Andy Paula’s Love’s Labor is a short novella that I read on a weekday morning with a cup of Coffee. It kept me engrossed and I finished reading the book in one sitting without any break. The story is really interesting and keeps you hooked till the end. Also, it was very easy for me to identify with Piyali.
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Rather than choosing between the two men that love her and matter to her the most, Piyali chooses to walk away from both of them, from their unreasonable demands and the pressure put on her to do the right thing by both Baba and Sathya. When Sathya manages to track her down, how does she react, does she run away yet again or betray one by trusting the other?
Piyali, is a very identifiable character, the normal Indian Modern girl with a dream of a career and a traditional family. She is caught between two worlds, the world she wants to venture into and the home where tradition still holds the most important place. Piyali in my opinion stands for every modern Indian woman who is trying to bridge the gap between the new and the traditional. Her struggle to get her baba to accept a non-Bengali boy as her life partner, and also to explain to Sathya, why his being a Malayali is the only problem her Baba has, is so well brought out by the Author.
And then there is Sathya, the handsome loveable son of the school chairman, who would do anything and make any sacrifice for the person he loves. Forsaking the life he was born into, just to prove himself worthy of the lady he loves, in the eyes of her Baba. His only expectation in return is for her to stand up for herself and her love for him.
What works best in the story is that it is not only about Love, but also about the Values, respect and culture that Indian Children grow up with. The difference between traditional and modern India is brought out very well, but rather than widening the chasm the story tries to bridge the gap.
In my opinion, the story could have been longer (and I mean that in the best possible way). This book makes for a short but very enjoyable read, and if you are in love then this book will re-instil your faith in love and if you are not then you will want to find someone to love. This book deals with various moral and social issues and will be highly recommended by me to anyone I meet.