When I read the blurb of the book, I found the plot to be quite interesting as it was set up in Bollywood industry, and It’s one of my favourite topics. But was the book as impressive as it’s blurb? Let’s find out!
Author: Anuradha Prasad
Publishers: Leadstart Publishing
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Arpita is on top of the world! After all she was the fresh face of Ponds India and had snubbed the casting couch of Bollywood to land a Leading role in the small screen’s most popular channel. Life never looked more beautiful! Riku is a small town man with handsome looks and big-time Bollywood dreams. He has no ethics and is raring to make it at any cost! Unable to bag big movies as a main lead he ends up accepting a romantic role opposite Arpita on small screen. Betrayed by her own innocence, she finds herself abandoned by her dream man and cannot fathom which is more painful? Whether her failed relationship or her vanishing career! Riku makes it to the dizzying heights of stardom after leaving her. Beaten and broken Arpita has to make it again to even exist in a ruthless industry that only celebrates success. It is a savage ordeal even to have a roof over her head and two square meals! What will happen to her now? Will god punish her forever for making one wrong choice? Will she die in poverty alone? Or fulfill the dreams that she had set out for? One person must trust her to give her a chance. One opportunity must appear to raise her again! Coming Back Home – will carry you through a roller – coaster ride, yet keep you well grounded for inspiration.”
What is it about?
Coming Back Home is an interesting story set in the Background of Hindi Film Industry. Riku is a determined but selfish man who wants to make big in bollywood, and he can do anything for it. Arpita is a small town girl who wants to make her dream of becoming an actress a reality. What happens when these two fall in love with each other? When one’s greed and selfishness to go ahead, tears the other apart? Will Arpita or Riku make big in bollywood? Who betrays who?
The LazyScoop Review:
The story starts at a wonderful pace with narration which flows smoothly. I was super glued to it right from the first chapter itself. Although this book has a vibe of a commercial Hindi Movie, the characters have been potrayed in a realistic way. When you read about Riku, you feel that people like him exist. I felt connected to the characters, and constantly wanted to know where they are heading. Arpita’s character comes out beautifully well, nor in one chapter I felt that author is drifting away from her personality. Same with Riku, Sunny, Sujoy and other characters.
Arpita’s journey from being a struggler to achieving her dreams, to the breaking point which she reaches in her life, makes you fall in love with her. Author has described her so exquisitely that I could literally feel her emotions. When her heart is broken, I felt myself being sad about it.
All the humour in the initial chapters, especially during shoots, the description of shooting, feels realistic and very enjoyable to read.
I liked Sunny’s character as well. I liked how Riku’s fate changes unexpectedly, and felt he deserved it.
What I didn’t like?
In the first chapter itself there is a description of Riku sitting in a small production house, the description of other men sitting with him is, “…some were lanky, some were unimaginably dark and ugly.” It was an extremely racist statement and I was displeased reading it.
Also, The cousin’s marriage which Arpita attends and meets Sujoy seemed dragged.
The LazyScoop Verdict:
Overall, It is a fun and entertaining read and you won’t be disappointed at all. Characterization is wonderfully done. The book’s simple, fun and refreshing story grabs the attention till the end. This book if adapted into a movie, would become a blockbuster for sure.
Cover: 3.5/ 5 Stars
Plot: 3.5/ 5 Stars
Characterization: 4/ 5 Stars
Narration: 4/ 5 Stars
Entertainment: 4/ 5 Stars
The LazyScoop Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Coming Back Home by Anuradha Prasad recommended by TheLazyScoop if you are looking forward to an entertaining read.
Thanks to Leadstart Publishing for sending me the book in exchange for an honest review. Their books have always been interesting and gripping.