Saturday, November 5, 2016

Book Review - Aarti V Raman's With you I Dance

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With You I Dance
Aarti V Raman


Meera Sagar had everything—the perfect job as a principal ballerina (for a prestigious New York ballet company) and a man who loved her as much as she loved him. But tragedy struck on the night before her biggest performance, forcing her to do the one thing she never wanted to do—come back home. To Mumbai.

Now, a year later, Meera is still trying to pick up the pieces, while fending off marriage proposals from her well-meaning but traditional Gujarati family, and figure life out all over again. By starting a ballet school in Mumbai. But she has two problems. One, she doesn’t know anything about running a business. And two, she can’t dance. Not anymore.

Enter . . .
Abeer Goswami. Hotshot junior partner at a South Bombay law firm and a man nursing a broken heart. When he meets Meera again, the woman who left him, he tries his hardest to be her friend, to help her . . . and not let the past get in the way.

And then . . .
There is the sexy Zoya Sehgal. Meera’s only friend in the city and the woman Abeer is currently seeing. They say triangles have pointy edges, for a reason. Will Meera find a new dream in her ballet school? Can Abeer and Meera find their way back to each other again? And, most important, has Meera danced for the last time?

With you I dance is a warm, funny, at times heart-rending, love story of second chances, true love, and finding yourself when your dearest dream has vanished.

My Review:

            Dance is a form of art. Dance is a form of expressing emotions. Dance is medium of expressing love. But what if dance is your first love?

            With you I Dance is a romantic story of Meera and her love for a dance form called Ballet. Abeer is her love interest; he is her motivation, her support but ballet is her first love. Meera had only one dream since she was three; to become a ballerina. She fights with her parents and convinces them to let her go to New York to join the prestigious ballet company there. But on the day her long cherished dream was gonna come true, she freezes on stage before her first big performance and destroys her future prospectus. Heartbroken she comes back home to Mumbai.

            After she comes back, she faces another dilemma which each and every Indian girl faces once she comes to a marriageable age. But she doesn’t want to get married, she wants to start her own ballet school and fulfill her dream. Since she has to prove to her parents that she can run a business of which she has zero idea or experience she seeks help of her childhood friend Zoya. But she comes face to face with Abeer whom she loves and had left on that unfateful night without any answer or explanation.

            Will Meera face her inner demons and rise? Will Abeer take her back in his life?

            With you I Dance is a full on romantic story with a love triangle: Meera, ballet and Abeer. It’s a typical love story. Aarti has done great research on ballet which is shown by detailed description of dance steps, music etc… kudos on that. The manner in which each character is depicted is good. Sarita, as a typical gujju mother, who though has modern dressing but has typical Indian motherly mindset, Father and staunch businessman Amrit Sagar, for whom each minute is equal to money.  Loved Bullet aka Niketu Sagar, sensible, supportive brother, which every sister wishes to have. Zoya, the so-called competitor to Meera, Meera, confused yet ambitious and lastly Abeer, strong understanding boyfriend of Abeer.

            Though the storyline is good, would have loved to read little bit more details of Abeer’s childhood, the time Meera and Abeer spent together in New York, her initial struggle etc. But liked the manner in which Meera’s middle class family has been portrayed, their thinking is connectable with any normal middle class family in real. The dilemma which Meera faces; to follow her dream or to obey her parents wish, is also which every girl having dreams can connect.

            Good work by Aarti. With you I Dance is all about falling in love with oneself, discovering ones true calling and standing tall after having fallen from a considerable height. 

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About the Author

Aarti V Raman is an established novelist in the romantic thriller genre (White Knight, Kingdom Come) with her third book, a contemporary romance titled “With You I Dance” out soon with Fingerprint Publishing.

29 years old, she graduated from Mumbai University in 2007 with a degree in Mass Media focused on Journalism, which provided her the perfect background for conducting sound research on any project. She then went on to study Creative and Professional Writing at Deakin University in Melbourne for post-graduation in 2008. It was there that she learned to hone her craft and lifelong ambition of writing romances that had strong characters and stronger stories that remained etched in the reader's minds.

While waiting for her big break, Aarti pursued commercial writing and gained a vast amount of knowledge (from fishing tackle to soft toys) that she claims have helped her with molding better stories. Her first novel "White Knight" was published by Leadstart in 2012 and gave her the impetus to continue writing. In 2013, her work was excerpted in the Tamil Edition of Mills and Boon novels. And in 2014, her short story "Post-Coital Cigarette" was chosen to be part of the Rupa Romance Anthology "An Atlas of Love" curated by bestselling author Anuja Chauhan.

Her latest novel "Kingdom Come" (Harlequin MIRA) has enjoyed a brief stay at the bestseller lists in Amazon India. Her work is represented by Red Ink Literary Agency, Delhi. And very recently, she was a speaker and panellist at the Goa Arts and Literary Fest 2014, Vth Edition.

She is currently expanding her skill set to include copy editing, content marketing, and creative writing workshop that help her explore the wonderful world of words in various forms.

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