On the jacket:
Childhood sweethearts, good - looking Jimmy Cooper and plain Jane Mehroo Nasarwanji are now 'grown up' twenty - somethings. While Mehroo is loyal and crazy about Jimmy, Jimmy is anything but loyal and crazy about everything else but Mehroo. So while Jimmy charms his way through life naive Mehroo tries every trick in Pizzazz magazine to seduce her man. Will Mehroo come out of her shell and discover her true self ? Will Jimmy look beyond himself? Packed with colourful characters and a racy plot, the forbidden fruit is about two very different people who grow up together, learn about love and discover who they really are.
I picked up Vrushali Telang's He Loves Me Not for two main reasons: I *love* Bawas and in my opinion a book by a journalist can rarely ever be bad. Both the reasons prove to be correct and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.
A story about the residents of Narielwala Mansion, a society where most residents are Parsis. The protagonists are Jimmy Cooper and Mehroo Nasarwanji, childhood friends and now bed buddies. Their fathers are best friends and while Jimmy's mother left him and his father; Mehroo's mother died when the girl was 12. Being brought up without a mother, has affected both of them, in different ways. While Mehroo, a plain Jane, devoted her life to loving Jimmy, he on the other hand turned vain owing to his good looks and used her as an ATM.
He Loves Me Lot is a very well-written plot, characters are well-defined and the events smooth moving. Interesting events have been added and they have been kept realistic. Towards the end of the book, the section where AN comes looking for Ritu and then he finds her with Jimmy's help, was not really needed. It could have been done without, or the climax a bit more deep spun.
The hidden Bawi in me loved reading the dialogue, and every time Porus, Dinshaw, Pesi etc spoke, I missed my Bawa friends.
An easy, fun read.
[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]