Reviews

Man of Her Match, Sakshama Puri Dhariwal.

Kicked off the team for a series of misdemeanours, Indian cricket s bad boy Vikram Walia finally has a chance at redemption. The only problem: it involves collaborating with his childhood best friend turned sworn enemy, Nidhi Marwah. Once a tomboy, now a gorgeous, self-assured marketing professional, Nidhi must put aside her personal dislike of Vikram and leverage his unparalleled fame and poster-boy good looks for her latest campaign. But the ensuing battle of sardonic jibes and veiled slurs only heightens their blazing chemistry. Soon memories of their past fill their present, pulling them back to that fateful day when a heartless act destroyed their friendship. Can Vikram and Nidhi put their stormy history behind them? Will their partnership have a second innings?

I have read a lot of cheesy romance novels by Indian authors, and at the end decided against it. So, to begin with I was really skeptical about reading this book. But this book genuinely surprised me.

The story begins with eight year old Nidhi Marwah, a tomboy, who lives in Delhi with her father, Balraj Marwah, her dog, Odie and her trio of comrades Mahendra Rao, the driver, Mangal Singh, the cook and Bhimsen Thapa, the guard. She loves playing cricket with the trio. But, she has never had a friend of her age, and she gets really excited when a boy arrives next door and she notices his cricket kit. Vikram Walia, the grandson of her neighbour, Mrs Walia, has moved from Mumbai to Delhi after the death of his parents. She is determined to make friends with him. So, slowly a great friendship blossoms between the two. When they are fourteen, an event changes their life entirely. She feels he broke her heart and he feels the same way. They both hate each other so much and Vikram moves out of Delhi.

Twelve years later, Nidhi is the Senior Brand Manager of News Today. Once a tomboy, now a gorgeous, self-assured marketing professional. Risha and Tanvi are her best friends. And, there are a lot of other small characters which are written so beautifully. Nidhi is working on her dream project, a chance to prove herself and move towards her goal. Aamir Khan, the original Brand Ambassador of the EducateIn campaign cancels because of other commitments and Vikram Walia is the replacement.

Vikram Walia, the boy who led the under 19 team to world cup win. After a series of misdemeanours, he has been banned by BCCI and a disciplinary hearing has been scheduled, so his manager Monty decides that doing this campaign for free would help restore his reputation. So, that is how Nidhi and Vikram meet after twelve years. Will they set aside their past and work together for the campaign? Read to find out.

I really enjoyed the book. The story is relatable to an extent.  Not just the romance part but the relationship between Nidhi and her father. With journal entries, timelines, the story is written in such a way that you exactly know how even young Nidhi and Vikram felt. It is definitely a quick,easy and fun read. If you’re in a reading slump, this will definitely help you get out of it. I highly recommend it.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books India (July 20, 2017)

 

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