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Book Review- Yashodhara Lal- When Love Finds You

was recently told by an upcoming Indian author that my book reviews seldom present any Indian author and his book in positive light. Probably this is true, but it isn’t something I do with a pre-conceived notion or thought. At the beginning of 2016, when people were signing up for reading challenges on Goodreads, I took up a relatively different kind of challenge, of reading more Indian authors. We do have a fairly large publishing industry in our country, which churns out books by the dozens every month. Sadly, by the end of the year, I must say that I am a tad disappointed. 

Except for a few books, most of them aren’t really great literary pieces. Don’t get me wrong here. There is enough talent among Indian authors. There are decent story lines, and the comprehension and writing is fine too, considering English isn’t really the mother tongue of most. Yet, clearly, most books failed to leave a lasting impression. That magic, story tellers need to weave into their story to ensure readers are able to take something of the book when that last page is turned over, is missing. Most books are strewn with editing errors too.

Many authors, whose first book was a fantastic read, have failed to create the same impression with their subsequent ones. Yashodhara Lal’s latest book “When Love Finds You” is one such book. I loved her first book,Just Married, Please Excuse. It was a decent blend of humor and brilliant story telling. However, her latest book isn’t  anywhere close to this. 

Natasha, the protagonist in “When Love Finds You” is the strong willed working woman. She is the badaas boss, and she literally pushes her sub-ordinates to their limits to perform and bring in sales numbers. She is single and is sure that she has her life under control. At this moment enter, two new people into the office space, and into her life- Rishabh and Nikhil. Both are her superiors, smart and the entire office seems to drool over their looks. But things turn out a little different for Natasha as she begins to detest one, and the relationship with the other takes on a whole new form. Taking it on from here the book explores the emotional turmoil of Natasha, and how life teaches her to make some important decisions.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part is an over stretched corporate saga, strewn with characters with no relevance. The second part delves into Natasha’s relationships. I liked the way the transformation in her is portrayed here, from the badaas girl to a mellower person. She sure is the tough boss, but she needs a bit of love and care too. The story actually picks up momentum from the third part onwards. I loved the way Yashodhara subtly highlights the stigma attached with a single successful woman. They are often considered vulnerable and face challenges in the form of sexual harassment too.

I wouldn’t really say the story line is something new, though I did like parts of it. It’s got a fairly predictable ending, and doesn’t really leave a lingering feeling after that last page is closed. Yashodhara Lal’s latest surely failed to impress!!

About the Author:

Yashodhara Lal is an IIM-Bangalore graduate who has worked across FMCG, technology and media companies, most often in marketing and most recently in leading corporate social responsibility for a large MNC. She is also a fitness instructor and a yoga and music enthusiast and lives in Gurgaon with her three loud children and perpetually bemused husband. Her bestselling titles include Just Married, Please Excuse (2012), Sorting Out Sid (2014) and There’s Something About You (2015). She is also working on a children’s book, Peanut has a Plan, due for release in 2016. When Love Finds You is Yashodhara’s fourth book.


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  • Tarang Sinha

    Heard a lot about that. I have read Sorting Out Sid, and I found it interesting, especially I like humour in her writing. But, I haven’t read her first book. I’ll read it. Her last release, There’s Something About You and this book sound similar.

    • Me Otherwise

      HI Tarang, Except for sorting out Sid I have read all her books. She does have humor in her writing, which was enjoyable in her first one. Btu withe the latest one, the humor was absent. It’s not exactly similar with theres something about you.

  • Shilpa Gupte

    I haven’t read any by Yashodhara Lal as yet. I have read some Indian authors, out of which I may have found just a couple interesting. I need to find the story gripping right from the first page, which sadly most Indian authors fail at.

  • My Era

    I quite agree with you on Yashodhra Lal’s recent books failing to leave a lasting impression. The last book I read was ‘There’s Something About You’ and it didn’t quite work for me.
    Looks like I’d give this one a miss.

  • Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    I can understand what you said. These days, I try to avoid Indian authors as well. I’m tired of Hinglish, at the first place… 🙁

    Yasodhara Lal’s previous publication, “Sorting Out Sid” was poorer than her first one, and, now it seems, this one is far, far away from the magic of story-telling she created in JMPE.

  • menakabharathi

    Yes, I second you about lesser gripping nature of Indian authors. One reason for this I find is the booming self publishing industry, these people help authors to publish without much thought on whether it is good or bad. Earlier times the publishing companies got all the books thoroughly edited before they went to press, this is not so now
    Menaka Bharathi has recently published

    • Me Otherwise

      Thats true Menaka, except for a hand few publishers, most of the publishers surely need to look at a strong editorial team.

  • Maliny Mohan

    Oh, that is sad. Since you recommend her first book, I shall go forward with that 🙂 And you are right about the literary scenarion in our country. Few books leave behind a lasting impression in our minds. I wonder why, even when they are written in good language. The growth of the publishing industry is impressive. One can only hope for this phenomenon to last, so that it churns out better books in the future.

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