On the jacket:
When Trisha Mathur leaves Lucknow for Delhi with stars in her eyes, little does she realize how drastically her life is about to transform. In the din and drama of college student politics, she meets debonair politician-in-the-making Vedant Kirloskar, who sweeps her off her feet with his poetry and rakish charm. When irreconcilable differences drive them apart, a broken-hearted Trisha becomes wary of love and men. That is until the dashing tennis star, Abhimanyu, comes along and fills her life with love and laughter. All at once she finds herself in the midst of the glamorous tennis circuit which is in stark contrast to her small-town moorings. Even as Trisha embarks on a path of love and self-discovery, fate brings Vedant back into her life, asking that they rekindle their old romance. Will Trisha dare take a second chance with Vedant or move on to play match point with Abhimanyu? Advantage Love is a compelling and passionate contemporary Indian romance that explores the complexities of love, friendship and career in a woman’s life.
Small town girl, Delhi, Mumbai, JNU, politics, love, heartbreak, tennis, celebrities, family ties, friendships - Madhuri Banerjee's third book Advantage Love has it all. Trisha, our protagionist, comes from a protective nuclear family, an only child from a small(er) town who is now living alone in Delhi and making her own mark. The book begins when Trisha is in college and the plot moves on over the next few years, where she has fallen in and out of love (or so she believes), has started working with UNICEF, her dream organisation and is hopefully smarter than the college girls.
Trisha meets Vedant, a politician's son, in college and they fall in love. After college, Vedant goes back home, to his world and his responsibilities, leaving Trisha and their relationship. Few months later, Trisha meets Abhimanyu and romance blossoms. Abhimanyu, incidentally is one of the country's top tennis players, whose close friend is Leander Paes.Yes, there is an entire chapter with Lee as one of the characters of the story. Anyway, love is blooming between Abhimanyu and Trisha - and Abhimanyu is doing all that Vedant had not - including taking her to meet his family and them loving her. Perfect.
But, like most 20 something girls, Trisha stumbles into Vedant who claims to be still in love with her. Her mind falters and she isn't sure what to do, whom does she really love? Abhimanyu or Vedant?
Advantage Love is a quick, travel read and one of your regular love stories, stories we all have lived sometime. The cover is really attractive, though tennis, comes into the plot only after 100 pages. Genre specific, yet an ideal weekend travel, specially now that we are in the month of love. There was a little bit of information mismatch in between - like when Vedant meets Trisha again, first it's said that he was staying at the hotel, then he asks her to meet at the Sheraton where he is staying and later he confesses to be at the venue hotel for a meeting. What is an important part of the book is how the author has subtly woven life and love gyan into the book, and this I absolutely loved.
Sometimes people fall in love with the idea of marriage more than the idea of being in love. Unfortunately it can ruin a #relationship.
Don't give up what you have today for a commitment u may want in the future.Rating: ***.5/5
[This review is for Rupa Publications. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]