Arpita Chipkar’s debut novel Are You Magic or Am I A Trick? is a modern day fairy tale, a fantasy romance saga, which takes its readers on a journey of love, miracles and a book character coming alive!!!!
Chipkar shows promise in areas of plot and characterisation.
The plot is simple, a writer is in love with a character she created, and miraculously the character comes alive, this basic plot is entwined with another story (which Chipkar very cleverly inserts in the middle) is the story of Mihir and Tanya, as written by Tania- the writer. There is a story within a story, the layered story telling is intriguing, keeps the mystery alive and fun-filled. The book has quite a few twist and turns and the ending is different to what we normally see in the romance genre. The book starts with the story of Tanya, a young and beautiful writer, whose latest Novel is a grand success. To celebrate, her family throws a success party. It is at that party Mihir Singh Rajput materializes and declares that he is not just a character, and he is real!!! What follows is for you to read and find out for yourself.
Chipkar’s portrayal of Mihir Singh Rajput is overly perfect; well I guess the essence of that character is nothing less than perfection. Her depiction of Tanya-the writer is fresh, we don’t find heroines who love themselves often, Tanya is confident and loves herself and asserts that over and over, that’s why she is very likeable. Tanya-the fashion designer is a character in the making, we see flashes of the strength of her character when she manages to save herself on several occasions but her girlish antics refrains us from believing so. Somewhere I feel her love for Mihir takes over her real self, she remains a shadow of herself only obsessing over love and Mihir. I wish Chipkar gave her more power when it came to love; she is always at the mercy of the perfect Mr. Rajput. The supporting characters are written well and add nicely to the story, though I wish Chipkar wrote a bit more about Monica and Abhish. Almost all characters evoke genuine likeable quality and make the reader want to know more about them.
Chipkar’s use of language is lucid and enthusiastic; she has a voice that will reach out to young readers. Her choice of language is modern, often choosing to use colloquial versions, which makes the reading easy.
There is an expressive poem which Mihir recites for Tanya to make her believe that he indeed is Mihir, which she alone knows, the verses are hauntingly beautiful. It is penned by the author’s brother Abhilash Chipkar. Excerpts.
‘For all my desires and my dreams,
For all my shooting star wishes,
My sweet lady from endemic themes,
Drown me with sweet love kisses.’
This book is not for the serious reader, it for the romantic at heart, it is for the people going on a holiday; it is for the people who want to relax and read something simple yet engaging, it is for the people who believe in love and miracles. It is for the soul that yearns for that fairy tale like love story and ardently believes in soul mates, true love and anything is possible if you dare to dream.
Congratulations to Arpita Chipkar on writing a beautiful, gripping tale of love and passion.