The Love Asana – A Book Review


What better day to post a review of a Mills n Book than on Valentine’s Day?

The Love Asana by Milan Vohra

The Love Asana by Milan Vohra

In January, when the publishers offered me a copy of this book to review, I just had to leap at the opportunity. There was a brief period during my teenage years, when I devoured M & Bs (as we called it). My friends and I had our favorite authors and we would hotly debate on which authors books were superior, and which ones were pure trash…Ah, the good times, when we actually had the time and energy to argue such things πŸ™‚

Anyway, back to the book. This is the first M & B book set in India, with an Indian storyline and setting, and written by an Indian author. The latter is the most important aspect. There are tons of these romance novels that feature men of Asian origin (usually a Sheik of some sort), but this is a first attempt at localizing an entire genre of books to cater to Indians.

How successful is this attempt?

Vivan Parasher a self-made multi-millionaire playboy wants to take revenge on the man who betrayed his beloved sister. He gets an opportunity to destroy his enemy’s business, but when he meets his sister, his thoughts on a professional revenge get side-tracked. He decides to marry the girl and ruin her life. At first, the marriage is nothing but an elaborate PR stunt, but soon they get to know each other better and by the end of the book, they are genuinely in love.

Based on the above summary, this does sound like the stereotypical M & B book, and it is one. However, the author has written some very genuine moments, and does her best within the M & B framework.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. Vivan and his wife Pari are stereotypes, but I was pleasantly surprised by the secondary characters, the settings and the rituals.

All in all, good weekend reading, thanks to Madison Public Relations who forwarded me a copy of this book.

And here’s wishing everybody out there a very happy Valentine’s day!

Happy Valentines Day - Love to you all!

Happy Valentines Day - Love to you all!

6 Responses
  • Milan Vohra
    February 23, 2011

    Hi Nish
    Just came across this.
    Thanks so much for your kind words πŸ™‚

    I’m so happy that it worked for you as an M&B & that you enjoyed these bits.

  • priyaiyer
    February 18, 2011

    he he i would love that πŸ˜€ but how, when and where?

  • priyaiyer
    February 17, 2011

    Ah! I have read (make that devoured) soooooooooooo many M&Bs in the course of my college life πŸ™‚
    I have noticed this one in bookstores, and it appealed to me as well.. being the first Indian M&B and all that.. somehow I never picked it up..
    I am tempted to check this one out.. Stereotypical or not, it would be fun to read and M&B after all these years πŸ™‚ and it is Valentine’s season too πŸ™‚

    BTW hope you had a great V-day! πŸ™‚

    • Nish
      February 17, 2011

      @priyaiyer: You can have my copy if you want. It’s nice, but not really repetitive reading. Also, I don’t want to be answering vague questions from my daughter about the cover πŸ˜‰

  • Shweta
    February 16, 2011

    M&B .. I soo loved reading them . I still do once in a while .. πŸ™‚ Indian M&B sounds like super fun.

  • Smita
    February 15, 2011

    ah! an MB based in india? Damn good! Will surely get this one! and some books have such moments that cliches do not matter πŸ™‚

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