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Leena, Tia and Jasmine, each have a past that has made them what they are and which still continues to cast a shadow on their lives as far as love and relationships are concerned. Leena almost always falls for older men. Is there a painful story behind her aversion to younger men or is it just a coincidence? Leena, the girl who loves sporting a pony tail and casual looks, Leena, Tia and Jasmine, each have a past that has made them what they are and which still continues to cast a shadow on their lives as far as love and relationships are concerned. Leena almost always falls for older men. Is there a painful story behind her aversion to younger men or is it just a coincidence? Leena, the girl who loves sporting a pony tail and casual looks, has been through tough times which have made her mature but at heart she is still Daddy's little angel and dotes on her recuperating, erstwhile-alcoholic father. She falls in and out of failed relationships, braves heartbreak, fights her inner demons and finds her true love in the end with somebody no one would have ever imagined, given her taste and inclinations. Tia, the goody-goody, super-talented introvert beauty is the proverbial jack of all trades. She just loves writing or blogging and her other major love in life is predicting fashion trends, following all the happenings in the fashion world and be a step ahead in the whats-in-vogue-and-whats-out world. She loves dressing up as much as she loves her polka dotted dress because it is her lucky dress that gets her the attention of Sam. But life can never be so simple, can it? The shy and meek Tia struggles and rises above all her fears, faces the dramatic family ire, works for her passion and ambitions -- supported all the way by her gem of a boyfriend and two loving roomies. Jasmine is the most colourful character of the three and lives her life like a free bird. She has no time for love, but plenty of time for flirting, short-term affairs and even one-night stands are not a taboo for her. However, she has faced a disturbing past that even her parents don't know about, but God and her godmother help her live through this phase. The Jasmine of today dresses seductively, purrs and pouts with her plum lips, parties hard and is simply determined to make her life as much fun as possible, but has Jasmine really got over Jerry Matthews, her first love? Has Jerry got over her? Will Jasmine's wild ways have no ramifications? She will get all these answers and more unexpected twists and turns to face. Life is good when you have a loving life-partner, but it's even better when you have dear and dependable friends. For Leena, Tia and Jasmine, life has plenty of struggles in store but also plenty of cheers and smiles along the way as they journey together. ****************************************** About the author: Amrita Anand Nayak, an IT professional working with BMC Software, Pune, has lived in many parts of India, courtesy, her father's government job. She completed her education in Delhi and moved to Pune for her first job with Infosys in 2003. She fell in love with the city, aka 'Oxford of the East', graduated from babe-in-the-woods to become sharp and savvy, fell in love, relished her freedom, got married and even became a Mom! At present, she is juggling between her job and family and struggling to keep her sanity and balance intact because as per her, 'the little bundles of joy in our lives mostly come with huge bundles of responsibility and promise of countless sleepless nights'. Besides story-telling, she enjoys anchoring, dramatics, sketching and like most of the writers, she is an avid reader and book-lover. Polka Dots, Pony Tails and Purple Pouts is her first book and she aspires to be a raconteur par excellence.


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Leena, Tia and Jasmine, each have a past that has made them what they are and which still continues to cast a shadow on their lives as far as love and relationships are concerned. Leena almost always falls for older men. Is there a painful story behind her aversion to younger men or is it just a coincidence? Leena, the girl who loves sporting a pony tail and casual looks, Leena, Tia and Jasmine, each have a past that has made them what they are and which still continues to cast a shadow on their lives as far as love and relationships are concerned. Leena almost always falls for older men. Is there a painful story behind her aversion to younger men or is it just a coincidence? Leena, the girl who loves sporting a pony tail and casual looks, has been through tough times which have made her mature but at heart she is still Daddy's little angel and dotes on her recuperating, erstwhile-alcoholic father. She falls in and out of failed relationships, braves heartbreak, fights her inner demons and finds her true love in the end with somebody no one would have ever imagined, given her taste and inclinations. Tia, the goody-goody, super-talented introvert beauty is the proverbial jack of all trades. She just loves writing or blogging and her other major love in life is predicting fashion trends, following all the happenings in the fashion world and be a step ahead in the whats-in-vogue-and-whats-out world. She loves dressing up as much as she loves her polka dotted dress because it is her lucky dress that gets her the attention of Sam. But life can never be so simple, can it? The shy and meek Tia struggles and rises above all her fears, faces the dramatic family ire, works for her passion and ambitions -- supported all the way by her gem of a boyfriend and two loving roomies. Jasmine is the most colourful character of the three and lives her life like a free bird. She has no time for love, but plenty of time for flirting, short-term affairs and even one-night stands are not a taboo for her. However, she has faced a disturbing past that even her parents don't know about, but God and her godmother help her live through this phase. The Jasmine of today dresses seductively, purrs and pouts with her plum lips, parties hard and is simply determined to make her life as much fun as possible, but has Jasmine really got over Jerry Matthews, her first love? Has Jerry got over her? Will Jasmine's wild ways have no ramifications? She will get all these answers and more unexpected twists and turns to face. Life is good when you have a loving life-partner, but it's even better when you have dear and dependable friends. For Leena, Tia and Jasmine, life has plenty of struggles in store but also plenty of cheers and smiles along the way as they journey together. ****************************************** About the author: Amrita Anand Nayak, an IT professional working with BMC Software, Pune, has lived in many parts of India, courtesy, her father's government job. She completed her education in Delhi and moved to Pune for her first job with Infosys in 2003. She fell in love with the city, aka 'Oxford of the East', graduated from babe-in-the-woods to become sharp and savvy, fell in love, relished her freedom, got married and even became a Mom! At present, she is juggling between her job and family and struggling to keep her sanity and balance intact because as per her, 'the little bundles of joy in our lives mostly come with huge bundles of responsibility and promise of countless sleepless nights'. Besides story-telling, she enjoys anchoring, dramatics, sketching and like most of the writers, she is an avid reader and book-lover. Polka Dots, Pony Tails and Purple Pouts is her first book and she aspires to be a raconteur par excellence.

30 review for Polka Dots, Pony Tails and Purple Pouts ("Popular Indian Fiction")

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

    It’s a story of three friends, who are also room-mates, as they live their lives and face various situations and difficulties. First is Tia, the Polka Dots represent her in the title of the story. She is a fashion crazy girl who is but introvert b nature. She loves her Polka Dotted dress as it was the one dress she was wearing when Sam first ‘noticed’ her. Then comes Jasmine – the Purple Pouts of the title. She is lively, trendy and flirty who parties hard to live life to the fullest. But behind It’s a story of three friends, who are also room-mates, as they live their lives and face various situations and difficulties. First is Tia, the Polka Dots represent her in the title of the story. She is a fashion crazy girl who is but introvert b nature. She loves her Polka Dotted dress as it was the one dress she was wearing when Sam first ‘noticed’ her. Then comes Jasmine – the Purple Pouts of the title. She is lively, trendy and flirty who parties hard to live life to the fullest. But behind her various short term relationships, lies the secret Jerry – her first love. Lastly, but by no means the least, is Leena. Pony Tails of the title represents her simply because she loves to wear her hair in a Pony Tail. She is Daddy’s little girl who always falls for older men. Behind the smokescreen of these three lively girls, lie their story of love, betrayal and hurt. As the story uncovers their lives, the readers are taken on a globe-trotting and heart touching journey of these three girls who are similar yet so different from each other. They live through the roller coaster rides of their lives with the help of the love and support of each other. Leena’s dedication to her recovering alcoholic father, Tia’s fight for her love and Jasmine’s first love all became a part of my life as I turned each page. Character wise, I have to say that all the three protagonists are well developed and distinct. There are few side characters that also play an important role. You’ll love them and be irritated of them, yet you’ll feel compelled to be a part of their lives. The plot is simple and easy to relate to. We all have had people in our lives who could play the parts of Polka Dots, Pony Tails and Purple Pouts well enough. Amrita has also managed to keep the flow of the story smooth with appropriate amount of humour, drama and emotions. She has created a perfect reflection of the modern Indian women who may often stray away from the traditional mould, yet are inspiring. It’s an entertaining read that I would suggest the chic-lit fans to give a try.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Reena Das

    I am a big fan of RED DRESS INK books and for a long time I have been craving for Indian version of those publications who would publish such books on modern women, their day-to-day struggles, issues, relationships, fun-filled moments and their outlook on life. While the West have SATC, Desperate Housewives and even the hugely popular Friends where Rachael, Monica and Phoebey are best freinds and women with such strong individualities and personal interests and exciting lives! Sadly, in India, we I am a big fan of RED DRESS INK books and for a long time I have been craving for Indian version of those publications who would publish such books on modern women, their day-to-day struggles, issues, relationships, fun-filled moments and their outlook on life. While the West have SATC, Desperate Housewives and even the hugely popular Friends where Rachael, Monica and Phoebey are best freinds and women with such strong individualities and personal interests and exciting lives! Sadly, in India, we do not have such fun-to-read novels coming so often, nor do we have such soaps. We have had movies like Turning 30, Aisha and novels like Almost Single, Single in the City, Zoya Factor and soaps like...well, I can't think of any...our soaps are all full of sickening, hackneyed Saas-Bahu sagas. Coming back to Polka Dots...well, the only thing that I did not like about the novel was the length of the title. It's too long! Almost like a tongue-twister! Having said that, I agree that the long title only goes on to give the readers a glimpse of what they are buying...it gives a glimpse of the characters of the 3 protagonists. The chapters are interestingly named and the thread of narrative is brilliantly handled. The story jumps from Pune to kerela to US to Japan to Mumbai to Mirchnagar...The reader travels along with the three girls and their kith and kin to different parts of India and the world and it is a pretty interesting journey. The plot at a couple of places is a bit of a cache for example the unplanned pregnancy. But then it(the plot) lifts itself up and does not go on to become too predictable (Thank God!). The melodramatic Chris is funny and the agony of Sam Tokas is touching. The wake-up call of conscience for Leena and Jasmine are well thought-of and you end up empathizing with the girls though their deeds are not ethically correct or pardonable by our traditional Indian moral standards. But they are human after all and that is what the writer has tried to depict and remind us. It is easy to slam the values (or lack of them) of urban women. But the writer, an IT professional herself, has tried to make the readers see the story from the mascara-laden eyes of our modern-day women themselves. It is a well-written book and well, I could not stop smiling at so many places throughout the story! Thanks for the smiles, Ms. Nayak. Kudos!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Priti

    On the cover page of the book a few words are written “A roller coaster ride of love, emotions and situation" and that’s what this book is about. Not even for a moment I got bored with the book, normally books have both highs and lows but there are no lows in this book. Not even for once the author loses the grip over the story and not even once comes the moment when you would feel like keeping down the book. Some of the part of the book is written like a play where each character has been given On the cover page of the book a few words are written “A roller coaster ride of love, emotions and situation" and that’s what this book is about. Not even for a moment I got bored with the book, normally books have both highs and lows but there are no lows in this book. Not even for once the author loses the grip over the story and not even once comes the moment when you would feel like keeping down the book. Some of the part of the book is written like a play where each character has been given dialogues and that’s what I enjoyed most about the book. Other than that what I liked most about the book is that the author has well researched the characters in the book before writing about them. Even the small details have been given utmost importance like about the jats, programming, software engineers, coding and fashion.  Moreover, the author has very delicately handled the topics of extra-marital affairs, single mothers and the gays of which lately our legal system seems to be total against. I wish a day does come in India when the gays will be given as much respect as others and they can legally get married and adopt children. This book is not just another love story but is a lot more about human emotions and life and our typical Indian society. It’s a must read for everyone. I would totally recommend this book to the people of all the generations. For complete review: http://wp.me/p42KXV-2a

  4. 5 out of 5

    Book Reviews & Promotion

    This is the story of 3 friends - Leena ,Tia and Jasmine. This is one of the finest book i have ever read.I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characterization is done well. Jasmine had inherited her mother's good looks and her father's brains.Basically from kolkata, West bengal. She was a serial dater.She had been into many flings and relationships in the last 3-4 years. Ofcourse , the social networking sites were always available to offer help. Tia possessed the characteristics which are unmatche This is the story of 3 friends - Leena ,Tia and Jasmine. This is one of the finest book i have ever read.I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characterization is done well. Jasmine had inherited her mother's good looks and her father's brains.Basically from kolkata, West bengal. She was a serial dater.She had been into many flings and relationships in the last 3-4 years. Ofcourse , the social networking sites were always available to offer help. Tia possessed the characteristics which are unmatched and endless - Genuine ,affectionate, innocent ,polite , kind, honest, talented .Tia managed to look sexy. Long before the seventies style inspired polka dots made their re-entry in tops and dresses.Tia had them in her closet.She was ahead in fashion and her sense was her fashion sense which never failed her. On the weekly afternoon tea-time all the three friends- Leena,Tia and Jasmine would just gossiped and kept each other abreast of the happenings and the non-happenings of their lives. I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. A delightful book to read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shayari

    A below average book, after having read some really good urban contemporary fiction. This book revolves around three girl friends, and the title is inspired with each of their signature dressing style. What I seriously felt lacking was that the author did not add much depth in the characters, and this somewhere fails to strike a chord with the reader. There are so many things happening to these girls, and when you think you relate and emphatize with one.. the plot leaps to another girl's life, lea A below average book, after having read some really good urban contemporary fiction. This book revolves around three girl friends, and the title is inspired with each of their signature dressing style. What I seriously felt lacking was that the author did not add much depth in the characters, and this somewhere fails to strike a chord with the reader. There are so many things happening to these girls, and when you think you relate and emphatize with one.. the plot leaps to another girl's life, leaving you bamboozled! Pick it up at your own risk. I have burnt my fingers and pockets on this one :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anuya

    This book is pretty mediocre. Right from the premises to writing. This is the story of 3 girl friends who are roomies as well. It basically pens out their love lives and friendship with each other. It could have been really good but author made it really clichéd. Tia's love story was too cheesy for my state. I mean author had to show that to make in-laws like you have to convert into typical bahu. about jasmine and leena, their stories were quite clichéd as well. There was no element if surprise This book is pretty mediocre. Right from the premises to writing. This is the story of 3 girl friends who are roomies as well. It basically pens out their love lives and friendship with each other. It could have been really good but author made it really clichéd. Tia's love story was too cheesy for my state. I mean author had to show that to make in-laws like you have to convert into typical bahu. about jasmine and leena, their stories were quite clichéd as well. There was no element if surprise or nothing new in the story, quite predictable. If it was bit more hilarious, I think it could have been a little better

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pragti Rathore

    I found it highly normal, nothing out of the extraordinary. I was attrated towards it by the title but it turned out to be one of those typical books by Indian writers. Recommended for people who like light-weight romance :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Swapna Peri ( Books Review Cafe )

    A perfect bollywood script

  9. 5 out of 5

    William K. Moses Jr.

    This book was alright. The language used was ok, with a few errors here and there. At times it seemed that the author tried to hard to make her language sound good with the use of similes, but I think that was only in the initial stages of the book. The story was alright as well. Final verdict: meh, it was ok.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ankita Pandey

    This was a typical Bollywood type book where anyone can easily predict what's next! The main turn-off for me was that the chapters were divided and totally dedicated on each girl's story... like one chapter starts and ends with closing one of the roomie's story... I wanted to finish this book ASAP as I wanted to get over it... This was a typical Bollywood type book where anyone can easily predict what's next! The main turn-off for me was that the chapters were divided and totally dedicated on each girl's story... like one chapter starts and ends with closing one of the roomie's story... I wanted to finish this book ASAP as I wanted to get over it...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tania Roy

    The novel is about three froomies (friends-cum-roommates) - Leena, Tia and Jasmine. The story sheds light on varied issues like office-love, Khap panchayats, pre-marital pregnancy etc. Though some of the circumstances appeared too perfect to believe, it still provided a warm read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Komal

    An ok ok book. I felt that there were too many characters and the story line was very predictable and cliched. Its a typical story with love and break-ups all around. I didn't find the writing too captivating as well. I would prefer Varsha Dixit's books over this. An ok ok book. I felt that there were too many characters and the story line was very predictable and cliched. Its a typical story with love and break-ups all around. I didn't find the writing too captivating as well. I would prefer Varsha Dixit's books over this.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rohit Singhal

    really a roller coaster ride while reading this...a nice girly, and they lived happily ever after type of book (y) nyc :) it keeps u engaged till the end...though its not that suspense or unpredictable kinda book but u eagerly wait for the next happiness that awaits for these girls :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anirudh Pai

    Interestes me so much

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anoli Dalal

    awsome book

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aruna Kumar Gadepalli

    Easy and quick read. Story about three young women.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sussan Syed

    hostel life story...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kritika Manchanda

    Predictable yet enjoyable.... (And this is the smallest book review I have ever written)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Arundhati Sitoke

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anirudh

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amrutha

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandeep

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shaheda Shaik

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nishant Jha

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gerrard

  26. 4 out of 5

    sunil nainwal

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joheb Khan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sowmya Dnavis

  29. 5 out of 5

    Niharika Mehra

  30. 4 out of 5

    Akunthita Gogoi

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