Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Anything to Look Hot (A book review)

Author- Jas Kohli
Publishers- Srishti Publishers & Distributors 
Pages- 208
Genre- Romance
Blurb- When the superstar diva of the past decade doesn’t want to play the hero’s mother on screen, she insists that she be reshaped into the most beautiful woman in the world…by any means. This is just one of the many odd situations which plastic surgeon Dr. Dhruv faces in Mumbai. He has dealt with tyrannical bosses and finicky patients while undergoing his training, during which he has also won over a stunning doctor as his life partner. But satisfying the movie stars is a different ball game because every girl wishes to have bee-stung lips, and every guy wants to flaunt a six-pack abdomen without working too hard. And all this while, he has to resist losing his balance over his ravishing female clients. Dr. Dhruv’s journey surpasses even a masala movie for humour, drama, and action. In debunking many a myth about cosmetic surgeries, the book will enthrall those who can do ‘Anything to Look Hot’.
Book Review- In this novel, the author takes the reader through the trials and tribulations of the life of a plastic surgeon, Dr. Dhruv Khanna. The author, being a plastic surgeon himself, narrates a ringside view. The narrative is crisp and the language, lucid. However, the account seems to be autobiographical in nature. Herein lies the problem with this otherwise adroitly written book. The life of the protagonist is devoid of drama and the action is limp. There is hardly any character apart from Dr. Dhruv which can hold the reader’s interest. There is no prominent female lead and no antagonist. There is a fleeting reference to an aborted love affair between the doctor and a beautiful female. According to me, this could have been handled in a better way; could have been given more prominence. ‘A plastic surgeon who knows only too well that beauty is skin deep falling for a beautiful vixen’. Now, that would have been a great ‘sales pitch’ for a romantic novel. The book could have scaled greater heights but for the lack of spices in the cauldron in which this story was broiled.
Verdict- A well-cooked dish, bland for the dearth of seasonings…
About the Author- When Dr. Jas Kohli started training in plastic surgery twenty years back, he hadn’t imagined that one day he would be exposing the secretive world of plastic surgeons and their clients. Apart from his interest in writing, he also enjoys astronomy, music, and bird-watching. Through his writings, he aims to foster a stronger doctor-patient bond. 

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