Dec 24, Rajesh Manoharan rated it liked it. I would have given it 5 if not for the last few pages. The story was very compelling and I almost lived as Veda. I loved her work on the letter writing part. The narration stops and the letters start to tell you the story - That was intelligent!! And the way you described Sankalp - Hats off :.
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Nov 14, Dhwani rated it really liked it. Studious, smart and sincere, Veda harbours big dreams for the future. But her parents arrange a marriage for her, and the twenty year old discovers that she has no say in the matter. Forced to leave behind an idyllic life in the hill town of Joshimath—filled with conversations and pleasurable times with her siblings, and her best friend, the handsome Suraj—she puts aside her ambitions and moves into a flat in Pune with an indifferent husband and a mother-in-law from hell.
Though brought up to be quiet and obedient, Veda chafes at the meaninglessness of her existence and struggles to cope with the unexpected loneliness she is engulfed in. Then, amidst the dark clouds of stagnation and despondency, Veda carves out the unlikeliest of silver linings. How does she do this?
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Bhuvan, the one whom Veda is suppose to get married is from Pune. Veda shifts to Pune post marriage and suffers the cruelty of her mother in law for a while because of which she fails in her last year of college.
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She communicates with her sister Vidya and Suraj by letters. She isn't happy in Pune. Her marriage with Bhuvan is tasteless and empty. Later on, she comes in contact with an organisation called Sankalp, which works on educating the children of the slums.
She starts working there and then it's almost as if her life takes a u-turn. Veda starts loving what she does which gives her life a new meaning. But, Sankalp then lands in a big trouble. The story that follows then is the amalgamation of drama, emotions, truth, boldness, freedom, happiness and acceptance. Review : Firstly, the way the plot opens up is just beautiful. Every little thing has been described intricately. The characters have been built in detail and it's those details that kept me hooked to the book.
The plot of the book has been laid down in a way that will never make the reader want to leave the story even for a second. The way Preeti Ma'am has weaved the social issues of India along with the story is admirable. Letters have been used as a way of communication and story telling which was a first for me. The storyline is gripping. Its like you never know what lays ahead. I imagined this book to be slightly similar to A Secret Wishlist by Preeti Ma'am but boy oh boy, the ending has just left me speechless.
The social issues like poverty and illiteracy, marriage at an early age, homosexuality, women empowerment etc have been explored very well. Also, I feel as if my emotions just went on a rollercoaster ride. I never wanted the book to end to be honest but it did and when it did, it felt complete.
At the end, if anything, I will say that this book certainly left me empowered and happy because Preeti Shenoy never disappoints. Thanks to the author for sending me the review copy in exchange of an honest review. Nov 21, Prerna rated it really liked it. Follow the rules, bend the rules and finally break them apart!! Preeti has beautifully portrayed all these parts in this close knit novel. She is capable to describe even the minuscule things that we don't even feel the need to be observed!!!! We feel the connect with the characters and the story. The exchange of letters were a hit!
I loved how in the 90s era, people used to pour their heart out on a piece of paper. We could imagine the intensity of emotions scurrying through the alphabets which formed words. The theme that she has chosen is based on real life scenarios, the real problems that a girl faces after marriage and how the society tries to suppress her with the burden of ancient rules! Above all, the upbringing of children and mentality of parents is what makes a big difference!
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The story revolves around the protagonist Veda, who hails from a small town Joshimath. She is born and brought up in this sleepy mountain town along with her siblings Vidya, Vandana, Vaishali and Animesh. She is an excellent student and daughter who follows her parents and takes care of her siblings. Her biggest support system is her younger daughter, Vidya.
She is chirpy and shown as a rule breaker firebrand as is nicknamed. She persuades Veda to follow her dream but Veda being an obedient girl, did not have the courage to speak up her mind. She did not have the courage to refuse her marriage proposal even whether her studies or her love of her life were at stake.
Bhuwan, the groom, is as obedient and complaint as Veda to his Mother's wishes. He gave up in front of her bossy mother to any girl she likes. Though he has been on my good books! I loved Kanika as a character. The way she carried the responsibility of children at Sankalp and gave her heart and soul to this NGO was quite admirable.
Her boldness and upfront attitude made Veda to follow her footsteps and join Sankalp. Sankalp came a boon in Veda's life. Veda, being a dedicated and hardworking student, gave every inch of herself to teach the students at Sankalp. The trio, Veda , Kanika and Ron, together spend hours of their day teaching students and carried the story forward. The best part about PS novels is that, she uses not so overrated vocabulary. Her books are simple and easy read.
She narrates the situation so well that I was actually witnessing the story through my eyes. The climax, changes it all. Won't give any spoilers. But as the title suggests, rules are meant to be broken. The story has all the masala of typical household and mother in law issues. It has the flavour of love, relationship, friendship, sacrifice and much more. The theme of the story- Girl child education and their freedom to choose their spouse has very well come out. It clearly sends out a message to follow your inner consience and stand out for justice.
This one was quite an interesting and intriguing read. I did not want the novel to end as I loved the plot, characters and flow of the story.
PS has definitely added another gem in her hat. Definitely recommend this one!! The main protagonist Veda and her siblings. Their strict upbringing and crushed dreams due to age old thinking. The story of Veda from a naive shy girl next door to a confident working woman. My Take: This is the second book I picked of the author after loving the earlier one. I did like this book but still Hundred Little Flames will remain my favorite from her. This story is intriguing and I managed to finish it in 2 days.
When author described Joshimath, I was surrounded by feeling nostalgic as I have had the privilege of visiting this place few years back. The typical thinking of Indian parents is so very relatable. The protagonists early wedding was not very convincing but yes it does happen in Interior villages of India. The character of Suraj who initially seemed to be a stalker is a good person. The behavior of her Mom in Law towards Veda was disgusting initially. The journey of Veda is beautiful. I would not say that the story was unpredictable.
Few things were predictable and some were not. I am hoping there will be a sequel to this book since the story starts in and ends in the year Only the author can tell. I loved the letters exchanged between Veda and her sister. The bonding between the sisters is simply adorable. The letters between Suraj and Veda are also intriguing. The characters of Kanika and Ron are very realistic. Overall a decent read and a great ending.
Another feel good Novel from Preeti which you will definitely love. Except for the slow burn in the beginning, Preeti did a really decent job in keeping her readers hooked throughout the book.
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Kudos to her! Especially the part where the three go in search of Sanju. How badly I wish Preeti writes a complete thriller for her fans. I hope th Another feel good Novel from Preeti which you will definitely love. I hope that happens very soon! But you are forced to go through the first half which I felt it as a slow burn. Though I could connect what Preeti is trying to convey, it was uninteresting. May be because it reminded me of several MIL plots in all the TV serials which my mom forced us to watch in my childhood during dinner.
But one after the other, the back to back letters, my god, at a point I felt that it was really annoying and boring, please end it, Preeti! I kept picturing Rani mukherjee as Veda after the revelation. Rulebreakers - A sumptuous meal Jun 09, Shikha Shukla added it. So its the 2nd book i read of preeti shenoy. As the name suggest rule breaker is based on moulding old customs and traditions and speaking up for your own rights.
Our protagonist Veda was a always a nerd girl and rule follower. Her parents married her very early to bhuwan who is working in pune ,so as to lessen their burden of marrying 4 daughters. Veda was always studious and class topper but author shows here that how girls education are given least importance in most of the indian household.
Veda' So its the 2nd book i read of preeti shenoy. Veda's husband was sweet and caring but cannot stand against his own mother when she treats veda like a house maid. Author depicts the reality that still people get their son married as to bring the maid in the form of daughter-in-law without costing a penny. Veda met kanika ,a bold beautiful lady with outstanding sartorial.
She told veda about 'SANKALP' a ngo for eduacating the underprivileged children free of cost and veda here breaks the 1st rule by joining it. On the other hand veda sister Vidya who veda always thinks as epitome of stupidity stands for what she believes in albeit she always gets her hand burned by her own family but she breaks the rule of how the good indian daughter should be..
The series of letter between veda and vidya is a treat to read.. Overall a good novel, sometimes i feel like story is deviating from its path and their is nothing unpredictable but then its not a thriller. A Good book to read Nov 06, Kashmira Gohil rated it liked it. Simultaneously the story of an NGO working for slum children education is woven which the main woman character starts working for. Though this track is interwoven, it feels like patches on parallel track.
Surprised because, if these characters became 'rule breakers' ultimately, haven't they heard about the emails? The book is release. But well, I think, author tried to weave story around 90's. The joy over victories of rule breakers in this story felt to me like a small trivialities. I liked the sentence at the end though, finally the feelings of main character, 'I lost him but I found myself, which was priceless!!
So, 2. Amongst the present day's english language novelists in india , much of the young mindsets long for baking and selling the 'hot-cakes', some others 'author books' because they have money and publishers to try to prove their literary excellence. Some are rooted into the conceptual logic of pleasing readers with wordscrafting too much rather than the theme-crafting for the story.
There are also a bunch of good and passionate writers, they write very heart-touching stories and successfully establi Amongst the present day's english language novelists in india , much of the young mindsets long for baking and selling the 'hot-cakes', some others 'author books' because they have money and publishers to try to prove their literary excellence.
There are also a bunch of good and passionate writers, they write very heart-touching stories and successfully established. She is really a rulebreaker in pursuit of lifemaker lifechanger to remove all the crutches and replace with wings to show 'if the changes makes us stronger wiser and kinder we should learn to embrace the change. May 10, Dixit Jain rated it liked it. The rule breakers by Preeti Shenoy is yet another story of an ordinary girl with extraordinary realities of life.
This book revolves around Veda who is a girl from Joshimath, though she is from a small town she has dreams of flying high like a eagle ,she aspires to become a lecturer as she is very good in her studies. She comes across as a child who is perfectly conditioned by their parents to follow the rules, the rules being societal norms like coming home early ,not talking to boys etc She g The rule breakers by Preeti Shenoy is yet another story of an ordinary girl with extraordinary realities of life.
She comes across as a child who is perfectly conditioned by their parents to follow the rules, the rules being societal norms like coming home early ,not talking to boys etc She gets married at a young age without her say, she has no courage to speak up for herself. With marriage her responsibilities and difficulties increase. The realities of life makes her strong and she begins to break the rules societal norms.
Though the story seems to be very general or casual , the way Preeti Shenoy has crafted it makes it worth reading. Ps: you will like the climax of the story. Bits and pieces are thrown in earlier chapters, if you are smart enough to pick them up then you are Preeti good pun intended Apr 11, Gurpreet Kaur rated it it was amazing. It is book full of emotions, termoils, dilemmas, awareness of social causes, state of society, typical thinking of patriarchal society, importance of education, importance of to say what you feel is right for you, stand for yourself, love, friendship, sisterly love and closeness, and many more things.
The main character Veda has a great depth to it. She, the eldest of five siblings, was a timid girl in the starting who had dreams, had goals What to say of 'The Rule Breakers' by Preeti Shenoy She, the eldest of five siblings, was a timid girl in the starting who had dreams, had goals but cannot take any stand for it and as per society standards a perfect girl. But as her circumstances changes and with help of her sister, she try to voice her thinking and wants.
Her character development is such great, I really liked it. All the characters in the book are well written, I felt attached to most of them. I cried and felt happy along with them. All in all a great read. I have read almost all Preeti Shenoy's book, and I must say not a single one of them have disappointed me. She writes so fantastically and the flow of her stories are superb. She explains with such a depth each and every thing in her books which is really commendable. The book start to inspire us right from the cover design itself.
The dupatta depicting a woman, the fence representing the all those rules and hurdles which cage a woman in a patriarchal society and the sky representing the freedom and life that is ahead of her which she can achieve once she break out from these chains. About the story, a woman is herself to be blamed for her miseries. True that family, society and many other factors too are influenced, but all it takes is to stand for herself an The book start to inspire us right from the cover design itself. True that family, society and many other factors too are influenced, but all it takes is to stand for herself and cast a voice for herself.
Because no one is gonna do that for her. The story itself deals with many incidents happening in the society. All these topics were woven together into a brilliant book. A definite recommended book for all book lovers and especially to the women who failed to cast their protest and say a no, this book might get them the boost they want to stand up for themselves, no god is gonna climb down from the clouds and avenge them. And for the typical Indian parents, just because you have a daughter doesn't mean that you own her.
Let her fly above the clouds. And please change your godamn cheap narrow mindset. Sep 30, Shubham Shetty rated it it was ok Shelves: indian. More like a 2. I was drawn in by the subject matter of the book as well as the setting -my own Pune. So I bought it on a whim, but wasn't really expecting much.
That being said, the first half was surprisingly refreshing even though the plot and the characters were very simple. However, the book went More like a 2. However, the book went from zero to hundred pretty fast towards the end of the novel, which seemed to be out of place with the rest of the story. The twist at the end also seemed a bit forced. After introducing so many changes, I felt she wrapped up the book too soon, with lots of loose ends remaining.
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So, despite trying hard to like the book I did enjoy reading it , I can't shake off the feeling that it could have been better. Nov 28, Barnali Chakraborty rated it really liked it. The Rule breakers is a story that potrays the life of a twenty years old studious, smart and sincere Veda who harbours big dreams of becoming a college lecturer. Leaving behind her idyllic life, she starts facing tough challenges in accomplishing her ambitions as her parents arranges a marriage for her but later she carves out the unluckiest of the silver lining to live a life on her own rules.
Initially, starting with this novel, I never thought that Veda, the main protagonist, could be the ult The Rule breakers is a story that potrays the life of a twenty years old studious, smart and sincere Veda who harbours big dreams of becoming a college lecturer. Initially, starting with this novel, I never thought that Veda, the main protagonist, could be the ultimate rule breaker. The story is an emotional rollercoaster implicating heartbreaks, struggles, love and friendship.
Read the story to know how did she do that? Who helped her to break the rules? Qotd: what is your favorite Preeti Shenoy's novel? After going through various works by preeti shenoy I feel the author never misses to bring out a life inspiring story out of her work. Jul 05, Rashmi Pai-Prabhu rated it really liked it.
Foreword : What strikes to you about this book is its simple and easy to comprehend language. Interesting post, Molly. Thank goodness for publishing houses that give us creative license. In one of my stories, the hero runs into an ex and goes off and does the deed with her. It makes things a lot more interesting not having to stay inside the box and write to requirements.
Link Frozen Thread. Yes, I'm thankful there are publishers willing to bend the genre rules! I think the example you give sounds much more interesting, and makes me wonder how it happens, than the traditional male-female loyalty story. Link Frozen Parent Thread. My romance reading days are a bit behind me, but back in the day cheating was the deal breaker for me. Reality is for real life, romance is fantasy, and in a fantasy people are faithful to each other.
I get the impression the rules are in place for that reason: when readers want to have certain expectations met, they can safely turn to certain genres. So in stories like Gone with the Wind or Sleepless in Seattle, was that level of unfaithfulness enough to break the deal for you? In short, yes. I never saw Sleepless in Seattle, never had any interest in it. I read Gone With The Wind many years ago - but I honestly never saw it as a romance - more a sweeping historical saga.
I liked this post before I had read most of your books mentioned in it, but even more now that I've been immersed in the Molly-verse. It's weird how emotional people get when cheating appears in a story. Lauren Barnholdt's latest book, Sometimes It Happens, features a girl who gets together with her gf's bf while said gf is away at camp. It wasn't gratuitous or casual for the MC, it was awkward, and she knew it was not a good idea, but sometimes passion overcomes common sense.
I thought it was touching and handled in a really sensitive way, with deep emotions, before and after. But wow, some of the reviews were so scathingly censorious, I felt glad they didn't still put people characters or authors! But the thing is, sometimes it does happen, a lot actually, and it's usually pretty intense and emotionally impactful for everyone involved insert obligatory personal disclaimer here. So why is that so off limits?
We can't even think about it happening, or if it's always bad, or if it is bad, how is it bad. And honestly, what if it's good, or good in some ways? Wasn't that kind of the point of Bridges of Madison County? My recollection of library school is hazy, but I'm pretty sure the first book printed in English was Mallory's Morte D'Arthur.
Major cheating, love triangle alert there. So right from the get go, this theme has infused our literature. But I think the reason it's taboo in this genre is pretty much that readers identify with the protagonist, and if she's cheated on, it hurts and makes you feel foolish for having loved someone who would do that to you. If she's the cheater, it makes the reader feel like they've cheated, and that means you're a bad person, and no one likes to feel that way about themselves.