Right Fit Wrong Shoe is the first book written by Varsha Dixit that I have read. The book promotes itself as typically a Bollywood romantic comedy type of story. It follows the characters of Nandini and Aditya are neighbors, who fall in love; set in urban India.
The story is set in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Nandini is a middle-class girl who works at an advertising agency. Aditya is a wealthy businessman, and her neighbor, and they have known each other for years. Both of them and their families are pretty close to each other. Nandini and Aditya meet at the agency after a few years, and you can sense that there’s some history still lingering between them. Since their first meeting, Nandini and Aditya spend most of their time bantering and bickering with each other, and that’s the basis of their relationship.
The two of them fall in love over time. Well, they realize that they love each other. Then they break up, and soon Aditya leaves. It is not clear in the beginning what actually went down between them. Once Aditya is back, and now he is Nandini’s boss. There are clear indications of leftover feelings between the two and there are a lot of sparks. Aditya is rude to Nandini because he is still hurt about how things ended, which is understandable to an extent. The chemistry between Nandini and Aditya is built up really well. I found myself genuinely rooting for these two characters to find a way to make it work.
The writing is simple and breezy. All the phrases and pop-culture references though are very much rooted in Indian society, which made it feel quite realistic to me. The setting is apt for the story although, some aspects will not be universally relatable, I think it’s part of the experience. It made the story feel authentic. Varsha Dixit is a Bollywood movie buff, and the book is a testament to it. The romance between these two is sort of pull and push at times, the big families, misunderstanding, and all the drama reminded me of the Bollywood romantic movies of the 90’s and early 2000’s.
Right, Fit Wrong Shoe is a romantic comedy that is light and fun from start to finish. The reason behind the breakup between Nandini and Aditya was not something I wholeheartedly liked, but it worked for the plot’s convenience. It has some dramatic moments, lots of romance, and humor. It’s a lighthearted romantic story that was a perfect way to spend a Saturday night.
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