Book: With Love, Candy by Archana Amaragandhi
|4 stars, 1 review on Amazon|
Archana Amaragandhiabout this book: This novel is written as a doll's, Candy's narration of its owner's life, a little girl Shalini, who grows into an adolescent and an adult as Candy sees it. The author has brought forth a lot of debatable thoughts and arguments that restrain the progress of life in social India through characters such as Roshan, Karan and Priya who are as unique as you and me. Not just the protagonists but every supporting character in the novel has a mixture of good and bad as regular non-super-hero-ish humans do. Each define a particular aspect of the joint society belief and when given from Candy's perspective who is neutral to all natures and nations would make the reader put his finger on his temple and think twice.
There is an all-pervading blend of wit with a pinch of lust, while in the side-lines addressing the social system in India, this story on human irregularities would sink in smoothly just like a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down.
The author admits that this is not purely a work of fiction like she would want you to believe. Neither is it entirely a true story. Let's call it a work of fiction inspired from real life characters but using sufficient liberality in including imagination and driving the point home.
For Indians who want to re-live their teenage and twenties, this is the book for you. For non-Indians who want to know the way of life of the Indian youth of the 90s, you wouldn't be disappointed reading this book.
With love, Candy is a cocktail of a toy story, love story and a canvas of characters, mixed to perfection by Candy and served with love. Welcome to the non-sci-fi, non-fantasy world of a few human beings, and their safely concealed alter-ego, revealed by a doll with human intelligence.
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