BOOK REVIEW: Tides don’t cross, Simar Malhotra.

Paperback: 256 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 October 2018)



Sparks fly immediately when Rukmani—fierce and assertive in the best and worst possible ways—meets the gentle Ayaan in the magical city Paris. Meanwhile, back in India, her reticent sister, Mrinalini struggles to cope with the void of a loveless marriage and an early pregnancy.

Tides Don’t Cross follows these extremely interesting characters as their lives cross in surprising ways. Mrinalini, Ayaan and Rukmani wade through choppy tides, unaware of their common destiny. Deeply touching, this is an unforgettable story of thwarted desires, of love and its loss, of losing and finding oneself, and of falling and learning to rise.


Meet Mrinalini who grew up in an environment where everything was dictated and controlled by her mother, Neelam. She respected her mother because she had single-handedly raised Mrinalini and her sister, Rukmani. While Mrinalini grew up to be much like her late father, kind, patient and accomodating, Rukmani was just the polar opposite. She was just like her mother, adamant and unyielding. The way her mother controlled Mrinalini’s life annoyed her. When it was time for Mrinalini to get married, Neelam found a suitor for her without even considering her daughter’s opinion. Within two weeks and two meetings the marriage was finalised. The concept of arranged marriage was beyond Rukmani’s comprehension.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part deals with Mrinalini’s loveless marriage, her early pregnancy. In the second part we get to see how Rukmani and Ayaan fall in love in the magical city of Paris. The last part is where all three of them come together, face their fears and find their destiny. Even though it’s a short read, the author has beautifully portrayed a lot of emotions like love, loss, friendship, passion, ambition, motherhood, etc.

It is such a refreshing read in between all those heavy and hard hitting ones. Its filled with characters that are not perfect and are flawed in their own ways, and that’s what makes them relatable.

If you’re looking for a quick, one-two sitting breezy read then definitely pick this one. I’m looking forward to reading her other works.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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** I received a copy of the book from Rupa Publications in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**


Simar Malhotra is the author of the teen novel There is a Tide. She is studying at Stanford University and is the winner of the Bocock/Guerard Fiction Prize. Her work has been published in the Gold Man Review literary journal and Stanford’s in-house magazine Topiary. When she’s not curled up with a book, she can be found doing Muay Thai or cuddling with all things furry.

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