I Owed You One by Madhu Vajpayee- Review

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Name          – I Owed You One
 Author                 – Madhu Vajpayee
 Publisher              – Lifi Publications
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My Review
Rating : 4.0

Madhu Vajpayee has never failed in impressing the readers with her palpable writing and intense storyline. After ‘Seeking Redemption’, she has made sure to select a topic which is farthest from book thereby ensuring versatility.

The book opens with the journey of Dev Khanna from Australia to India. Dev is forced to come back to India as he receives a letter from someone who has an important role in his life for he owes her one. The flight gives him time to mull over the past that he has left behind five years back. The childhood and teenage trouble of Dev is depicted with utmost emotions and it’s a deeply touching part of the book. The book cannot be rated on the basis of the overall storyline. The book can be considered as the amalgamation of three stories. One- Dev’s life before Australia; Two- After Australia; Three- After getting the letter.

First part lacks novelty but the narration has made the part a top-notch one. The second part is a yet another boy-meets-girl love story. The third part is in  way a reflection of the undercurrent of dirty communalism in India along with a cliffhanger. This part is the USP of the book, however some glitches spoiled the chance of being the showstopper. The fact that Madhu Vajpayee is an outstanding writer does not need any approval but considering the wide scale of literature, and in comparison to her first book, this one could have flared.  

The relation between Dev and the sender of the letter is unique (could not be explained in order to avoid spoiler) and acts as the highlight of the book. This strange relation is a topic that, if not dealt with finesse could have spoiled the whole book and made it over-dramatic. But author has handled it with such panache that whatever negatives we could pick would be overshadowed. 

Overall the book is something that could appeal to someone who wants a literary simple yet strong book with substance.

This review is in return of a free book from Authors Channel.

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