Book Review #33: Guilty By Choice

Name: Guilty By Choice
Author: Shanti Paramshivan
No. of Pages: 297
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: BecomeShakespeare.Com
Price: Rs. 150/-
Published in: 2014
The blurb of the book says:
Kiana Shetty is a young, dynamic and beautiful girl who lives in Mumbai with her mother and a younger brother. Like every recent graduate, she dreams of making it big and making it big quickly. But fate may have other plans for her in the form of her own brother: meet Viraaj, Kiana’s younger brother, who works at a call center but wants to open his own tattoo studio some day and he will do anything to make that happen.

Mumbai is known as the city of dreams and they say if you’re brave enough to shoot for the moon, you’ll at least land up among the stars. Viraaj sets out to do just that, but he may have taken the help of some very different means to achieve his dreams. While Kiana deals with Viraaj’s dreadful secrets, she also has to put up with Abhit, Viraaj’s best friend, who won’t stop professing his love for her at every opportunity he gets. It looks like the only person she can trust in all this hullabaloo is Sarthak, her best friend and colleague. But for how long?

Will Kiana be able to get out of the mess that she actually has nothing to do with? Or has Viraaj already gone too far that Kiana can’t help but be collateral damage?

Guilty By Choice is a story about dreams, about love, about friendship, and above all, family. Because in the end, you do it all for the family, right?

About the author:
She has a degree in microbiology from Mumbai University. With passion to travel and meeting new people, she believes in living an optimistic life. She loves listening to music especially Lucky Ali’s tracks. Residing in Navi Mumbai, the author is a die hard fan of Ranbir Kapoor.

Cover: Looking at the cover and reading the title, I expected a story where the protagonist will take help of all wrong means to make it big for the sake of her family. But I was very much wrong.
Writing:The writing is straight without any creative style.

Story: As the blurb says, it is a story about Kiana, her brother Viraaj and their lives. The blurb asserts that “Because in the end, you do it all for the family, right?“. Well, I didn’t find anything solid which the protagonist and her brother were doing for the family. There was a slight hint about reviving the family business but the plot doesn’t revolve around that. It involves more of a wedding, annoying relatives, Kiana’s job, Viraaj wanting to own a tattoo studio and Abhit professing his love. Not much creativity is reflected by the writing style either. 

I give “Guilty By Choice” 2 stars on a scale of 5.

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