Monday, September 2, 2013
Chapatti or Chips? by Nisha Minhas
For twenty-three years, Naina has saved herself for the man her parents have chosen for her to marry. They've chosen well; Ashok is handsome, kind and considerate. Although she's met him only twice, Naina knows he will make a good husband.
Dave, on the other hand, would not. Although, like Ashok, he's good looking and charming, he's also unreliable, thoughtless - and an incorrigible womaniser! Dave is Trouble with capital 'T'. and with six months to go until her wedding day, Naina knows she should keep well away from him. So why can't she stop herself?
I have fun reading about Naina who's so torn between two cultures and between two men. Ashok sounds like the perfect man, except he's the perfect man for her parents. He is not Naina's choice and Dave is Naina's choice but Dave is every womens' nightmare. He's cocky and chauvinistic to the extreme degree. He thinks highly of himself and doesn't believe in love. That's maybe because he was never loved.
The sidekicks in the books are also quite an amusing bunch and added some 'gravy' and 'ketchup'. Although everyone's pretty flat, it's kinda expected for a book such as this.
This is pure chic lite, Indian version. It's quite enjoyable actually although it's rather cliche too. Somehow, I have this naggy feeling that Naina's is the author's alter ego. The way she made her out to be beautiful and super sexy and yet so vulnerable. Traditional yet rebellious. And Dave...totally an unbelievable character. Thinks with his 'other brain' and yet so super rich. The author really went to the market with this one. And her (author's mate) is also named Dave. Coincidence? No way.
For some fun read, Chapatti or Chips? passed the test but expect anything more, you better try another 'dish'. Would I read another Nisha Minhas book? Not likely in the near future but give me a some time and I might.