My last read of Rubina Ramesh’s writing was ‘Knitted Tales’. It was a thriller that I completely loved reading. I opted to go for a romantic novel like ‘Destined’ after long, just to experience the genre of romance through the words of Rubina. So, here is an honest review of Destined.
Esha Mehra could have taken care of her father, only if she had some support from her fiancé. But he had his priorities set and her sick father was nothing but a burden. Esha didn’t have any other choice but to apply for a loan from her office. But she had not banked on the fact that the Head of Geno Technologies needed her for other reasons.
When Rohan Sharma saw Esha for the first time, he felt she was the one. He had no intention of falling in love with her for the pain of the past was still too much to bear. But he did need Esha as a decoy to his plan. But Esha was not a damsel in distress who would bend to his will easily. While he was sure that he would marry her only for six months, he still couldn’t understand why he felt a searing jealousy every time, her ex-fiancé Ayush’s name was mentioned.
While these two souls had other plans in their lives, Destiny conspires to bring them together. But will the stench of Death let them live their lives?
Esha has a turbulent and a difficult childhood in spite of having loving parents. Because her growing up years get consumed in taking care of her ailing mother in and out of the hospital while her father had to run the house financially. When her father gets diagnosed with a Stage 3 Cancer, Esha comes face to face with reality. A chance encounter with her Boss results in a drastic and unexpected change in the lives of all the characters in the story.
Destined by Rubina Ramesh is a romance but then what sets it apart from the other writings of the same genre is the treatment of the story and the role of the female protagonist, Esha. Will be discussing this later in the review.
The story of Destined revolves majorly around Esha, Rohan and Ayush. Though the protagonists remain Esha and Rohan, the characterization of Ayush transforms quickly to being an antagonist. Thankfully, the supporting characters are not just mere names in the story. Each one has a definite role, purpose and helps the story to move forward.
There is the right balance of characterization in Destined : Rohan comes across as the opposite of Ayush, Esha’s father is very much what Rohan’s dad isn’t- While Esha’s father does not re-marry post his wife’s death, Rohan’s Dad does not think twice of hanging onto a lady of his son’s age. Esha’s characterization is in contrast to Zaira’s…while both are in need of money for different reasons, one resolves to stick to her ethics while the other can resort to any means to be rich.
Also, as the story progresses one would realize that if not for the supporting character, the story could have taken a different turn! This is where the story is so close to each of our lives.
The language employed by Rubina in Destined is simple, lucid and interspersed with tongue in cheek humour.
Many of the lines from the pages of the book resonated with my thoughts and opinions about our patriarchal society.It made me emotional as I know the conflicting feelings one is put through when a parent is diagnosed with cancer.
A couple of lines that made an impact on me:
“Constant battle she was fighting between logic and her heart was wearing her down”
“Would you leave your mother if she had the same issues?” asks Esha to Ayush.
My Take on Destined
Yes, the story of contractual marriage has been dealt with onscreen before, the employer-employee romance has been covered umpteen times in various novels, and the coming of age of the protagonist has also been prodded upon. Still, Destined by Rubina Ramesh carves a niche for itself.I am surprised at the ease with which she switches between genres.
The book cover is splendid yet does not gel with the story personally for me. Also, the editing could have been much better.However, ‘Destined’ struck a chord with me.
I would like to call this book a hybrid product of Women’s Fiction and Romantic Fiction.
Why Women’s Fiction?
Well, the story shows the growth of the female protagonist Esha and her relationships with Ayush and Rohan in a contemporary setting. As a woman, I was able to relate to this character’s decisions and her resolves in life. The story very powerfully makes one understand what it is to be a woman through Esha, introspect the psyche when a woman is a lone child to take care of her family, her doubts about the role of women in our society and her constant struggle to manage various roles in life.
Why Romantic Fiction?
Even though there are various facets to the story, the brewing romance between Esha and Rohan is the central focus and thankfully does not remain just that with unnecessary steamy scenes that make a reader like me cringe. The book goes beyond casual romantic encounters and focuses on the growing relationship between the protagonists. We see Esha and Rohan come together in dealing with the illness of Esha’s father, in countering Ayush and his mother or in quashing Zaira’s venomous attempts to create trouble. Destined by Rubina Ramesh also takes the readers into a world of fantasy where certain scenes are hunky –dory and falls in place when Esha is in trouble and at the end when a reader reaches the last line of the book, he/she knows that it is happy and a contented ending.This may or may not happen in real life but fiction based on the genre of romance is all about that, isn’t it?
The book Destined by Rubina Ramesh is unputdownable and will have you engrossed for hours together.
— meenakshi j iyer (@polkajunction) January 23, 2018
It will make you feel mushy with its romance and not cringe, will make you stop and ponder about your surroundings and have a check of the relationships in life and finally, will make you feel good and sensible about having opted to read the book this weekend 😉
Grab a copy soon from Amazon as I give this book a rating of 4.5/5!
Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.