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October 25, 2014 / subramanyam

The One You Cannot Have

They say that  there is only one happiness in life “To love and be loved“.  However, not every love story ends in joy, in many of the real life love stories we see that  the people involved are forced to face the tough realities of life. These unhappy endings destroy many lives and leave many people heart-broken.  Don’t they ? Preeti Shenoy deals this very same issue in her book “The one you cannot have“.  Here is the blurb of the book . (Picked it from Good Reads.)

The front cover of the book

The front cover of the book

How long does it take to heal a broken heart? Can you ever forget that one perfect relationship you had?

Anjali knows who she wants, she wants Aman. Aman too knows who he wants, he wants Shruti. Shruti and Aman were once inseparable. Theirs was a love that would last forever and more. Then, out of the blue, Shruti left Aman. A devastated Aman moved abroad in the hope of forgetting Shruti and to heal. Shruti married Rishabh.

Now Aman is back in India and looking for a fresh start. But he is still haunted by memories of his love. Can he ever break free from it? His head tells him to move on, to find love with Anjali, but his heart wont listen. No matter what he does, Shruti’s shadow looms large. Can there be a happily-ever-after for any of them?

A straight-from-the-heart modern-day romance of unrequited love, of complicated relationships and about moving on when you realise that there will always be the one you cannot have.

Life has its own  myriad ways doesn’t it ? Aman Mathur has almost buried his past, he left it behind, he forgot his old love, his break up and all the memories associated with it (at least he thinks so).  Just as he thought that it was all over and was a forgotten chapter of  his life, an incident happens, this one incident changes his life, it  reminds him of his past and leaves him shattered.  Meanwhile, some 4470 miles away from him, in Mumbai,  Shruti is having as seemingly good married life with Rishabh.  They are married for 2 years now. The husband and wife are understanding each other, fighting with each other, having moments of joy and sorrow  and are adjusting to demands of the married life.   What does fate have in store for this seemingly happy couple?  What would be the repercussions on both of them?

Unperturbed by all this is Anjali, the bubbly, happy and enthusiastic girl who writes for an awesome magazine and lives in Bangalore. She is smitten by Aman and is eagerly waiting for his return to India.  Then we have Deepika,  a distant relative of Anjali who is getting bored with her married life.  How do all these people interact? How does fate bring all of them together ? What are the events that are going to churn and stir their lives? Read the book for all the answers.

To me the best part of the book is the message.  We cannot control certain things in our lives, these things might make our lives fall apart.  We see many people becoming mad and insane just because certain things went out of control in their lives.  They would become mad and end up in  mental asylums because they did not get the boy or the girl they wanted.  Some people kill themselves out of this depression, some remain prisoners of the past just because of this.  This

The Author -- Preeti Shenoy

The Author — Preeti Shenoy

book handles this delicate subject and puts a different spin to things. It gives us a message that if the situations are handled in a more matured way all these lives can be saved.  It asks us to move on as the factors are out of our control.  Yes, the pain is huge and unfathomable,  but the life is much bigger and much more valuable than that.  I really loved the maturity all the lead characters in the book exhibit and the way they handle the situations.  This book does not place us in an ideal world, it is a story that can happen to our next door neighbors and solutions it gives are also very very practical. I really liked that aspect of the book.

Coming to the other aspects,  I would not say that the story is fast paced but then it is not too slow either.  At times you would feel that the story has drag but then it is not much of a deterrent.  Preeti took extra care in etching her characters in this book and that shows up as characters behave in more and more matured fashion as the plot progresses. I also liked the way she got a lot of messages conveyed to the audience in the form of articles from Anjali. May it be Anjali’s premonitions or Deepika’s wooing of Aman,  Preeti’s  eye for the detail comes out in number of places in the book.  That eye for detail is something a reader would definitely enjoy.

Coming to the negatives, I did not find too many of them in the book.  I found that the pace of the story was coming down.  I cannot be sure of that as I was reading this book in a single go (for about 4 hours ) while waiting for a train.  So cannot say much about that.  At times I did feel that things were getting too emotional, I am sure many in the male audience would have similar thoughts.  One might feel that it is becoming too emotional and might want to take a break from reading.

I always think twice before picking novels that fall into the genre of  relationships and romance.  I get bored too quickly while reading romance and  I am always afraid that I might leave the stuff in the middle.  Till now, books by Preeti Shenoy have proved to be an exception. I have read the book Life is what you make it  and was really impressed by the way Preeti wrote it.  Now you know my views on “The One You Cannot Have“.  Looking forward for some more good works of Preeti Shenoy.

I should also thank Kavya, it was her review that made me go ahead with this book .


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  1. Anit Sharma / Dec 20 2014 6:13 pm

    writing skills of the author was not impressive.anyhow the story plot is very decent one one star for that.Good for the one who’s currently in unrequited love.


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