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In the right direction

Rightfully wrong Wrongfully Right-the third instalment in the Right Fit Wrong Shoe series, is a typical chick lit, written humorously, but some might fail to seek substance in it. The book is a decent effort on the author’s part but fails at taking control of the narration. 

Rightfully wrong Wrongfully Right follows the story of Gayatri Dutta, the daughter of a rich NRI couple and the handsome, eccentric science genius, Viraj Dheer.

Gayatri’s relation with her father is fraught with resentment and stress as he pushes her to marry against her desires. Her overbearing father is painfully critical of her performances in every sphere of life and never loses an opportunity to castigate her, even as she struggles to establish herself and find her footing in life. In a desperate attempt to salvage the pieces of her life, Gayatri agrees to work with Viraj, as suggested by Sneha and Nandini, her two friends.

Sneha and Nandini form their own matchmakers’ club in the story and are on constant lookout for new guinea pigs for their matchmaking experiments, Gayatri being their latest victim. Nandini is a deliriously happy character, married to Gayatri’s ex-boyfriend and one might find her absolute disregard for other people’s privacy a tad annoying. Sneha, after a tumultuous courtship, is married to Gayatri’s brother Nikhil, who provides funding for Viraj’s experiments.

Gayatri’s first encounter with Viraj is disastrous, and she manages to convince him to not hire her without doing much. However, a turn of events results in Viraj being predisposed in her favour. Gayatri is sorely tested each and every day of the job and she retaliates with her very special doses of wit and sass. Gayatri and Viraj are at constant loggerheads with each other and the readers will enjoy Gayatri’s spunkiness as she falls for the dishy scientist eventually.

Viraj and Gayatri, both have unresolved issues with their fathers and the anger they feel towards their respective parents is projected onto their relationship. Viraj’s  cool, unattached demeanour is a facade to shield himself from the world’s hypocrisies and potential hurt. Viraj witnessed domestic violence as a child. His father was an idle drunkard who would regularly beat his mother. During one such drunken spell, Viraj decided to leave home and sought shelter in the house of his Chemistry teacher.

While many situations in the books seem to be repetitive, there are some moments that would elicit delightful exclamations from the readers. During the course of the story, Viraj is revealed to have been a benefactor to many underprivileged students and would provide financial aid to those in need. 

Another noteworthy instance from the book is the one in which Viraj, who would otherwise scoff at the notion of love, teases his mother about living with her boyfriend, who also happens to be Viraj’s Chemistry teacher.

The book has an otherwise jumpy storyline with predictable but interesting twists and turns. It does skip a good opening scene and the excessive use of vernacular language might put-off some readers, but the much-deserved happy ending will ensure a contented audience. 

Known for her riveting and quick-paced writing style, Varshaleaves an unforgettable impression on her sea of readers. Her characters share an intense and steamy chemistry and their banter is witty and exciting.
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