During our childhood days, we tend to have these crushes on people older than us that fade as we grow up. We never act upon them but they remain as memories that we always cherish.
But what happens when two adults with such an age difference fall in love?
It Happens is a story about how Gautam, a twenty-five-year-old upcoming professional and Roshni, an unmarried thirty-seven-year-old senior management member working in the same multinational bank, face this very question. Can two people with such a vast age difference be compatible?
The story is a romantic comedy that explores this situation in a light-hearted way as they fall in love, get laughed at by their friends and then develop cold feet, thinking about the repercussions their age difference could have on their marriage. Since this happens in India, where marriage is a major social issue, the plot holds further intrigue.
They say love is blind and makes one think with the heart, rather than the mind. Will two smart professionals make a mistake by doing so? Or will they listen to their logical senses at the last moment to avert what may be the biggest blunder of their lives?
It has always been a preconceived notion around the world that the man has to be older than the woman he chooses to marry. Have a look around yourself. How many couples do you know where the obverse is true, where the woman is older than the man? Not very many, I'd bet. Why? I think it is the colonial, misogynist mindset that doesn't allow us to even entertain the idea?
I'd like to congratulate the author, Karan Sharma, for picking up a mature topic like this to write.
'It Happens' is a story about Gautam, a young man all of 25, who falls in love with Roshni, a mature lady of 37, who also happens to be the Senior V.P. in the same foreign bank where he works. With Roshni too reciprocating his feelings, it's time to face some harsh realities of life. The book talks about the hesitations, the uncertainties, the apprehensions, and the doubts usually associated with an allegedly not-normal relationship as this.
WHAT I LIKED
The language is simple and easy-flowing. The issues brought up are relatable. The storyline is more or less, well chalked out.
WHAT I DIDN'T
A mature topic like this certainly needs an equally mature treatment, if not more. I felt the story falling short there at various places. For an example, limiting the issues with this big an age difference to just stamina, looks, and libido of the senior partner is taking an acute myopic view. A broader and more sincere view would have been to address the same with regards to the social level of maturity, and the general outlook towards life per se.
'It Happens' is a light, one-time read, and I recommend it if you are looking to have a break from some serious reading you've been doing otherwise.
I give 'It Happens' a 3.5 out of 5 stars
I received a digital copy of the book from 'The Book Club', in exchange for an honest and unbiased review
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About the author
After more than twenty years of working in a highly successful family business and owning a popular brand in the interiors industry, Karan decided it was time to get into self publishing—an idea that came to mind when he saw his son having so much fun reading books. It rekindled a latent passion for writing that he had developed after his college days, leading to his first book. It Happens, along with other books that will come out in due course, will be a testament to his storytelling and creative skills.
Karan has a beautiful family with two young boys, Aakash and Aayansh, and Aarti as his lovely life companion. He is a commerce graduate and a battle-hardened businessman. His other passions include both playing and watching cricket and football, as well as being an avid traveller.
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