#BookReview: Meant to be Together, Faraaz Kazi

Meant to be Together, Faraaz Kazi: Plot Overview

Pooja Thaker finds her peace in between the blank pages of a notebook. As she sits reminiscing through the formative years of her life, the story peels in layers: the traumas of her childhood, her inability to deal with mathematics and her father’s paralysis. 

Through it all, there’s one person who protects and supports her- her brother. After he is gone, she is alone until one day love shows up in her life. Except, she has her doubts and but unfortunately, what is meant to be, can only stay away for so long. 

The ‘Real Review’

Romance is the easiest genre to read but fairly tricky to write. Faraaz Kazi does a decent job at holding his audience. Leafing through the pages, the story moves swiftly; one page after another. 

A large part of the book is about Preeti. Her past comes back in flashes and that is a major contributor to her overall character development in the story. Her transformation is commendable. Slowly, a meek, closed-off girl transitions into a woman who is self-sufficient enough to survive in Mumbai. 

She doesn’t rely on external factors to find her peace of mind and that was one of the few reasons I found Preeti extremely relatable. She means it when you say, only solitude can help you find comfort from the inner turmoil. 

Enter Sameer and boy, could they be poles apart! Boy meets girl. Boy introduces girl to the amazing bunch of people that surround him. Eventually, she has found her tribe. Except again, it comes at a price. There are some hurdles she must overcome as in any other relationship. 

As plain and dull the plot sounds, the writing is pretty impressive. Faraaz is expressive as a writer. He talks in actions and that is probably what made me keep reading. The non-linear form of storytelling is a pretty smart move. You didn’t know too much, you didn’t know too little- you just know enough to go on. 

The Final Word

The book is sweet. The characters are relatable for us millennials. The writing is good. But here comes the million-dollar question: will I pick it up again? Sadly, that would be a no. Had the non-linear form of storytelling been perfected, then the response would have been a maybe from my end. 

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