Anurag Anand’s latest book, Love on 3 Wheels is an unusual love story in which love is accompanied by thrill, drama, suspense and a heavy dose of reality, a range of emotions and a variety of characters which makes the book an interesting and wonderful read.
Unfolding a tale of five characters belonging to different walks of life in a period of three days, the story primarily revolves around a theft of Rs. 1 lac which puts the life of all the characters in frenzy. The novels begins with the story of Sargam who belongs to a lower middle class and works as a Secretary in a trading company whose dream in life is to earn her own money and settle down on her own terms. Travelling by the same auto rickshaw every day, she meets Sharif Sheikh, an auto driver who belongs to a poor family in a remote village of Azamgarh district who “would work sixteen hour shifts” and “…had set himself a personal target of buying his own auto rickshaw within a span of two years” and falls in love with one of the passengers, Sargam. Through him, another character is introduced, Ameena “…a girl with the same neighbourhood that Sharib would walk to school and back with” and whose marriage proposal is received by Sharib only to be turned down by him. However, following her love, she also moves to the city of Delhi and finds a job of cleaner at a doctor’s clinic.
Interspersing the lives of Sargam and Ameena is another character, Dr. Abhigyan Kukreti, “…a doctor who had a busy clinic in the heart of South Delhi” and is divorced. Put forth as a prospective suitor for Sargam by her parents and his ploy to impress her is somewhat of a shady nature, “…he somehow needed to impress her enough and lead her to his bed. He knew such virtuous girls well. Once he was able to penetrate the veil of her morality, she would become his.” Shadowing all their lives is yet another character, Junaid who was “…born and brought up in the cluster of slums adjoining the Okhla Industrial Estate” and whose purpose in life is “…to make loads of money, no matter what the means” and whose life become unsettled by the illness of his mother, his only source of strength in the world. With the coming together of all the characters, the drama unravels.
As mentioned earlier, Love on 3 Wheels is an unusual love story, not only in the terms of plot which is not clichéd as usually happens in the love stories where a boy meets a girl, falls in love and lives happily ever after with the girl of dreams of course, after overcoming some sort of tragedy which makes the book a refreshing read.
The book is also unusual in the terms of characterization; the author writes about the life of a common man – auto driver who belongs to the lowest rung of life and whose lives often remains shadowed and love story unimagined.
Not only that, the book is also unusual in the terms of ending as not everybody gets their wishes and desired fulfilled.
With punctilious observation skills, the author gives an insight into the life of every character and their motivations;
the characters are not painted in a black and white color but with strokes of understanding, sympathy and humanity which bring out everyone as a flesh and blood character and this is the major achievement of the book.
Briefly, the book also gives a glance into the class inequality as suffered by countless and faceless people on daily basis; it is they who are most exploited and misunderstood and suffers the most. As for love, not every character is so lucky, “True love, if ever such a thing existed, was not hers to find.”
Interesting and thrilling, entertaining and funny, the book is a light read and can be a good companion during travelling.
Highly recommended; Love on 3 Wheels is a short and stimulating read that can be finished within a span of a few hours.
Title: Love on 3 Wheels
Author: Anurag Anand
Publisher: Srishti Publishers
Genre: Fiction/ Romantic Fiction
Reviewed For: Author
About the Author
Anurag is a management professional who started his parallel career in writing at the age of 25 when he published his first non-fiction title, ‘Pillars of Success’. After his second non-fiction title, he shifted to the fiction genre and since then he has authored several books including bestsellers like The Legend of Amrapali and The Quest for Nothing. Anurag’s works have been lauded for their realistic treatment of subjects and the life-like interplay between characters.