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Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora; A Book Review.

18 Jan

Lemon Girl   A review

“It’s all your fault!”

The first line of the book is the theme of this dark disturbing novel on abuse. It is a love story. But this is no chic lit. It is a feminist story. But this is no political treatise. It is a protest story. But there are no ranting polemics.

Jyoti Arora’s second book, the self published Lemon Girl, a slim 168 page story of the destructive power of these words, which puts the onus of crime on the victim, and the spiralling self destructive vortex that can change a bubbling spirited girl into a guilt ridden masochist with suicidal tendencies.

The protagonist is Nirvi, with whom, like the hero and co narrator of the story Arsh, I fell in love. What looked like yet another college romance soon took a stark turn, and the protagonist’s narrative, a look into the tortured mind of a psychologically damaged victim bent on self destruction, sounds uncomfortably real.

A true to life ending would, in nine cases out of ten, be with the pointless and painful end of the victim. But Jyoti has, much to my relief, chosen the tenth. There is light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of love, the hope of which gives Nirvi ( a play on Nirbhaya?) the courage to live, and proclaim; “It is NOT my fault!”

This is a story of the gen Y, of techies and call centres; smart phones and blogs, of gaming and clubbing; of living together and anti corruption movement, but with the ancient shackles of conventional attitudes regarding gender roles, sexuality and morality still ruling their lives.

I do not wish to reveal more of the plot and urge the readers to do so themselves, ordering the book on Amazon or Flipkart, or order it at your friendly neighbourhood bookshop at about Rs 250 or less. It would be worth your time.

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23588660-lemon-girl&#8221; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”Lemon Girl” border=”0″ src=”https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1416398248m/23588660.jpg&#8221; /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23588660-lemon-girl”>Lemon Girl</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5028317.Jyoti_Arora”>Jyoti Arora</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1172197498″>4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />

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13 responses to “Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora; A Book Review.

  1. ashokbhatia

    January 18, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Sounds interesting!

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    • wiseguy from the east

      January 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      it is,

      On Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 5:59 PM, Idyll Dreams of an Idle Fellow wrote:

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  2. Jyoti Arora

    January 18, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks for reading and reviewing my Lemon Girl. I’m so happy to know that you liked the book. Such words of appreciation from someone who himself is such a fabulous writer mean a lot 🙂

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    • wiseguy from the east

      January 18, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      such comments get better reviews :D. As you see all my reviews aren’t sarcastic, Actually your book disturbed me a lot

      On Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 6:33 PM, Idyll Dreams of an Idle Fellow wrote:

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      • Jyoti Arora

        January 18, 2015 at 2:08 pm

        Ok, so I put in a comment that would have got my book a better review after the review has been published. Hmm, I do procrastinate, don’t I? 🙂 But no harm done as the review is already great!

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      • wiseguy from the east

        January 18, 2015 at 5:08 pm

        😊 On 18 Jan 2015 19:38, “Idyll Dreams of an Idle Fellow” wrote:

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      • wiseguy from the east

        January 19, 2015 at 4:24 am

        😊

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  3. Lakshmi

    January 20, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Sounds interesting…. would like to read it…

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    • wiseguy from the east

      January 20, 2015 at 9:36 am

      please do. new authors need encouragement

      On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:09 AM, Idyll Dreams of an Idle Fellow wrote:

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  4. amritaspeaks

    January 21, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    will definitely pick up the book.

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