Book review

Messed up! But all for Love by Arvind Parashar, Book Review

I am, today, talking about what I thought of the latest Indian Fiction I read. The writer is new to me. I haven’t read anything by him before and the blurb of this one caught my eye, so I requested a copy from the team at Writersmelon. Now the title of the book might indicate a mess however the story line was well written and there is no mess or chaos that you will feel just a lot of grey areas due to some questionable human behavior.

Also, can you believe we  are already 7 months down in the year, where did the time fly away 🙂 Happy Reading.

Title: Messed up! Bit all for love

Author: Arvind Parashar

Publisher: Srishti Publishers and Distributors

Published: May 2017

Location set in : Gurgaon, India

Profession of main characters: MNC executive and Dentist

Rating: 3/5

Book available at all Booksellers.


Neil is a senior executive working with a leading brand name and his wife Gauri is a dentist running her own clinic. They are a loving and doting young married couple, living a life of comfort in posh suburban Gurgaon. Neil’s fitness consultant Srinya seems to be stirring some trouble in their lives, though.

Drishti is a TV news anchor and journalist and her husband Somesh, a top cop. They are bored of their mundane busy lives, until a chance meeting with Neil and his friends in Cuba that changes everything.

To add sanity and madness to their lives are the funny and mysterious set of friends – Tom, Jerry, James, Mehr and Antriksha.

The havoc ensues when Drishti gets abducted and Neil is framed for it. Gauri finds out some bitter truths and leaves Neil. But what really is the truth?

When facts finally surface, we will know how much these lives are Messed Up! But All for Love.

My thoughts.

A group of friends their partners go through situations which put their love for their partners to test. Their friendship luckily survives almost unscathed untill the twist at the end. What creates unusual situations like being so drunk that they don’t realise what they were doing; ending up in jail; kidnapping and almost divorcing. Well all the things that would most definitely end up separating any real life couple happens to the characters but they are saved in the end.

Vacations abroad, getting drunk in the capital’s swanky bars, keeping things from the wife and partners just because they can. What I felt about the whole plot was characters with too much time on hands, money in pockets, alcohol, partying and when they ended up in  tough situations they used love as an excuse to justify their actions. An excess lifestyle landed the characters in murkier waters, perfectly living up to the title they do resemble people who are very much messed up due to love.

There were many times I felt is this just some rich people acting stupid but then the twist towards the end kind of saved it. It was almost worth reading through to the end but I still wishes the characters had more depth and honesty about them. It makes the story worth only when I see it from a mystery point of view.

 ‘I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.’ 


Arvind Parashar is an author and painter hailing from Dehradun. He has been a corporate leader in various firms like GE, Dell and Genpact. He enjoys road trips and gives motivational lectures at various educational institutes.

Reviewed by Bharti.

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