anything for you, ma’am
By Tushar Raheja
A long weekend, cold winter nights and short days, these are the perfect ingredients for a laidback weekend with books. Also one is in a festive mood since it is MakarSankrath or Uttarayan. Hence this week I read “anything for you, ma’am’. This is an out-an-out comic book with all the elements of a masala movie. The story revolves around Tejas Narula, a clever guy and an engineering student from IIT, Delhi (Northern part of India). He falls in love with a girl called Shreya who stays in Chennai (Southern part of India). As in a typical love story, Shreya’s father comes to know about their affair and is against it. As a result they are unable to meet even once a year. Also Shreya is unable to make her yearly trip to Delhi because of a wedding of her cousin. At this point Tejas creates an entire plan to meet Shreya during the Industrial visit of his college.
The plan requires the approval of Professor P.P.Sidhu and Tejas doesn’t take is subject seriously. To add to his woes he unknowingly gets involved in a mischief played by students on Sidhu. Now his struggle is not only to meet Shreya but to complete his engineering project so as to win the heart of his professor. Thus follows a series of events where Tejas gets screwed and then comes out because of his quick thinking. He is helped by his friends Bajrang, Pritish, Rishabh and his siblings.
The author successfully creates a colourful description of the various seasons in Delhi and their effect on the lives of the people. His close association with his cousins give a sneak preview of how we Indians remain close to our relatives inspite of being in nuclear families. His chance meeting with Rajit, an x-IITian reveals the brotherhood which IITians share with each other. Also the parties in hoster campus takes one back to his/her college days. The comraderie of his friends makes one nostalgic as it brings back the memories of school and college friends.Last but not the least the elaborate description of his long distance affair with Shreya, which consists of late night phone calls, emails, etc is the most beautiful part of the story. The best part is everytime Tejas gets into a problem he doesn’t give up and finds a way to come out of it. His optimism is revealed in the way he is able to associate each of his problems with one or other hindi movie.
This is a recommended read for everyone whether they are working on in college particularly for those in a long distance relationship. It will definitely an easy way to unwind after a long and stressful day. On a winter night, tucked in a blanked this book is the best companion. The story tends to get slow in the middle but finally catches up after a few pages. One would definitely feel entertained after reading this book.