We shared the second excerpt of a five-part series of excerpts a week ago from the romantic novel ‘Tick-Tock we’re 30’. This is from the first Indian Mills & Boon author, Milan Vohra. Can’t get enough of it, right? Well, check out the third excerpt below!
Milan’s comment about the excerpt:
‘Tick-tock we’re 30’ is a book about a group of 12 friends, six guys and six girls who make a pact to meet again when they all turn 30. There’s also another pact that Nishad had made with Lara to hook up with each other if they were both still single at 30. In this scene, all the friends have arrived from all over the world; they’ve rented a house in Delhi, in the same area they grew up in. One of the couples from the gang, Daniel and Maneka had got married after college, had a baby and are now separated. While the gang is inside, Nishad and Lara have a temporary truce as they hang out on the balcony. A romance is blossoming between a driver and the baby’s ayah who is spectacularly nightmarish looking. One of the things I’m constantly amazed by, is how there seems to be a special someone for so many people out there in the world. It has nothing to do with who, what, where, why, your best friend may even think he/she is totally avoidable, but that’s the crazy thing about love isn’t it – how one person out of all the many you meet can become insanely attractive and special to you J
WE ARE STANDING ON THE NARROW STRIP OF BALCONY that gives us a view of the park below as well as the action inside the sitting room. ‘Do you ever remember it being this crazy?’ I ask Nishad. ‘Why? It looks perfectly sane to me,’ he says poker-faced.
I point my chin towards the low zigzag bars that make up the park gate I’ve spent so many hours of my life perched on. Now Sai’s driver is sitting on it, legs apart, leaning in towards Anna, the ayah, who has baby Sana in a pram. Now and then, Anna takes a peek to check on the baby. The rest of the time she’s playing the hair-and-chunni filmi game. Her hair is open and is billowing like a cloud around her head. Every once in a while, she takes a clip to pin it back. Minutes later, some tendrils come loose. She lets it down again. Leaves it loose.Then pins it back. Each time, she leans forward to hear what the man says, simpers coyly, looks down, looks away then moves on to the chunni game. This is pretty similar to the hair game, except that, when the wind blows the chunni away, Anna pulls it up high over the scooped kurta neckline.Winds it around her neck, twists the ends around her finger, and then back to the hair and come-hither look thing.
‘Interesting, isn’t it, how someone is always utterly attractive to someone else? For every male tree frog, there is a female tree frog whose dry skin and warts and bulging eyes are the most divine. And to you, Lara Bagai, a karela is a thing of beauty,’ Nishad comments, after we’ve been watching this mating game for a while.
So he remembers I love karela. So what?
‘I take it your interest in frogs is purely academic?’ I snigger.
‘I promise you I am not in danger of being madly besotted by one anytime soon,’ he half smiles.
Milan Vohra gained international recognition when one of her short stories won a nationwide Harlequin short story contest and made her the first Indian Mills & Boon author. Her book ‘The Love Asana’ became a huge bestseller and is being translated into several languages. Milan has also written a play, a musical comedy called “Maid in India’, short stories for anthologies like ‘Vanilla desires’ by Unisun Publishers , Young Adult stories for Penguin in ‘Love like that and other stories’ and also written TV scripts for Sesame Street in India.
Milan’s latest book ‘Tick-tock we’re 30’ by Westland is a reflective rom-com about old friendships, new chemistries, and imperfect urban relationships. Milan’s real claim to fame, she says, is that she is the world’s best worst dancer. You can follow her here on Facebook.
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Read review on Goodreads here: Nikita Jhanglani, 26 Oct, 2013
Quirky and classy
After reading Milan’s first book, you are sure to fall in love with this author. And the second one, well, it makes you fall in love with her all over again. An amazing read, the story and the characters in this book are all you can identify with. And in a very subtle and beautiful way, Milan just tells you to never stop hoping, never stop dreaming. Right from the beginning, or rather right from the time you’ve read the synopsis, you know how the story is going to end-some of it at least. But Milan has woven the whole story so interestingly that, with every twist in the story, I could feel my heart sinking and intrigued at the same time. Sinking because I would end up thinking that maybe Milan has something different planned for Nishad and Lara, and intrigued because I knew it would be fun to read to see how she goes about doing it.
All in all, this book was like one awesome journey and very relatable.
Thank you, Milan for this amazing read… Waiting for a lot more interesting stuff to come from you…