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Synopsis of the book
Tia was in love with her career and her lifestyle in America. And she was madly in love with Hari. But where was the romance she craved? Simi was the young girl left behind in a small town in India who hadn’t seen her sister for years. She was a dreamer. But what did she really want out of life? And then there was Hari. Straight-forward and uncomplicated, it felt nothing he did was ever good enough for Tia. But didn’t every man want an ambitious and successful wife no matter how demanding they were? Theirs was a love story that was never going to be conventional. But what happened to Hari and Tia was something that nobody would have predicted.
Mix two sisters with bad history between them and one clueless man, to form one whacky triangle, and you get a cautionary lesson in how you should be careful of what you such for in the name of love.
About the book
When Hari Met His Saali, a romcom by Harsh Warrdhan (a screenplay writer turned author). Set in Los Angeles and Nagpur, India,’ When Hari Met His Saali’ is a funny, fresh and outrageous look at young people and their dreams, longings, aches and heartbreaks. It is a fascinating take on the grand idea of love and the reality of romance.
My take on When Hari Met His Saali
The title of the book, a twist on one of my favourite movies of all times, was something that intrigued and made me pick up the book, in the first place. You are introduced to the two sisters, Tia, a young, ambitious girl who dreams of making it big in America but has a very Bollywoodesque idea of love and Simi, who feels suffocated in the small town Nagpur and Hari, of course, a belligerent man who knows nothing about romance.
Hari and Tia are coasting along until Hari asks Tia to marry him and all hell breaks loose. Tia suddenly transforms into a bridezilla who wants to throw a dream engagement party and after that things just fall apart.
Hypnosis and a heart attack change the course of their lives and suddenly Hari is in love with Simi, SRK style. Yes, he dresses up like him, buys her expensive presents and even climbs a building to sing a song for her! Needless to say, Tia is angry, very very angry!
Anyway, I am not going to reveal any more of the story to you, but the end is not surprising, considering certain things.
What I disliked about the novel was the fact that it caricaturizes women. Sure we like romance, but we are not Tia crazy for it. The hypnosis twist, too, is highly unrealistic but entertaining. You will grow to hate Tia, too. She does have a back story, which should supposedly make you feel sorry for her. But somehow, you just don’t.
That being said, you should look out for Hari’s grandmother in the novel. You will adore her!
All in all, When Hari Met His Saali, is an entertaining book. It is not meant for a serious reading but you will definitely enjoy it on a long journey.
About the Publisher
Harlequin India is a subsidiary of Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. It has grown to become the undisputed market leader in romance fiction publishing, entrenched in the hearts and minds of its avid readership.
When Hari Met His Saali has been published by Harlequin India and you can visit their website here
The book is a PR copy but this has not affected the review 🙂