Title: With You I Dance
Author: Aarti V. Raman
No: of Pages:101
Genre: Fiction/Romance Novella
Meera Sagar had everything—the perfect job as a principal ballerina (for a prestigious New York ballet company) and a man who loved her as much as she loved him. But tragedy struck on the night before her biggest performance, forcing her to do the one thing she never wanted to do—come back home. To Mumbai.
Now, a year later, Meera is still trying to pick up the pieces, while fending off marriage proposals from her well-meaning but traditional Gujarati family, and figure life out all over again. By starting a ballet school in Mumbai. But she has two problems. One, she doesn’t know anything about running a business. And two, she can’t dance. Not anymore.
Enter . . . Abeer Goswami.
Hotshot junior partner at a South Bombay law firm and a man nursing a broken heart. When he meets Meera again, the woman who left him, he tries his hardest to be her friend, to help her . . . and not let the past get in the way.
And then . . . There is the sexy Zoya Sehgal. Meera’s only friend in the city and the woman Abeer is currently seeing. They say triangles have pointy edges, for a reason.
Will Meera find a new dream in her ballet school? Can Abeer and Meera find their way back to each other again? And, most important, has Meera danced for the last time? With you I dance is a warm, funny, at times heart-rending, love story of second chances, true love, and finding yourself when your dearest dream has vanished.
This story is about Meera, a dancer who decided to move to New York to learn ballet and make it her profession. But on the night of her biggest performance, her dreams comes crashing and she has no other way but to move back to her home in India. While she tries to pick up her broken pieces, her parents attempts to get her married and settled. She asks for help from Zoya, her childhood friend. Zoya is feisty, and a no-nonsense girl who is also insanely goodlooking. She decides to help Meera out only that Meera can’t dance anymore. She then finds herself face to face with Abeer Goswami, whose heart she broke into zillion pieces just before returning home. Will Meera be able to dance again? Will Abeer and Meera go back to how they were?
I developed an instant liking to Meera, for I love dance and I go through something which I feel is dancer’s block (if ever there is such a word!). The angst, the dread, the distress is what I go through as a dancer who is afraid to boogie down anymore and the author was brilliant in portraying the emotions of lost dreams and love. As I read the blurb, I wanted the book to give prime importance to dance. And it did, for dance was the soul of the book.
Each characters were etched perfectly and they doesn’t fail to touch the reader’s heart. Whether it is the no-nonsense attitude of Zoya, or the caring (in his own way) little brother of Meera’s or the perfect gentleman that Abeer is. He has been put through hell by Meera and though in his heartache he listens to what she has to say and guess what, there is no love without forgiveness.
People mess up. But in love and life, do not let one mistake ruin a beautiful thing!
We also get to see a beautiful bond of friendship between the school friends- Meera and Zoya. Though they are so different, Meera is confident in confiding in her. Even when she thinks Zoya and Abeer are together, she wishes the best for her friend. They are friends who are there for each other through thick and thin. The author also brings to light the typical mindset of Indian parents, who tries to marry off their daughter to a good, earning guy and wishes to see her ‘settled’. Her parents feel she failed them by returning home, leaving her career and what she called ‘her dream’. I was impressed by the quirky little brother who always wanted to see his sister happy.
The flow of story was great with twists and turns and the writing was impeccable. I was hooked from the word go and totally loved this story of second chances and following your heart.
Do I Recommend? Dance and Love! And I knew, it had to be a book that I would love. And yes, I did! You would love too.
Rating: 4 on 5