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Book Review: Full Circle by Yamini Vijendran

Full Circle is the first book by Yamini that I’ve read and I’m floored. I had the opportunity to read this book as part of a blog tour orgainized by Rubina Ramesh’s The Book Clun and I’ve enjoyed it immensely.

The story, about Malini and Ranjan, is about how true love can never fail, that it will stand the test of time, and do all that is expected of it. Eighteen year-old Malini falls in love with her Maths tutor, Ranjan. Their love is pure and perfect – of the kind that fairy tales are made of.

Malini first meets Ranjan at a temple where is enchanted by her beautiful voice. Several chance meetings later, Ranjan becomes Malini’s maths tutor and while teaching her to master her equations, gives her an opportunity to explore her singing talent. Soon enough, Malini and Ranjan fall in love with each other.

Just when they are both spinning dreams of a happily-ever-after together, Malini’s elder sister Nalini does something that causes Malini’s family to relocate immediately. Ranjan, who goes to his hometown, does not come back on the day he promised to Malini, leaving her completely heartbroken when she leaves her home. In one strong blow, destiny takes away from Malini two people who she loved the most.

Do Malini and Ranjan ever meet? If they do, when and how? Why did Ranjan not come back? What about the lives they’ve come to building without each other? The story is about all this and more.

Spanning less than 100 pages, the story is simple, sweet, and breathtakingly-beautiful. Yamini has very beautifully sketched out each and every character. Thought the book is less than 100 pages, the story does not jump from one plot to the other. Descriptions of people, places, and events are vivid enough to let your imagination soar. This is one of those books that you can pick up on one of your very uneventful days and lift up your mood immediately.

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