Flying Without Wings
Author: Rishabh Puri
Publisher: Harper Collins and Black Ink
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
For Milli Bajwa, life is at a stand-still. Grounded in the Chandigarh airport where she works day after day, she watches flights leaving for destinations she knows she’ll never visit. Loveless and luckless, she would rather bury her nose in a book than face her grim reality. And then, on a whim, she swipes right on a new dating app and finds the man of her dreams – someone who can sweep her off her feet and teach her how to fly. But the mysterious and charming Karan Singhania has secrets of his own, and a heart damaged in more ways than one. This is the story of two people about to find out how far they’re willing to go for the promise of true love.
Let’s begin with the first thought that came to my mind when I got this book- Oh damn, this is going to be an extremely slow paced read. And indeed, it took me forever to get through this cheesy and extremely predictable romantic novel titled ‘Flying Without Wings’.
A general breakdown of the novel leaves us with the following points:
- An extremely rich guy, Karan, who has no idea what he is doing with his love life. A lot of fleeting relationships, gold digger girlfriends, and terrible one-night stands. *plays Zindagi-ne-zindagi-bhar-gham-diye in the background*
- An Independent woman, Milli, who believes in fairy tails and handsome princes and is looking for her prince charming
- Their lives intersect (via a Dating App) and therefore, blooms a full-fledged romance, that is both cheesy and has been written about a zillion time
- Ah yes, problems: Karan has a disease (description unknown) and thus, their life changes. Now the question is, Will Milli, abandon the love of her life in such a difficult and painful situation?
If there’s one thing that I am super proud of, is to see such a huge change in Rishabh Puri’s writing and story-telling style. And I hope he continues to grow and be a better writer over time.
Now, this particular book is a great one time read for the souls who want a piece of Bollywood in everything they do/read. A ‘been-there, read-that’ novel on love, with some really adorable moments and some terribly difficult ones. On the brighter side, its a very ‘hopeful’ kinda book and leaves your heart all happy and fluttery.