Meant To Be Together by Faraaz Kazi- Review

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Meant to be together

To fight the inner demons is not as easy as it seems. We have had many books that tell the story of protagonists who fight the past and end up in a relationship that itself helps them overcome the trauma and simultaneously trouble them as they are unable to get past what happened. But, when it comes to a real life incident with the same backstory, it is different. 

True Story

Inspired by the true story of an artist who found that love was the only color missing from the palette of her life, Meant to be together is a tale of love, friendship, courage, determination and above all, hope.

Meant to be together is the real life story of the artist Preeti Thaker, who comes to Mumbai to escape from her troublesome past. Mumbai has a whole new life experience for her. She meets Sameer and a strong friendship binds them together. Sameer, with his friends, welcomes Preeti to their crazy world. Slowly she realises the she has started falling for this no nonsense guy. Further the readers get to feel a different foray into the world of romance. The most beautiful moment changes to a nightmare when there is a shocking revelation. What will happen thenceforth is the crux of the story.

 The fact that it is a real life story has contributed to the realistic approach of the author.


The plot takes off with Preeti’s journal which gives a glimpse of her childhood and teenage which is affected by her father’s physical disability and her brother’s demise. Further the scenario changes when she reaches Mumbai and acquaints her neighbour Sameer. The moments with Sameer’s friends are so realistic and their bond is quite palpable. The fact that it is a real life story has contributed to the realistic approach of the author. The narration also has an important role to play. Preeti’s past and her experience with Sameer has chances of being exaggerated but author has managed to stay within the line. 

Further when Preeti sets out in search of Sameer, it seems quite unrealistic but the fact that it is a real life story forces the readers to believe the plot. Nonetheless the length of this suspense could have been curtailed so as not to make the readers want to skip a few pages. Usually, the making out sequences being squeezed into the plot sticks out like a sore thumb but here, since it is the watershed moment, justifies the same. The cover image could have been better. It fails to represent the book in the depth.

Overall the book is a feel good experience.

About the author

The winner of the 2013 National Debut Youth Fiction Award and also the recipient of the YCOF National Excellence award in Creative Writing apart from being the first Indian author to win the coveted ‘Best Debut (Romance)’ title at the international Goodreads choice awards, Faraaz Kazi has been tagged as the ‘Nicholas Sparks of India’ by many and is rated amongst the top male romance writers in the country.
Kazi is known for his exploits in the digital marketing world and currently heads an agency in Mumbai. Felicitated by numerous institutes, bodies and organizations alike, Kazi is a well-known name in the social media and literary fraternity. He is fondly referred to as ‘The Young Marketer’ and operates a revolutionary blog with the same name.
Kazi is a fellow member of the esteemed ‘Film Writers Association of India.’ Truly Madly Deeply, his debut mainstream romance novel is the only Indian book to have seven category nominations in the Goodreads annual readers’ choice awards and is also the only Indian book in the ‘Top 100 YA Global Fiction’ list. Kazi is a voracious reader and counts singing as his second love.
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