Book Tour: That Thing About You @authorAbhaidev #romance #fiction

What if we all are mere pieces of pawns carefully played upon by a cosmic chessmaster?

My thanks to author Abhaidev and tour organisers Devanshi and Tanu for having me on the tour.

Bookxpert Rating: 3/5



What if co-incidences in our lives are nothing but a result of a dice thrown by some higher being?
What if, to the heavens, our lives are nothing but rows of dominos ready to be put into action?
What if we all are mere pieces of pawns carefully played upon by a cosmic chessmaster?
‘That Thing About You’ is an uncommon story of a common man rejected in love.
This is a story of a man walking on the path of self-discovery.
Subodh, a regular IT employee, is perceived as an immature man by everyone, but he isn’t bothered until his love interest rejects him citing the same.
Although dejected and crestfallen, he soon befriends an unusual, mysterious woman who knows everything about him and seems to have all the answers.
Soon, his life goes through a lot of unexpected turns—from doubting his sanity and visiting a psychologist to a failed arranged marriage attempt made by his parents.
Everything in his life seems to be in fast-forward mode. One thing that does not change, however, is this unusual “friend” of his who refuses to reveal her identity and chooses to appear at her whim.
Who is this mysterious woman? Why is she prying into his life? Where will this strange friendship lead him? Is some impending danger awaiting Subodh or is it something else altogether?


I’ll be honest, the title made me a bit wary as to what to expect from the book. I just knew it’d contain romance, but nothing else. So I started it off with little expectations really.

The start of the book is normal- setting the scene and introducing the characters. I disliked the main character Subodh from the start, because he was so lazy, rude and always finding excuses to bail himself out of work. I liked his roommate Ishaan, and also almost pitited him. All this, I am sure the author intended. So it’s a job well done. The characters are made up quite well.

The middle part of the story gets a little boring. Subodh remains the same, he just talks with an imaginary secretive lady friend, gained recently in mysterious circumstances, who keeps urging him to change his ways. One thing I would like to mention here- none of the talks between Subodh and his imaginary friend bored me, even though the matter they talked about was preachy.

The last part is where the story really turns around and gets interesting. An incident involving Ishaan makes him fall from the pedestal I’d placed him on. Subodh turns himself around, and takes Ishaan’s former place. The mystery of the imaginary friend is solved (finally!) in the most unexpected yet happy twist. The book ends really well.

What I also liked about this book is that Subodh is a character any of us could identify with, really. We keep procrastinating things. We repeat the same patterns day after day, realising it is the wrong pattern we have set for ourselves. Just like Subodh, we can all turn our lives around by just change of mindset and a strong will.

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About the Author:

Abhaidev is the pen name of Mayank Chandna. After working for a while in an investment bank, he took the plunge and quit that boring job of his to venture into the exciting world of writing, something he always wanted to do.

His penchant for continental philosophy and craze for progressive house music has nettled his simple parents. He is an avid reader and devours classics and science books.

He loves challenging his limits and believes that there is nothing nobler in this world than utilizing the gift of curiosity to its full potential. He seeks transcendence in the practice of art and hopes to pen down stories that are not run-of-the-mill.

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