Ping, by Rashi Dubey, 2018

Title: Ping

Author: Rashi Dubey

Publisher: Half Baked Beans

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Paperback

Language: English

No. of pages: 146

Synopsis:

Fasten your seat belts, and get ready for a high voltage roller-coaster ride!!!

Era of Yahoo chats, 2004. Riddhi desires nothing more than an average life. but a ‘Ping’ from Aarush changes the course of her life. Although both are poles apart, yet unknowingly seeking one common thing – ‘their life path’. And the journey begins with falling in love.

But will they make it to the end? Are two highly incompatible individuals capable of filling the gaps in each other’s imperfect lives to make it perfect? Is being in love much more than ‘forever togetherness’? Can love help you realize and fulfil your innermost desires?

Begin your ride with ‘Ping!’ to know more.

My review:

I got a free review copy from the publishers in return for an honest review.

Like the name of the book suggests, a great portion of the book is shown through messages – after all, it is set in a time when there was no Whatsapp, or Snapchat. In this regard the book is very nostalgic for all the 80s and 90s kids. Being a 90s kid myself, it also induced nostalgia in me. But now, gone are the days when we had to wait for emails to contact people and some were still using letters as a means.

Set in those times, the book also perfectly portrays the problems Riddhi and Aarush have to face as they get tangled up in the crazy web of love. Ping is set in 2004, an era of Yahoo chats. Our protagonist Riddhi is a college going girl, who simply wants an average life. But a Ping from our male protagonist changes the course of their life. From being acquaintances to good friends, to falling in love, Riddhi and Aarush have a rollercoaster ride forward.

This book also addresses the issue of long-distance relationship and how to tackle it. It is inevitable that they get frustrated at times, but Riddhi and Aarush overcome that and their love only remains strong. When the time comes for them to get married, of course life interferes. Read the book is you would like to know what happens – will they make it to the end? Are two highly incompatible individuals capable of filling the gaps in each other’s imperfect lives to make it perfect? Is being in love much more than ‘forever togetherness’? Can love help you realize and fulfil your innermost desires?

The author uses a simple language and everyone can understand it. However I found that the beginning was a bit boring because it use the same concept that is also available in so many more books. Perhaps including a twist may have been helpful in capturing the reader’s attention. Some parts were also stretched thing and unnecessarily elongated the narrative. The story become predictable towards the middle and that really affected my reading. I think that the plot overall, is quite common.

Verdict:

It was a good read but there is scope for development. I rate it 2/5 stars.

About the author:

Rashi Dubey is a software engineer by qualification, but her heart lies in reading and writing. She was brought up in India, in the city of Uttar Pradesh known as Aligarh. Currently, she is residing in Gurgaon with her husband and a five-year-old son. 

Apart from being a passionate reader and writer, she also enjoys travelling to new places, enjoys solitude, and loves trying different cuisines. She loves listening to fast beats and grooving on them. 

She has following books in her name as follows:

‘What Will People Think?’
‘The Heart Affair: A short story’
‘Ping!’

You can contact her at rashi.dubey811@gmail.com

About the reviewer:

Nayanika Saikia, is one of the foremost book reviewers from the North-east and Assam, and is also an admin for the official India bookstagram page on Instagram. She publishes her own reviews and recommendations for poetry, fiction, non-fiction etc. on her bookstagram account @pretty_little_bibliophile which won the NorthEast Creator Awards 2018, as well as in daily newspapers, online magazines etc.  She can be contacted at nayanikasaikia98@gmail.com .

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