Saturday, September 13, 2014

Book Review: The Guardian Angels by Rohit Gore

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The Guardian Angels by Rohit Gore
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Free Copy from Author in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Grapevine India
Genre: Drama
Goodreads Average Rating: 4.00 stars

The 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.

---From Goodreads---


One phrase...
such a heart-touching story...

This is the first ever book I've read that is written by an Indian author and I have to say that I am really impressed. Well, I had so much expectations but none of it was fulfilled but the real story was indeed better than what my expectations are. 

At first, one would think that it is another cliche story of best friends, the other one is so rich and romantic while the other one is poor but a realistic one. They became friends, they fell in love, and they lived happily ever after like the usual rom-coms but this one is a big NO, NOT THAT WAY. Why? Because...

it's not an ordinary love story...
in fact, it's not a love story...
it's just a friendship story
a friendship with so much love...

The story is indeed very close to reality, where not all rich people are having the time of their lives, where corrupted people exist, where not all friendships ends to more than friends no matter how much they love each other, where lessons are learned the hard way, where people have different battles they have to fight for and where sacrifices are really made for another's happiness.

Oh! I'm getting carried away again!!

The Guardian Angels was a long epic and dramatic story of best friends that I definitely want to "ship". I want to really really "ship" them, like just tie them up together so they can never be apart, ever. I can't understand why they have to do some decisions that are frustrating to think about but that is what makes the story so realistic. Their friendship was built with so strong foundation, even stronger than the romantic(it's really obvious) feeling they feel for each other. 

There were times that while I was reading the 328 pages story, I would just suddenly accuse Adi of not being so sure enough to stand up for what he feels and Radha for being so full of her pride. The story is slow paced. It starts with Adi receiving Radha's diary. He read it and the the story flashes back to the past 2 decades starting from when they met. All those years, I was brought back to the lives of the two, from Adi's downfall, to Radha's despair, to
them being apart, to pursuing their dreams and beliefs, numerous fights they and the numerous "there was silence as they stared at each other and suddenly burst into laughter". It was so slow paced I thought it was becoming boring in the mid-part.

The most thrilling part is when Radha and Vedant were abducted and tortured. It kind of reminded me of the movie Ghajini. Gore has this talent of giving such a thrilling scene in a book and I was like shaking my phone while reading it. It was like a movie in my head already and then Adi came and everything went slow motion. Is it really possible to have that experience in a book? I mean, the slow-motion thing? 

I like how the author have presented it in a very mature point with things about politics, business, life, dreams and destinies and informative issues were being tackled. This piece is lovable and indeed dramatic. I really thought it's becoming boring(imagine 2 decades of narrating their lives) and I was scared that I wouldn't like it at all...

 but then I found myself crying and carried away....

...completely carried away in the last chapters especially at the last entry of Radha's diary. I will not spoil why it made me cry. I'll just leave it to that. It was even funny because after thinking that the 2 decade narration of their lives was really long, I hoped for more but it was already the end and I was left hanging. (sigh) Well, it was fun travelling for 2 decades. :D

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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 for more than a decade. 

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 currently lives in Pune , a wonderfully vibrant city with his wife. 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. (From Goodreads) Visit him at


  1. What a great review! And a friendship story is always welcome though it's too bad that girl gad her pride for it to go deeper...further. Indian author? Nice :) I'm so glad you loved this :D

    1. Thanks for dropping Lola. Yes, the author is Indian. Not that I'm judging but while reading it, I imagined it as a Bollywood film complete with all the musical stuff. Well, I guess that's just an awesome trademark you can't take away if the book is all Indian.. :)

  2. Awww. Love your review!! It really shows how much you loved the book. A book about friendship with romance and it made you cry? OKAY I LIKE THAT. :) Fantastic review, Vee! <3 Oh and Indian authors are brilliant!!!

    Paula M. @ Her Book Thoughts!

    1. Thanks for dropping Paula. Have you read other books written by Indians?



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