Author: Rashi Dubey
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Page Count: 146
Published: February, 2019
Fasten your safety 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 her course of 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 life to make it perfect? Is being in love much more than ‘forever togetherness’? Can love help you to realize and fulfil your innermost desires? Begin your ride with ‘Ping!’ to know more.
PING! is the love story of Riddhi and Aarush, which starts from Yahoo Messenger, so we can call it online dating as well. They loved each other and cared for each other, and finally decided to get married, even without informing their parents, thinking that they will eventually accept them. But, unfortunately Riddhi’s parents don’t accept them and abandoned their daughter. She started living with Aarush and his parents, and within few months they started fighting at every other thing, they started having long arguments which would last days, and became distant. Will they be able to save their relationship? Will the love fade away?
Conflict is an inevitable part of human relationships. No matter how much you love someone, at some point you are going to have different opinions on certain things. It is then that you may experience a fluctuation in the harmony of the union, and it depends on you how to deal with it. Some people solve their differences, while others keep on fighting over the same thing. This topic is very common these days, but there are very few who talk about it, and Rashi is one of them. She has beautifully beaded the story around this particular topic. This was my first drama- based novel. I used to think that most of the drama-based books are boring, but this book proved that it was a wrong preconceived notion. The story is a bit clichè but the way it is written is commendable.
The cover and the title describe the book perfectly. There are many emojis on the cover page which show the different emotions which one will go through while reading this book. The book also talks about a very sensitive issue, that is dowry. It a serious social evil which is still practiced in many parts of our country.
The characterization is very well, and most of the characters are very much relatable. The author has beautifully described the all the feelings that the characters went through.
“After every dark night,
we wake up to a shining bright day;
After shedding old leaves,
Trees are loaded with new ones”
These lines describe the climax of the story perfectly.
Overall, it was an entertaining read, and I would surely recommend it to other readers.
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 is the author of the fiction books ‘What Will People Think?’, ‘The Heart Affair’, and few short stories like ‘Soulmates’ & ‘High School Reunion’.
Her latest book ‘PING!’ released on 14th February 2019.