For Love and Honour – Anand Ranganathan – Book Review


ForLoveAndHonourGoodreads blurb: Even as Kapil Dev lifts the 1983 World Cup, thousands of miles away, in the dense jungles of Mizoram, a secret mission stands compromised. At a terrible cost. Forced to engage in fierce combat with a group of insurgents, Captain Akhil Mehra loses his right hand. Leaving the army, he arrives at Carlington tea estate, owned by the dignified and wealthy Rai Bahadur, hoping to start a new chapter. His troubles, though, are just beginning. Here he meets Norden, the Rai Bahadur’s reticent and faithful assistant, the beautiful Indrani and wheelchair-bound Ipsita, the Rai Bahadur’s free-spirited daughters, whose cloistered lives are turned-upside down upon his arrival.

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I had a couple of issues with this book right from the outset, and trust me when I say this, the issues were more of my own doing than with the book itself – one, I am not a big fan of the romantic genre of books and two, the blurb doesn’t quite let readers know what the book itself is all about. And in this case, for me, it was a classic case of judging a book by its cover and I got it horribly wrong this time around.

Don’t let me dissuade you from reading the book itself, but the fact is that given that this book firmly falls within the romantic genre, it didn’t work for me at multiple levels. Yes, the book is well written and decently plotted, but the huge mental block I have against this genre worked against the book big time.

And to add to it all, the ending seemed very ambiguous to me and ended up leaving an overall bitter taste to the entire reading experience.

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A review copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in return for an honest and unbiased review of the book.

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