Monday, 27 April 2015

Book Review: Hurry Om Hari

Book: Hurry Om Hari
Author: Parul Tyagi
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Pages: 130
Price: 175 INR

Blurb: "Hurry up or be left out!"

Haven't we all heard this at least thousand times in our lives? (Okay you must have heard more.) The point is we are all in a hurry to make something. Be it careers, relationships, excuses, success, cover ups, babies, lives.

Om and Hari.

Their dreams may be at the far ends of a rope, their journeys may be markedly different from each other's but their desire is common - to make it on their own!

What makes this even more tedious is their race against time in doing so. They are the dreamers, the strugglers, the under dogs, the go getters, the nerve wreckers, the charmers and....... they are You!
My Rating: 3.75/5
My Review:
It's not that often that you come across two fictitious characters in a book who seem so endearing, likeable and relatable that you cannot help falling in love with them as you read the book. Well, one such book is Hurry Om Hari and the characters I am talking about is Om and Harini.
The story begins with Om and Harini who are compelled to meet each other by their families so that they can know, like and eventually marry each other. Although Om and Harini are markedly different from each other, the thing that binds them is their individual dreams which are locked inside the innermost chambers of their heart. Both of them act as catalyst in reaching each other's dreams and hence their most difficult journey starts...the journey towards their individual dreams.

The author has used these beautiful lines to describe the bond between Hari and Om:

Love is not always about finding the person who completes you and then living a life that is fulfilled and perfect. Love could also be about two people's journey in exploring on the way what they didn't know existed, which they haven't yet experienced and being instrumental in each other's exploration of one's own self. 
The author is gifted in story telling. She has managed to create two lovable characters, Om and Hari which is the strength of the book. Once you start reading the book, you won't feel like putting it down. All the other characters in the book such as Harini's Dad and Mom, Om's Dad, Bobby Bhabhi and Om's friends have their unique traits which make the story so interesting. The book is fast paced and there is not a single dull moment in the 130 page book.
Harini's intense passion for her dreams and Om's charming personality make them so endearing. The way they support each other's dreams, motivate each other from time to time and bring out the best in each other is extremely heartwarming.  
On the downside, I felt the climax was a little rushed. Apart from that, there were no flaws in the book. The title of the book is indeed very catchy and the dollops of humor sprinkled throughout the book makes it a perfect read for a lazy weekend.

Highly recommended to anyone who is looking for a quick read.

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