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Book Review – Gaurav Sharma’s Diary of a Whimsical Lover is a Delightful Read

Now a Canadian author (of Indian descent), Gaurav Sharma’s first romance novel Diary of a Whimsical Lover is a heartwarming tale of love that remains unrequited for the most part. The story revolves around Gaurav and Maya. Gaurav comes from a decent Delhi family and hopes to settle in Canada, especially in Vancouver. After completing college and looking to pursue a career in law enforcement, he becomes acquainted with Mrs. Caul, who assists him with housing.

Gaurav falls for bold, beautiful, and fearless Maya, the daughter of Mrs. Caul. Maya is as young as Gaurav, but still in college. Gaurav is shy, introverted, and a bit brooding, whereas Maya has good support in Canada, including an older sister (Lalita), mother, and home to fall back on. It’s always tough to expect love from someone when one is struggling for basic amenities in a foreign country. Gaurav epitomises that sort of guy. The way he hunts for a job and a rental while falling in love with Maya shows his strength of character.

Diary of a Whimsical Lover is the story of two people with different beliefs, ideologies, and perceptions. What makes an introverted, self-absorbed shy guy fall for a girl who is not only casual but also looks like she is living her most fulfilling life? Can they find comfort in their differences? One would have to dive into the engaging story to find out.

The novel focuses on the confession of a lover and the expression of love. Despite its simplicity, it is laced with uncertainty and a fear of losing everything. The overall feel of the novel remains beautiful, heart melting, soul stirring, tender and precious for words. The softness, gentle warmth and pure joy that it emanates compliments Sharma’s impressive writing style.

Gaurav’s ways of chasing and convincing Maya seem out of this world. He looks utterly innocent, regardless of what he does – making the story quite funny and poignant. The novel may not be exclusively about relationships, but its premise is plausible and palatable. You will love Gaurav’s sunshiney personality, though in a rambling, over-imaginative sort of way, and Maya is undoubtedly a forbearing character with a deadpan sense of humor, yet the readers will enjoy their banter.

Simple language and the fast pace of the novel will help readers easily connect with the characters. The good news is that the author did not delve into unnecessary deep analysis of his subject: Maya.

Sharma’s Diary of a Whimsical Lover, being a contemporary read will take you on a roller coaster ride of love and friendship.

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