can visualise the situations. There were minute typo errors which can be easily corrected but the heavy issues discussed here surpasses this.

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About the Author



Kalpana Mishra is a Deputy Director in the Government of India. She’s also a visiting faculty to a number of government institutes, schools, colleges and universities, spreading awareness about various issues like gender sensitisation at work place, other gender issues, communication skills, etc. She’s a contributor reviewer and blogger on various blogging sites and her short stories, poems and articles have been published in leading publications. Her varied interests include acting, writing, voicing and sports. She stays in Delhi with her husband and two kids.

The Investigator Series- An overview

The Investigator Series  Arya- A New Beginning is a crime thriller written by Arvind Narsimha. In this book the author has used his art of writing magnificently. The way the characters are picturised and woven can leave you spell bound. I am happy to announce that this is the 100th book that I have read and my record to complete 100 books in a year is completed within 7 months. It feels amazing and I am greatful to the author as it was an interesting read. Lets know more about it together :

Cover- The cover of will surely grab your attention and would give a perfect hint that it is story that surely invovles a cop or a detective in it.


Title- This book has a title and a sub title. The title surely says that it is some series which will continue hence its ‘The Investigator Series’ whereas the sub title ‘ Arya- A New Beginning’ tells us that the character involved is surely Arya in it.

Plot- The author has done a tremendous job in the plot construction. The plot has a sub plot where in the middle it gets merged wit the main plot. From the start the sub plot takes over where Abinaya’s life story is being delineated, her struggles and the twists in her life which soons starts with the main plot where Arya’s entry takes place who is a cop and has a dark past which we are told in the middle of the story, that too a touch of it. This clearly shows that there is more to it and we will know about in the next book. When NRI Lenish is murdered both these plots come together to give us a proper lead.

Theme- The story of illicit relationships can be focussed on for now. Abinaya is an ambitious lady who falls for Srinivasan, her friend and later on she gets linked to Lenish but in all this she has a dreadful story which may affect the readers. But these things can never justify her actions. Her actions take away the lives of her husband, Natraj, her friend, Srinivasan, her boss, Avinash and Lanish.

The secret bond of Shivani and Arya is shown where they seem to like each other but their love has not been revealed , maybe that is stored for the next book.

The broken relationships is been strongly elucidated. Abinaya and Natraj’s strained relationship makes us pitty her. She is treated like badly and molested all the time. This results in her closeness to Srinivasan.

Srinivasan’s personal life is strained because his wife Hasini ask him get checked as they are not able to have a baby. The male ego comes between and he seeks refuge in Abinaya which results in their illicit relationship.

Shivani’s broken relationship is seen where she lives as a single mother and keeps herself indulged in her work. She has all the hatred for the male sex but when Arya enters her life, her mind goes a change which is not ready to accept.

Characterisation- The author has beautifully delineated his characters. I would add that he has cleverly manipulated his characters according to the story. There were many characters but all has their roles to play and my special favourites were Arya and SHivani. Coming to the negative ones, I felt Natraj was villainous, Avinash was selfish, Lanish was womaniser but Hasini can’t be called as a villain as her actions are according to the situation and Abinaya too comes in that category. But Srinivasan was a complicated character and it was hard to make any conclusions about him. He was a round character. There were other characters who helped these people in the plot progress.

Style- The style of the author is simple, lucid and clear. There were no jargons or poetic structures. The narrative was third person followed by impersonal descriptions. The adding of mystery, suspense sounded flavourous. There were no editing errors just a minute ones which can be easily ignored. I would like to Salute the author for writing this fantabulous novel.


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About the Author

This is the debut novel for the author, Arvind Narsima Mourty. The author lives in the beautiful Pondicherry along with his wife and daughter. He left a lucrative jon to pursue a dream and a quest to become a celebrated writer. His area of interests lay largely in adventures and mysteries. An avid reader and a prolific writer, he has won many prizes and kudos for the creative writing. He has written many dramas, stories and poems that were performed during the memorable years of school and college. ew of his favourite writers include Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Chetan Bhagat, Ashwin Sanghi, and Amish Tripathi. Other than reading and writing,he loves to cook and extensively travel. The Investigator Series is the outcome of his interest in mystery and detective stories. “Arya – A  New Beginning” is the first part of the investigator series. The other parts will follow soon.