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'Jugnu (Firefly)', by Ruchi Singh ~ Review

The Blurb

Zayd Abbas Rizvi, out on parole, wants to escape the suspicious eyes of the world and concentrate on rebuilding his future. He zeroes in on Kasauli, a small, quaint hill town.

Contrary to his expectations though, he is unable to find peace in the skirmish around the guest house, the antics of a three-year-old, and the deep, sad eyes of his mother. As he battles the demons of his past, falling in love is not in Zayd’s plan…
Ashima's life is a long, tiresome struggle, until a tall, tattoo flaunting stranger registers in her guest house. Hoping against hope for a ray of sunshine in her life, unbridled attraction to a stranger is not what Ashima bargains for…

Will Zayd and Ashima be able to forego their past and embrace their present, even when they know that if things went wrong, all they'll be left with is a broken heart and painful memories?


The battery meter on my tab is bright red in color right now, and I'm still ignoring the 1% warning on it. Yes, 1% battery left. It was 65%, when I started reading 'Jugnu'. Ruchi Singh, I shall hold you responsible if my tab dies of malnutrition. What I'm trying to say here is that once you start reading it, you shall not be able to put the book down, not even for charging the tab...or yourself. That reminds me, I'm yet to have my dinner.

On a serious note, this book definitely is among the best romances I've read in a long time. The characterization is lively, the locales are real, the flow is smooth, and the build-up is palpitating.

What made it even more interesting for me was the fact that I had been on vacation to Kasauli, just a week before picking up this book. That's a serene hill-station, where the story of 'Jugnu' is set. Everything seemed that much more real to me, as I could visualize the locales clearly.

Read the blurb, and you'd want to read it at the soonest. I recommend this book to all those out there, who believe in love. In fact, I recommend it even more strongly to those who don't.

I give this book a full, five star.



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