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College beauty Arundhati Basu would rather stick her head in the proverbial oven than host this year’s Founder’s Day event with tongue-tied nerd, Nikhil Menon. Compared to the brilliant but elusive poet, D. G. Beckett, Nikhil is a green toad. As Arundhati gets to know him, however, she finds herself oddly drawn to the shy geek, and he, in turn, grows in confidence as he spe College beauty Arundhati Basu would rather stick her head in the proverbial oven than host this year’s Founder’s Day event with tongue-tied nerd, Nikhil Menon. Compared to the brilliant but elusive poet, D. G. Beckett, Nikhil is a green toad. As Arundhati gets to know him, however, she finds herself oddly drawn to the shy geek, and he, in turn, grows in confidence as he spends more time with her. His hopes for a lasting relationship with Arundhati seemed to be within his reach. If only she could forget D. G. Beckett!


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College beauty Arundhati Basu would rather stick her head in the proverbial oven than host this year’s Founder’s Day event with tongue-tied nerd, Nikhil Menon. Compared to the brilliant but elusive poet, D. G. Beckett, Nikhil is a green toad. As Arundhati gets to know him, however, she finds herself oddly drawn to the shy geek, and he, in turn, grows in confidence as he spe College beauty Arundhati Basu would rather stick her head in the proverbial oven than host this year’s Founder’s Day event with tongue-tied nerd, Nikhil Menon. Compared to the brilliant but elusive poet, D. G. Beckett, Nikhil is a green toad. As Arundhati gets to know him, however, she finds herself oddly drawn to the shy geek, and he, in turn, grows in confidence as he spends more time with her. His hopes for a lasting relationship with Arundhati seemed to be within his reach. If only she could forget D. G. Beckett!

35 review for Pyar aur Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tanisha Mehta

    Copy received by Indireads in exchange for an honest review. Arundhati is the college's well know personality while Nikhil is the nerd who failed to make a good impression on Arundhati's mind.Arundhati is the poem queen and Nikhil?He's got secret love for poetry too.Will they fall in love or Nikhil's secret will turn their relationship into a disaster? The plot was predictable and cliché.As a reader,I got to know a lot about poetry and different poets.Honestly I'm not a poetry person,I dont h Copy received by Indireads in exchange for an honest review. Arundhati is the college's well know personality while Nikhil is the nerd who failed to make a good impression on Arundhati's mind.Arundhati is the poem queen and Nikhil?He's got secret love for poetry too.Will they fall in love or Nikhil's secret will turn their relationship into a disaster? The plot was predictable and cliché.As a reader,I got to know a lot about poetry and different poets.Honestly I'm not a poetry person,I dont have an obsession with poetry.I like to read poems once in a while but I mostly tend to avoid them.So when I received this book,I knew I wouldn't love it.The writing was simple and understandable with Hindi slangs(which I really liked). The characters for me weren't instantly-fell-in-love-with-them-at-first-sight.They were apt and meant for each other. Ratings- 2.5/3 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sundari Venkatraman

    Arundhati is beautiful, intelligent and a go-getter. Nikhil could not seem more different. He lacks confidence despite being intelligent; he works hard but does not know how to promote himself and he is not too popular. Professor Nadkarni insists that these two students get together to host the Founder’s Day program at St Paul’s College. Will it work? Arundhati is all set to murder Nikhil while the young man just plain adores her. In the meanwhile, there is this D.G. Beckett who gets between the Arundhati is beautiful, intelligent and a go-getter. Nikhil could not seem more different. He lacks confidence despite being intelligent; he works hard but does not know how to promote himself and he is not too popular. Professor Nadkarni insists that these two students get together to host the Founder’s Day program at St Paul’s College. Will it work? Arundhati is all set to murder Nikhil while the young man just plain adores her. In the meanwhile, there is this D.G. Beckett who gets between the two. While it seems as if Beckett must also be from the same college, the man remains incognito. Arundhati is strongly attracted to Beckett while Nikhil works hard – with a lot of help from his grandmother – to woo her. Who will win Arundhati’s hand? Nikhil or Beckett? Pyar or Poetry? Read the book to find out more. What struck me the most is the excellent language in which Pyar Aur Poetry has been penned. I was truly impressed by Roopa Menon’s play with the Queen’s language. Kudos! The story is simple and beautifully written and the plot very interesting. I liked Nikhil being there for all things Indian and how he slowly manages to convert the snooty Arundhati who is absolutely Firang in her tastes – in food, books as well as films. I enjoyed reading the Rajnikant sequence and Nikhil’s simple joy in teasing her. The end has turned out beautifully and I found it absolutely romantic. Keep up the good work, Roopa Menon! Looking forward to more from you!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shweta Kumar

    ‘Pyaar Aur Poetry’ is so much more than your average run of the mill love story. Cloaked in the garb of a romance novella, this wonderfully written book is also a tongue-in-the-cheek look at how Indian writing and writers are almost wholly overlooked by the Indian literati. Through the distinct personalities the snooty but eager to learn Arundhati and the geekish but talented Nikhil Menon, the author Roopa Raveendran Menon weaves a very interesting love story that presents both sides of this very ‘Pyaar Aur Poetry’ is so much more than your average run of the mill love story. Cloaked in the garb of a romance novella, this wonderfully written book is also a tongue-in-the-cheek look at how Indian writing and writers are almost wholly overlooked by the Indian literati. Through the distinct personalities the snooty but eager to learn Arundhati and the geekish but talented Nikhil Menon, the author Roopa Raveendran Menon weaves a very interesting love story that presents both sides of this very theme. Is western literature the last word in literature? Will the literati ever embrace Indian writing? And what about personification of the two sides of the debate, Arundhati and Nikhil? Will the twain ever meet? Add to the mix, the enigmatic DG Beckett and his poems that enthralled Arundhati and you have a superb read. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and recommend it as a must-read for admirers of intelligent romances and lovers of literature alike. With a debut this good, I just cannot wait for Roopa Raveendran Menon’s next offering.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jazz Singh

    It's a novel concept. The characters are so different form each other, you want to keep reading to see how they'll come around and make things work. A cute and fun story. Pyar aur Poetry sure hits the right notes. It's a novel concept. The characters are so different form each other, you want to keep reading to see how they'll come around and make things work. A cute and fun story. Pyar aur Poetry sure hits the right notes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bhargavi Balachandran

    Sweet and intelligent , Pyar aur poetry isn't one of those novels where the hero and heroine fall in love/lust- quarrel at the drop of a hat- patch up again-they live happily ever after. The protagonists , Arundathi and Nikhil have been conceived thoughtfully and are as different as chalk and cheese.Yet they share the love for words and literature. Arundathi's snobbish attitude towards all things 'Indian' is the perfect foil for the very grounded Nikhil. What I also appreciated about the book wa Sweet and intelligent , Pyar aur poetry isn't one of those novels where the hero and heroine fall in love/lust- quarrel at the drop of a hat- patch up again-they live happily ever after. The protagonists , Arundathi and Nikhil have been conceived thoughtfully and are as different as chalk and cheese.Yet they share the love for words and literature. Arundathi's snobbish attitude towards all things 'Indian' is the perfect foil for the very grounded Nikhil. What I also appreciated about the book was that the basis of the duo's love is not infatuation or something superficial , but something deeper and more substantial - love for words and a respect that is born out of something more than just physical attraction. At the core of the book is the question Nikhil raises - Why isn't Indian writing considered on par with the Western literature? Why do people relate to scones, rather than the bhakarwadi? In a lot of ways Arundathi is a metaphor for a lot of Indian readers who are snobbish about their reading preferences.Wish there were more Nikhils in the real world to help them realise the value of Indian writers. I really liked Nikhil's grandma's character- what a bindass grandmom to have! Being a novella, one can easily finish the book in a few hours.Roopa writes beautifully and has a lovely command over the language. Overall , an intelligent enjoyable read with characters you can relate to.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Priyanka Batra Harjai

    ‘Haveli’ is a story about the heir of a Haveli of Nawabs in Pakistan. It is about a girl ‘Chandini’ (a.k.a C) who has a sanctified lineage. Based in 1970s in Pakistan, this narrative is from her perspective. The story starts as we experience a sweet and salty rapport between a culturally rich grandmother – Zaitoon Beigum (a.k.a Broad) and a saucy granddaughter – Chandini. She wants to marry ‘Kunwar’, who is twice her age but bumps into son of a family friend (Baba and Bua) and who is also grandmo ‘Haveli’ is a story about the heir of a Haveli of Nawabs in Pakistan. It is about a girl ‘Chandini’ (a.k.a C) who has a sanctified lineage. Based in 1970s in Pakistan, this narrative is from her perspective. The story starts as we experience a sweet and salty rapport between a culturally rich grandmother – Zaitoon Beigum (a.k.a Broad) and a saucy granddaughter – Chandini. She wants to marry ‘Kunwar’, who is twice her age but bumps into son of a family friend (Baba and Bua) and who is also grandmother’s choice – Taimur (a.k.a ‘Alpha Male’). She does not like Taimur at all. The plot progresses with naughty love story between Taimur and Chandini. Highly recommended to acquaint yourselves with the charm of Nawabs and Pakistani culture. omplete review at: http://booksnewsindia.wordpress.com/2...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Priti

    I love romantic stories and I loved this book too which has added bonus of beautiful poetry too. The most I loved in this book was Nikhil’s grandmother, Padma Kalyani. Her character has been written so well, she is a fun person who does not let age affect her modern sense of fashion. She has more knowledge of today’s fashion and culture than any other teenager. The author’s narration of story is spell bounding and once you will start reading the book, you will not be able to keep it down. I wou I love romantic stories and I loved this book too which has added bonus of beautiful poetry too. The most I loved in this book was Nikhil’s grandmother, Padma Kalyani. Her character has been written so well, she is a fun person who does not let age affect her modern sense of fashion. She has more knowledge of today’s fashion and culture than any other teenager. The author’s narration of story is spell bounding and once you will start reading the book, you will not be able to keep it down. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. For complete review visit: http://bibilophile.wordpress.com/2014...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Manogna

    The story starts with the confident three time winner Arundhati Basu who loses the latest addiction of the poetry competition,beaten by an unknown D.G.Beckett. Enter Nikhil Menon the tongue tied nerd, whose only claim to fame is the epic failure, when he attempted to get on stage to speak a few lines! When both are brought together by fate, they change their personalities for the better. As the story progresses,Arundhati and Nikhil are in love(opposites do attract it seems!), but will D.G.Beckett l The story starts with the confident three time winner Arundhati Basu who loses the latest addiction of the poetry competition,beaten by an unknown D.G.Beckett. Enter Nikhil Menon the tongue tied nerd, whose only claim to fame is the epic failure, when he attempted to get on stage to speak a few lines! When both are brought together by fate, they change their personalities for the better. As the story progresses,Arundhati and Nikhil are in love(opposites do attract it seems!), but will D.G.Beckett let them be? An easy read, fresh college love story worth a read. What I like, the supportive Ammuma, the positive change in Nikhil and the ready to learn – Arundhati.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Arti

    The story is different and the characters have been beautifully thought of, complete with excellent descriptions: West meets East. Nikhil has been portrayed as the simple, likable, grounded boy next door while Arundhati is the typical elite Indian girl who loves everything non-Indian and things like thepla and Khakhras are foreign sounding foods. She sounds so much like the girls in school who speak the local language interspersed with English words. The language is excellent and the flow is goo The story is different and the characters have been beautifully thought of, complete with excellent descriptions: West meets East. Nikhil has been portrayed as the simple, likable, grounded boy next door while Arundhati is the typical elite Indian girl who loves everything non-Indian and things like thepla and Khakhras are foreign sounding foods. She sounds so much like the girls in school who speak the local language interspersed with English words. The language is excellent and the flow is good. I loved Nikhil’s understanding grandmother. Well done, Roopa. Waiting for the next one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pratibha Pandey

    A story of discovering talent in some one you have never bothered to know. A story of a guy finding unique way of overcoming his inhibitions and trying to win over his love.a clash of literary choices and the merits of each. I absolutely liked both the characters in equal proportions. while some where i relate to nikhil finding it hard to be liked , i also have been like arundhati when it comes to exploring indian literature. if Arundhati had ever read a tale like this one , i am sure she would A story of discovering talent in some one you have never bothered to know. A story of a guy finding unique way of overcoming his inhibitions and trying to win over his love.a clash of literary choices and the merits of each. I absolutely liked both the characters in equal proportions. while some where i relate to nikhil finding it hard to be liked , i also have been like arundhati when it comes to exploring indian literature. if Arundhati had ever read a tale like this one , i am sure she would have respected indian writers ! i liked this fresh take on love in college setting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Samarpita Sharma

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  12. 4 out of 5

    E.J. Bouinatchova

    This story is wry, witty, self-deprecating and fantastically funny. It manages to subtly lampoon literary pretension, nerdistry, cultural prejudice, and higher education all while telling an adorable love story. I usually hate adorable love stories, but these characters are so flawed, peculiar, and beautifully human that they won me over instantly. It's also a great social commentary as we get to watch western literary ideals clash with Bollywood and classical Indian culture. There is a heck of This story is wry, witty, self-deprecating and fantastically funny. It manages to subtly lampoon literary pretension, nerdistry, cultural prejudice, and higher education all while telling an adorable love story. I usually hate adorable love stories, but these characters are so flawed, peculiar, and beautifully human that they won me over instantly. It's also a great social commentary as we get to watch western literary ideals clash with Bollywood and classical Indian culture. There is a heck of a lot going on here, so don't be fooled into thinking that this is a one-dimensional teen love story. No way. Can't wait to read more from this author!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shree

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sumeetha Manikandan

  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Neelima Vinod

  17. 5 out of 5

    Seema Ahmed

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Sneha Chougule

  20. 4 out of 5

    CoffeeTimeRomance andMore

  21. 5 out of 5

    V.A. Menon

  22. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rizwan Tufail

  24. 4 out of 5

    Roopa Raveendran Menon

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shuchi Kalra

  26. 4 out of 5

    Riaz Mulla

  27. 5 out of 5

    Hafsa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shirin Johnson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Indireads Inc

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jaya Siva

  31. 5 out of 5

    Shadowstriker

  32. 5 out of 5

    Njkinny (Njkinny's Blog)

  33. 5 out of 5

    Reet Singh

  34. 5 out of 5

    Linking Ink

  35. 5 out of 5

    She Reads

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