Title : The Last Seen Romantic
Author : Arjun Dutt
Pages : 244
Publisher : Frog Publication
Genre : Fiction
Cover : 2.5/5
Writing Style : 3.5/5
Presentation : 3.5/5
Overall : 3/5
A chance meeting in the office elevator, a chance encounter on a hiking trip and a third chance encounter in the office parking lot are enough to make 25 year old Aryan fall head over heels in love with the beautiful, popular, intriguing Tanvi Kapoor. Thwarted by Raghav and Kunal, the two men who never seem to leave her side, Aryan is unable to confess his feelings for Tanvi before she and her colleagues head to the UK for a year long project. A lovestruck Aryan connects with Tanvi through social media, and discovers that the object of his affection is constantly at the centre of male attention. To make matters worse, Aryan strongly suspects that Raghav is Tanvi’s boyfriend, a notion shared by Nath, Aryan’s best friend and conﬁdante. With the odds stacked against him and despite strong discouragement from Nath, Aryan is convinced that he must try to win Tanvi over. With social media and instant messaging services the only way for Aryan to keep in touch with Tanvi, The Last Seen Romantic explores how Aryan’s virtual world and real world merge into one and the impact of this on his real life. But more importantly, does Aryan finally get Tanvi?
With the advancement of technology, our world has started to shrunk in terms of proximity between the people. Social media is trying to connect every possible dot to make your world grow in terms of people but shrunk in terms of proximity. Last Seen Romantic is actually based on the background of this situation only.
First thing that comes to your notice is the book cover. Well for me, the book cover was misleading. The image that popped up in my head after having the first glance over the cover was of a science fiction love story. Blurb is the thing that clears out the hues of confusion. Author has given a very detailed blurb and for that he deserves a pat on his back.
Story of the book is interesting and is something that holds you till the end although there is no surprise element in it but the simplicity of the characters’s life and attachment to the main character takes you through and makes the book an enjoyable read. The book is full of one liners and interesting philosophies which gives you an impression of how good the author is with his thinking and plotting of the storyline.
Now talking about some drawbacks that I felt in the story. Firstly, except Aryan, none of the character stands out of the story that can hang upon your mind for longer. I was atleast expecting that Tanvi’s character will slowly develop but even that was missing. Another thing that i felt was in the beginning of the story, many characters got introduced and that created a bit of confusion. Thankfully, that didn’t persist longer and author cleared the confusion pretty quickly.
Overall, I would say that the book is an interesting take on by the author and is having a sense of freshness. If you love to read this genre, it does deserve to be read once.