The Laborious Route to Love


Love’s Labor by Andy Paula

The Blurb
Piali Roy has run away from home and the two stubborn men who love her. One is her beloved Baba; a rigid traditionalist, he refuses to accept anyone from outside her caste and community. And then there is Sathya, the unsuitable outsider. He loves her truly, madly, deeply and has even called off his marriage for her sake. Neither man will budge, and the small town of Jampot, where everyone knows everything, is not big enough for the two of them.
Away from their unreasonable demands, Piali strives to find peace in the mountains. But within six months, her lover tracks her down. Once again, she betrays the one by trusting the other.
Will her labor in the name of love be in vain, or will love transcend all differences?
My Review

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.

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 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 malyali 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 to 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 the culture that Indian Children grow up with. The difference between the traditional and the modern India is brought out very well, but rather than widen 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), and I would rate it 4.5 Stars out of Five. This book makes for a short but a very enjoyable read, and if you are in love then this book will re-instill you faith in love and if you are not then you will want to find someone to love. This books deals with various moral and social issues, and will be highly recommended by me to anyone I meet.

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Meet the Author


Andy Paula is a corporate trainer by profession and a writer by vocation. After the innumerable essays, poems, articles, editorials, congratulations & condolence letters she wrote for herself and others refused to satiate her writer’s Self, she finally put herself seriously to the task and wrote Love’s Labor,a romance novella that is now on Goodreads. 

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  1. Neelesh

    3 March

    Good review and congratulations on the new blogsite.

  2. Good one@

  3. The new blogsite rocks Jai! Clean and simple. Nice review too…would love to lay my hands on love’s labour.

    • jaibalarao

      3 March

      Thank You so Much Janaki…and coming from you a very big compliment 🙂

  4. I loved the way you understood Piyali..”She walks away from both the men…..’ Tha is what attracted me to this story too. A well balanced lovestory and not the mushy kind. Lovely Review Jaibala.

    • jaibalarao

      4 March

      Thank You so much Rubina and yes I like that this story chose a very different route than the regular mushy stuff too 🙂

  5. sundarivenkat

    6 March

    Hi Jai, your blog looks lovely! Congrats. I liked your review of Love’s Labor by Andy Paula and agree with you.

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