Truly, Madly, Deeply by Faraaz Kazi – A Book Review

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Truly, Madly, Deeply

What happens when the most popular guy in school falls in love with the most beautiful girl? In a nutshell, that’s the foundation for this book. Rahul is a full of it, somewhat arrogant boy who falls in love with Seema, who also reciprocates his feelings. What happens to their story? Do they have a happy ending?

Well, the suspense is pretty much broken in the first couple of pages itself with a heart-broken Rahul moping in America for his lost love. The story is told in a series of flashbacks, and the story slowly unfolds.

When I was asked to review this book, I was really excited by the premise. Sure, I have read plenty of love stories before, but it’s nice to read one in an Indian setting, without hopefully the sex bits that are all too prevalent in Western school-based love stories.

The book starts out very promising, and soon catches speed. The story however started to flag with the many house-based competitions. Or at least, I felt that way…probably a younger school-going reader might find these sections interesting.

I also didn’t like Rahul – he is so full of it, that I was actually happy when Seema eventually dumps him. Ouch! but again I guess that’s my personal reaction. I seem to loathe most heroes of love stories – actually part of the fun in reading such books 🙂

So, overall I liked the book. Did I love it? Well, no, but I need not love every book I read, do I?

Some areas really need some work though:

  • If the author had reduced the usage of bad language, this book might be more palatable to a wider language. I do not like it when terms like arse are scattered throughout the book. This may be how school-going kids speak (I am not a judge), but it is distasteful to replicate that in a book.
  • Frequently, there is poetry and song snippets throughout the book that I just skipped through. I think placing them in the front of the chapter and not bang in the middle might help the story proceed more smoothly

There, I have said my two cents. Overall, a decent start by the author Faraaz Kazi.

Many thanks to the author for sending me this book for review.

  • rohit

    Must be an enjoyable read Truly madly Deeply by Faraaz Kazi. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by “to read” list.

  • mohit

    Must be an enjoyable read Truly madly Deeply by Faraaz Kazi. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by “to read” list.

  • bastab


    Here is my review of ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’:

    Let us share ideas. Thanks.

  • Oh, that’s difficult – I have trouble with books when I don’t like the main characters! I don’t think this one is for me, as Rahul would probably drive me insane.

  • Very objective appraisal of the book

  • Pravin Khare

    Here’s an interesting review of this book that I came across. It is a decent one-time read for sure.

  • Rathi Jaiswal

    It was a sweet romantic read. Yeah, some sections might not strike a chord with older people as they have left that part of their lives behind but nevertheless, it just about manages to drag you down in the abyss of your own lives. I liked the ending esp. and I’m hoping to read more romances now after this.

  • I am glad the book turned out ok and also that Faraaz Kazi had a really good blogger like you to review his book. I hope he has many success in his venture as a writer.

  • Ismail Sheikh

    Good review but you seem to have lost out on the good points of it. Personally, I found the usage of poetry wonderful and it really brought out the essence of the book. Where romance is often thought of as girlish and combined with chick-lit, the author has delivered a rare diamond in this area. If nothing else this book will change the belief that men cannot ever fall in true love.

  • Great Review Nishita 🙂
    Haven’t read the book yet, but will surely give a try.

  • wow! thanks for the review. somehw the book nver interested me enough to pick, but from your review it seems like a good timepass

  • I haven’t read the book and I doubt if I will pick it up (esp. given that the downsides you speak of are total turn offs for me).
    A well written review Nishita! 😀

  • I totally agree with your take on this book in fact I had similar view!!!

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