Bhaavna Arora, author of the bestselling novel The Deliberate Sinner, has been in my list of To-Read’s. Her second novel Mistress of Honour was thus hugely anticipated.
A “hatke” theme and lucid prose made it easy for me to tide over the pages effortlessly during a Kolkata-Delhi flight. The honest narrative, plain language and gripping plot will surely keep you hooked till the end. This novel is all about love – in the backdrop of war. Potnis, who serves in the Indian Armed Forces, comes across Pansy, a beautiful young girl who lost her parents, during Operation Blue Star. Smitten by love they get married and are blessed with a beautiful baby girl – Rihanna.
The book begins with Rihanna wanting a baby brother, which is Pansy’s wish too. Potnis, who is committed to the country first, is unconvinced and has been avoiding a second child for quite some time now… Life takes a turn, series of events unfold and… read the book to find out. Meanwhile, Rihanna grows up and is bitten by the love bug. History repeats itself as the love of her life hails from the air force – Advik. Their relationship faces the test as the country faces the Kargil War.
The author magnificently takes us through a tumultuous ride of emotions as the narrative takes twists. In fact, the reason that Mistress of Honour will keeps you looped in is the manner in which Bhaavna describes love – whether it is for the special someone in your life or the country.
Just like a Shakespearean tragedy, you will have to tide over a outpouring of emotions as you console yourself for the loss in Rihanna’s life. Surely, Mistress of Honour qualifies for adaptation into a JP Dutta classic on silver screen!
My Rating: 3/5 stars
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