Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Guardian Angels - Live Love, And Life

Guardian Angels is the epic and tumultuous story of two star-crossed lovers who weren’t just soul-mates but were also each other’s protectors.

The fates of Adi Mehta and Radha Deodhar are deeply entwined when within days of their first rendezvous they save each other’s lives.

Despite their vast sociopolitical differences, they are drawn to an uncertain future fraught with contrasting ambitions, personas and ideologies.

. . . he is the son of a billionaire, she is the daughter of a socialist.

. . . he is quiet and unassuming, she is a firebrand and spirited.

However, the unexplained phenomena ties them forever – whenever they are in peril, they are each other’s only saviors.

Over the following two decades Adi and Radha live through hope and despair, joy and sadness, and try to decipher their relationship. As the truth of their bond is revealed, they must confront the true nature of love, and ultimately, their destinies.

About the Author 
Rohit Gore grew up in a number of towns in India. At various times in his childhood, he wanted to be a theatre actor, an architect and a bookshop owner.

After his engineering degree, he was based in Mumbai. An MBA from S P Jain Institute followed and since then he is in the IT industry.

He loves sports, specifically the discussing and watching part of it, since the playing days are long gone. He has travelled a lot – a consequence of living in Mumbai and London. His greatest passion is reading and it inspired him to write. He is a frequent contributor to many online writing forums and wishes there were more writing groups.

He has a keen interest in history, especially the history of music and arts. One of the things he would like to get better at is photography. 

He currently lives in Pune, a wonderfully vibrant city with his wife Pranita and son Sahil.

As a book reviewer I am supposed to pen down the thoughts that emerge in my mind while reading a novel, whether it is deep or shallow. It’s my responsibility to throw light on the canvas that the authors have created and provide my opinions. However, when your mind goes numb, and words desert you, what can you say?

The Guardian Angels by Rohit Gore is one such novel that doesn’t give me the luxury of constructing full grown sentences to voice my thoughts. It doesn’t allow me to vent out the emotions that have flown deep inside me while I turned the pages of this book. Rather, this book had me lost, lost in the magic of its plot, its story line, and tugged the heart that used to beat steadily before I picked up this book, but not anymore.

And yes, I find myself lost in the bond between the protagonists, Adi and Radha. Perhaps, lost in love, and lost in respect, to the brilliant chemistry that they portray in this novel. Mr. Gore, I should thank you for sketching love in a pure, blissful way.

When the market is flooded with love stories, this novel comes as a breath of fresh air. Now, this one is a love story too, but without the pretenses and any artificiality. Rather, this is simple, prosaic and flows deeply like a subtle poem.

The Guardian Angels describe the story of Adi Mehta and Radha Deodhar, who cross paths several times in different phases of their lives, sometimes holding promises of a sweet togetherness, while at other times dropping tears of loneliness and separation; but they are together, always; for who can question destiny when it has already plotted the points that need to be traversed. Adi and Radha are different, in the way they have been brought up, in their ideologies, and in their principles, but at the end of it, they are united by a special bond – the bond of trust and friendship.

And the bond of love.

Though they try not to acknowledge this fact, there is no escaping the truth. They grow with it, and live with it, shying away from acceptance, but still nurturing dreams of togetherness. They are near, but far, and far, yet near. Their undefined relationship often drives them to the pure joy that’s felt when dreams are achieved. However, at the very next moment, they are enveloped by the realization that the dreams they nurture are absolutely futile.

Rohit Gore uses his words well, and as such, this is a novel that should be read slowly, thoroughly. You need to do justice to the paintings that the words create, and like a faithful admirer, you are slowly, gradually drawn into this world of colors. The Guardian Angels manages to make you smile, and at times, you shed that single drop of tear, but then, The Guardian Angels wipes it as well.

How I wish things could have been a bit smoother for Adi and Radha, but then, that wouldn't have been life. We live in hardships, suffer difficulties, and emerge out of it, only to understand the meaning of our existence better. Rohit Gore showcases life and love, in an uncharacteristically true and honest way. This is a book that must be read, re-read, and lived. 

Title: The Guardian Angels
Author: Rohit Gore
Publisher: Grapevine India
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Number of Pages: 328
My Rating: 4/5

Buy this book here.

The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.


  1. Hey.. Thanks for the review.. I like love stories.. And for its simplicity and innocence and honest way of writing I think I should definately give it a try..!

  2. Seems like an interesting read.

  3. Amrit, I am going to ask the Madison, Wisconsin Library to purchase some copies of this book. Our city is quite diverse and I believe there would be great interest in this story. Thanks for posting this review! Amy

  4. Nice review. The book seems to interesting and worth reading.