She loves me, He loves me not

Zeenat Mahal takes care of human emotions and it's intricacies in a relationship so well. We are a complex jumble of paradox. We can love and manage to hate at the same time. We can harbour a protective instinct and a deep sence of resentment for the same person. We do lash out at someone we love the most. Human beings are unsolved puzzles, every mind and heart works in a different frequency.

Zoella had her eyes for Fardeen, her best friend's brother, since she was ten. Fardeen hadn't even cared to spare a glance her way, in return for her decades of adoration. He had lived his life being the haughty, arrogantly dashing young man, with his arms around the waist of his gorgeous girlfriend. But with a tragic turn of events his dreamlike lifestyle came crashing down. A life-threatening accident permanently scarred half of his face. All that was left was melted skin and burned eyebrows. He was depressed and hopeless. His girlfriend broke off the engagement. He had to marry Zoella.

He considered himself beastly and grotesque. He felt he had devastated Zoella's life, and at the same time hated Zoella for pitying him. He neither accepted her overtures of love nor did he accept the fact that she truely did love him. He pierced her heart with his painful words, thwarting every smile, every laugh and hurting her the best way possible. Zoella was scarred, she lost her smiling jolly face realising that she meant nothing for Fardeen. Miscommunication created major gaps in their relationship.

Zoella then decided to take the reins of her life in her own hands. She became as stoic as a rock. She created a wall around herself precisely the time when Fardeen started realising his faults. When he wanted to mend ways, she was unreachable, even though they lived under the same roof.

It's a tumultuous love story. Read the novel to know the fate of Zoella and Fardeen. You won't be disappointed. I would rate this book 4/5. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about human relationships and human psyche.

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Queeristan by Parmesh Sahani

  Queeristan (Amazon Link) Thanks to Audible Free Trial I listened to this amazing non-fiction on LGBTQ inclusion in Indian workplaces. Author Parmesh Sahani identifies as gay Indian, working closely with Godrej higher management and employees for years to create an inclusive workplace, both legally and in spirit. This book is a result of those years of experience, research, collaboration with individuals from difference spectrum of the society and organizations who has successfully transitioned into a queer friendly one.   Indian history is inclusive. From the Khajuraho temple architectures, to Konark to the Rig Veda, there is existing proofs even 2000 years ago of Indian inclusiveness of queer. It’s the draconian British law that criminalised it, which was scraped in 2009, came into effect once again following a sad judgement in 2013 and eventually was scraped off for good in 2018. I am in awe of the lawyers who fought this legal battle- colleagues and partners – Arundhati Katju

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