My last read from Rubina Ramesh’s writing was ‘Knitted Tales’. It was a thriller that kept me engrossed all along.
This time around, after long, I opted to go with ‘Destined’, a romantic novel, just to experience the genre of romance through the words of Rubina. She is a weaver of words, you see!
Meanwhile, it’s available free for grabs on Kindle Unlimited. So, download it now…
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A review of Destined
Let me start this book review of Destined by giving you a glimpse of the blurb.
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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?
A peek into the storyline of Destined
Esha, the protagonist has a turbulent and difficult childhood in spite of growing up with loving parents around.
This, because, her growing up years were consumed in taking care of her ailing mother who’s always been in and out of hospitals, while her father had to work towards financially running the household.
Later, when her father too gets diagnosed with a Stage 3 cancer, Esha comes face to face with reality.
Meanwhile, a chance encounter with her boss results in a drastic and unexpected change in her life, that also manifests in the lives of all the characters around her, as well as in the story.
The book, Destined by Rubina Ramesh, is a romance.
But then, what sets this story apart from the other writings of the same genre is the characterisation of the female protagonist, Esha, and the way she has breathed fresh life into a usual romantic story.
The characterisation in Destined
The story of Destined majorly revolves around Esha, Rohan, and Ayush. Though the protagonists remain Esha and Rohan, the characterisation of Ayush is such that he transforms quickly into being an antagonist.
Thankfully, the supporting characters in the story are not just mere names unlike other books : Each one has a definite role, purpose, and helps the story in moving forward.
There is a right balance of characterization in Destined, wherein 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.
Also, 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.
Further, as the story progresses one would realize that if not for the supporting characters, the story could have taken a different turn! This is where the story is so close to each of our lives.
The language and narrative style employed by Rubina Ramesh
The language employed by Rubina Ramesh in the book Destined — is simple, lucid, and interspersed with tongue in cheek humour.
Many lines in the book resonated with my perspective and opinion about our patriarchal society.
The book also made me emotional as I know the conflicting feelings one goes through when a parent is diagnosed with cancer.
A couple of lines that impacted 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 by Rubina Ramesh
I’d like to put forth that – yes, the story of contractual marriage has been dealt with before onscreen and in writings; the employer-employee romance has also been covered umpteen times in various novels, while the coming-of-age of the protagonist has also been prodded upon.
Yet, Destined by Rubina Ramesh carves a niche for itself. As, I am surprised at the ease with which she switches between genres.
The book cover is splendid but 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 nice mishmash of women’s fiction and romantic fiction.
Why do I consider Destined as a women’s fiction novel?
Well, the story of Destined 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 takes to be a woman through the characterisation of Esha, while compelling us to introspect a solo woman’s psyche left with the responsibility of her family; her doubts on the role of women in society, and the gender’s constant struggle to juggle various roles in life.
Why is Destined partly a romantic fiction?
Even though there are various facets to the story, the brewing romance between Esha and Rohan is at its centre of focus.
And, thankfully, Rubina makes sure that the simmering romance does not remain just that — with unnecessary cringe-worthy steamy scenes.
The book goes beyond casual romantic encounters, while focussing on a nurturing relationship between the protagonists.
We see Esha and Rohan’s bond of togetherness when dealing with the health of Esha’s father; in countering Ayush and his mother, and in quashing Zaira’s venomous attempts to create trouble.
Destined by Rubina Ramesh, also takes the reader into a world of fantasy with some hunky-dory writing; and then brings them right back onto earth, into a realm of reality. This may or may not happen in real life but fiction based on the genre of romance is all about that, isn’t it?
Parting words on Destined
In conclusion, I’d like to confess that the book Destined by Rubina Ramesh is unputdownable, and will have you engrossed for hours together.
It will make you mushy with its romance, and not cringe; will make you stop and ponder have a reality check on the relationships in life.
And, finally, Destined will make you feel good and sensible about having opted to read the book this weekend !
So, grab a copy soon from the nearest bookstore or online from the comforts of your couch, as I give this book a rating of 4.5 / 5…
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7 thoughts on “Destined by Rubina Ramesh : Book Review – PolkaJunction”
Not exactly the kind of book I like to indulge into. But I can see it has an appeal to those who love romantic fiction genre (a lot of my friends stand in that list). This looks like a book with a perfect script to convert into a movie, I won’t be surprised if it gets adopted tomorrow as an onscreen drama 🙂 . Really glad for your honest & detailed review.
Looks like a light read good for a Sunday read on a beach vacation. I somehow feel that most romances, especially with a male boss and female employee, are somehow inspired by Mills & Boon.
This book is just the love story i need to read right now.. i like reading books on relationships and young love… But not cringy ones…
Agree with you Meenakshi. I have read the book too and felt, it is a good women’s fiction than romance. I liked the concept behind the story as you mentioned, the employer-employee romance and Rich – poor differences in love were covered by many other stories already.
I loved ‘Knitted Tales’ by Rubina too.
Your review, highlighting the important aspects of the book, has made me believe that Rubina hasn’t disappointed this time, either.
Really looking forward to reading this one, more so after reading your review of it.
Thanks for sharing.
Going by the review, I feel its a fast paced, human drama full of romance and mystery as well. Interesting plot.
This does seem like a good book, Meena, especially because it does not have those typical steamy scenes that make me, too, averse to this genre. I so prefer something mature, something that deals with much more than just love and romance.
Thank you for the review,Meena!