Book Review – ‘When Opposites Meet’


What happens when opposites meet? When two completely different people find themselves drawn to each other? Can they really find happiness together? Can wheelchair-bound Ritwika find a chord that connects her to national-level athlete Chetan? Will Aditi’s irrepressible cheerfulness restart Jayant’s life, put on indefinite pause since his parents’ death? Does Indu, happily divorced, rediscover her faith in love with the reclusive Lokesh? When Opposites Meet is the story of three unlikely couples and the differences between them. It’s the story of love, and the possibility of finding it in the most unlikely of places.

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According to magnetic theory, like poles repel each other and unlike poles attract each other. Apparently, the latter is used as a pretext in romance novels.

Two individuals even though they are completely different from each other are bonded together via a common link. They have different mindset, exhibit different traits but complement each other in every sense.

‘When opposites meet’ is a story revolving around the lives of Indu Dua, Ritwika Dua and Jayant Arora. It’s a story of how the three of them fall in love with strange individuals and in the most unlikely situations.

Indu Dua is a strong and independent woman. She has single handedly raised her daughter, Ritwika. Her daughter, has been diagnosed with a rear genetic disorder (Lamin gene mutation) that bound her permanently to a wheel chair. Indu’s nephew, Jayant is still recovering from the shock of losing his parents to an accident.

Ritwika Dua meets a wrestler Chetan Jadhav, who is facing the axe of the Indian Sports Ministry for using performance enhancement drugs. On their first encounter, she’s intimidated by his bulging muscles and is often reminded of her disabilities.

Jayant Arora who is known to be relatively silent, finds himself responding to Aditi’s mindless chatter.

Similarly, Indu feels herself drawn towards the socially aloof, Lokesh Nair.

Even though, romance forms an integral part of narration, various themes such as physical disability, societal taboos, mental health are interspersed with it. You will also find bits of dark humour, that you will seldom find in literature. The pace is relatively slow at the beginning, but picks up in the further stages. The narration oscillates between the stories of the main protagonists without losing the coherency. Unlike some novels that often confuse the readers due to the presence of too many characters, the fact that their lives are interwoven together made it easy to recognise them. Generally romance novels are known to have numerous puppy love moments and predictable cliches, but this one is a welcome breather.




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