Book: Love Forever @ Rajpath
Author: Kalpana Mishra
Publisher: Srishti Publishers
Price: Rs 195
If only office romances were made up of glossy drama, grim twists and a tear-jerking end, one that has long accustomed the whimsical among us to cozy up to Dawn and Tim (The Office, UK version), Dr Ross and Carol (ER) or Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt (Parks and Recreation).
One finds similar drama in Kalpana Mishra’s Love Forever @ Rajpath, through a tense romance between Shalini and Kartik, both working in different departments in a ministry in Delhi. The narrative, however, spreads out flat in front of us: the government office setting is lost in the story, the plot is dangerously linear and tiring, and the chemistry draws neither intrigue nor a sigh.
It’s a simple story. Shalini, from Delhi, and Kartik, from Bihar, are recruited in the same office on Rajpath and they find themselves drawn to each other. However, Shalini has aspirations, with little faith in marriage, and Kartik has his own share of commitments to family and his traditions in Bihar.
Odds are overcome and love thrives, until familial and personal conflicts intrude. Mishra brings in the tradition of zabariya shaadi (forced weddings, in which eligible boys are abducted or forced to marry) towards the end. Another plot element that falls flat.