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"A rich saga of tangled relationships and strained loyalties... subtly played out; passionate and intelligent in scope" (Financial Times)

"Priya has done a wonderful job of characterisation. Her description of the turmoil faced by people in love makes the book an interesting and satisfying read" (New Woman)

"A searing love story... burns and scorches with wry conviction about young love that refuses to say die" (India Today)

"A brilliant second book and one that makes a stand to address the complex battle and struggle for identity and independence faced by the modern Asian woman" (

"Montagues and Capulets are redrawn for the 21st century, and it's this utterly convincing conflict of family values that makes for such a compelling narrative" (

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An epic Romeo and Juliet for the 21st century

In a bustling London café, Anil, now a famous architect, sits waiting for Lina. It is years since he last laid eyes on her, the love of his life.

Lina is running for the train - punctuality has never been her strength. After all this time she cannot be late to meet Anil.

Together, they think back to tragedies both personal and political, betrayals large and small. A past played out across three continents that house their rival worlds: Sikh and Muslim, wealthy and modest, liberal and orthodox, corrupt and moral....

Lina has one more revelation that must be shared with Anil. Might it unite them once and for all, or has it come too late?

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Promising at first, but a big letdown in the end 21 août 2011
Par anouschka - Publié sur
Format: Relié
The obscure Logic of the Heart - Priya Basil

The story is about Anil and Lina, and their struggle to be together even when Lina's family disapproves of their relationship. Meanwhile, Lina is involved in a background story on weapon smuggling and the UN's fight against it.

I initially liked the book because of the way the past and the present are interwoven. It made me curious to find out what had happened to the two main characters. However, this was soon spoiled by the use of language reminiscent of a bad romance novel: "Then he saw the elegant feet. Each second toe, distinctly longer than its neighbouring big toe, seemed to be pointing at him. The painted nails, shimmering silver, were like the heads of arrows aimed at his heart." It made me laugh out loud at some points.

Staying with the romance novel comparison, the story makes no sense. There are sudden leaps of time that seem important, but don't get explained. For example, Lina is hesitant about being intimate with Anil for half of the book, but then in the next chapter the author casually drops a line about them having sex. Another example is that after Anil first sees Lina we get no background on how they actually got together. In fact, I had no idea why Anil and Lina even fell in love. They are constantly fighting, judging each other, and dreaming of how it could be better. I could not identify with them, let alone like them.

The author tries her best to give the book a second layer by emphasizing the need for a change in weapon policy, but because of the disappointing language and story elements, I could not fully appreciate this `message'.

To summarize, the book started out promising but turned out be a big letdown for me. If you are into the genre, you may enjoy it. But then again, I imagine there are better romance novels out there.
A Bollywood Read! Intense yet intelligent!! 15 novembre 2010
Par Smita Singh - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I read Priya Basil's Ishq and Mushq and knew that she was a good writer who could create astounding scenes that projected themselves in front of our eyes. It was then logical for me to go for her next novel The Obscure Logic of the Heart. The front cover was quiet intriguing with a half of a face of a pretty woman and a shadow of man in the background. The readers could guess that this book was going to be a love story.

The two main characters are very well sketched and the readers start feeling with them from the very begining. The lifes and the loves of the heroine Lina and the hero Anil of the story are interwined cleverly with the more complex issues of illegal arm trade, Islam religion and interreligion marriages. The story is set in countries like London UK, New York USA, Kenya etc. On these varied platforms the play of emotions perform their best.

Priya has used letters written by a woman to a man to tell the story, a very unexpected technique for a love story I must say. As the readers read the letters, they are subtly made aware of the true nature of the main characters. They get glimpses of the strength behind the apparent weeknesses of the characters.
The scenes, especially the one where Lina and Anil are out with there friends and they meeet a rude gang and their confrontation reminds one of a scene from a Bollywood movie. Priya has created a world away from the usual world where the readers loose themselves in the heart warming story of these lovers.

As is expected in a love story there are oppositions but these are not always via a person, here in this story the strongest villian lies inside the hearts of the characters. The push and pull of the heart strings within each characters creates an intense pool of emotions and the readers are left speechless.

A must read for all as it touches the heart, the mind and in some beautiful instances the soul of a reader.

Smita Singh
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