Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake

Title : Tea for Two and a Piece of Caketea-for-two
Author : Preeti Shenoy
Publisher : Ebury Press
ISBN : 978-81-8400-279-9
Number of Pages : 263
Price [INR] : 125
Genre: Fiction

Having finished reading a book last night (CB’s Revolution 2020), it was time to pick a new book. And I picked “Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake’ from my library cupboard.

Read the prologue while standing near the cupboard and I was glued to this book. The story was so very captivating right from the page 1 that I forgot to have my tea and it just went cold, didn’t play FarmVille and was reading it while I was scanning a document!! Yes, it is that gripping a tale of Nisha, Samir and Akash.

Synopsis : Nisha, a plump, plain looking, 26 year old working woman is over the moon when a sophisticated and charming Samir finds her interesting and takes her out for a date. A fairy-tale romance and a ‘will you marry me?’, later, Nisha has a perfect life which is completed with 2 lovely kids. And 8 years later, the fairy tale comes to a shattering end when her husband ends their marriage over the phone, for that was not his idea of a perfect life. A devastated Nisha, moves out of his home, starts a new life and business with the help of an old colleague Akash. While Akash wants Nisha to be in his life, she is sceptical. Will she be lucky, the second time?

Review : I have read the first 2 books written by Preeti. While “34 Bubblegum and Candies” is a collection of 34 real life common everyday incidents, her second book, “Life is What You Make It” is an inspiring story of a girl suffering from Bi-polar disorder. Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake is Preeti’s third book. It’s a love story which has a ‘different’ twist.

It’s a story of relationships… love, friendship, marriage in contemporary India.

Nisha and Samir’s story… a whirlwind romance and a marriage between 2 people who are so different in personalities but are bound together initially by love and later on as the differences in the basic thought process starts occurring, they separate without actually working on the marriage or the differences, is reflective of our today’s society.

And then the live-in relationship between Nisha and Akash, though is not as common as the separation between couples part but is making its presence in our social structure.

The grit and determination Nisha shows post separation from her husband, to get her life back on track, is a lesson and inspiration for every woman who suffers any setback in life.

The story is so fast paced that it is simply impossible to tear yourself apart from the book and you’d like to finish reading the book at one go.

Came across an error in the book about the birth month of Nisha’s daughter. The personal journal which Nisha maintains shows that her daughter, Tanya is born on August 6th while the latter part of story reads like this… “Tanya’s birthday is coming up in three weeks. Her school is closed for half-yearly December break. Mama, my school is always closed for my birthday.”

In all, Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake is a heart-warming, entertaining and engrossing read.

Rating : 4/5

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28 thoughts on “Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake

  1. Ah sounds like an interesting book. I will read it if I get time. I am about to finish fifty shades series. Wat too overrated. Time wasted. But thanks to my OCD, I had to read them all.

    • This one is good and even the Life is What you Make it is interesting too!
      Oh, you also have the same feedback for 50 shades… and I was thinking of checking it out after reading all the hullabaloo that is there about this one! 😐

  2. I toohad found that error and even mailed the author, She had said that she is getting it rectifed in the next print. Besides that there was another error too which I don’t remember now.
    As far as the book was concerned I found it very readable and as us aid contemporary.

    • Ohk, that’s cool. I had bought this long back, but read only now, so may be I have the initial print. I saw a couple of punctuation errors!
      The story is fast paced, so you keep turning the pages to read more!

  3. i have no idea how you could like an average writer like preeti shenoy ! i found her writing very ordinary and uninspiring
    followed u through blogadda to here shilpa,but i am disappointed. by no means i wanna discourage u,but please do read some quality writers like ismat chughtai or khaled hosseini

    • Hi Mandeep! Welcome to this space and thanks for following from Blogadda!
      Good to know your reading preferences!
      Well, I am an avid reader and I read anything that I come across. I wouldn’t mind picking up a M&B or even a Nancy Drew today. Have read both the books from Khaled Hosseini and much much more! Finally, I also believe in the concept of ‘to each his own’! 🙂

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