Tides Don’t Cross by Simar Malhotra – A Book Review

Book Review #113 – Tides Don’t Cross by Simar Malhotra

(General Rating – 4 Stars)

Tides Don't Cross

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My Actual Rating: 3.5/5
Goodreads Rating: 4.05/5 (as of October 26, 2018)
Genre: Contemporary/Romance
Pages: 252
Published: 2018, Rupa Publications
Preferred Age Group: YA

Series/Stand-Alone: Stand-Alone.
Recommended to All: I definitely can.

Special Comment: A beautiful romance story, Tides Don’t Cross makes for a good past-time.

Cover Blurb


Sparks fly immediately when Rukmani—fierce and assertive in the best and worst possible ways—meets the gentle Ayaan in the magical city Paris. Meanwhile, back in India, her reticent sister, Mrinalini struggles to cope with the void of a loveless marriage and an early pregnancy.

Tides Don’t Cross follows these extremely interesting characters as their lives cross in surprising ways. Mrinalini, Ayaan and Rukmani wade through choppy tides, unaware of their common destiny. Deeply touching, this is an unforgettable story of thwarted desires, of love and its loss, of losing and finding oneself, and of falling and learning to rise.

My Review

“I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.”

“People in true love are like tides—they never just cross each other, they dissolve into each other.”
– Simar Malhotra, Tides Don’t Cross

Tides Don’t Cross by Simar Malhotra is the story of beginnings and endings, of trusting and forgetting, of finding oneself and losing, of right and wrong. It is the story of a beautiful roamce, of becoming who you always wanted to be but never knew, of knowing who you truly are, and of being able to find happiness despite death tailing behind your back.

When I started reading this book, I knew what I was getting myself into. It had been ages since I last read a story just for the sake of romance. I was worried how this would turn out, that what if I would have to disappoint the author by saying that I wasn’t ready for it? But luckily, the book turned out to be better than I expected. And a different read from what I was reading recently. The change felt nice.

Tides Don’t Cross is the story of Rukmani, Mrinalini and Ayaan and how their lives are intertwined in ways more than one. Mrinalini and Rukmani are sisters, yet poles apart. While one follows each and every order, the other rebels against everything their mother says and asks from them. And then there is Ayaan. The swimmer Ayaan who has to let go of his life’s one true dream and then get on with it.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part is about Mrinalini and her marriage to Surya—the boy she did not want to marry but did nonetheless, and a little introduction to Ayaan and Rukmani. The second part is Ayaan and Rukmani’s life in Paris. And the last part is the one that you need to really read. Let’s just say that I did a lot of growing up while reading it itself.  Now, let’s go onto why I liked this book:

  1. First off, I just want to say that there were some really beautiful lines in the book that I adored. I mean, I loved reading them. Here, check this one out:

    “…religious practices and societal norms, these just exist to maintain order in our world, not to disrupt it. But when those very norm repress you, then maybe they’re not meant for you to follow.”

Makes sense, doesn’t it—why I fell in love with the book?

2. The cover of the book is really bright and colorful, matching my taste at the moment.

3. It’s a light read, that anyone can finish within a day—this makes it super easy to lay hands on.

4. The plot of the story was different and new, as well as a nice change from what I usually end up reading. *smiles sheepishly*

5. More than love, the book focuses on various aspects of life like postpartum psychosis, Islamophobia, the dominance of a single person in the family and its aftereffects, etc. This interested me a lot. Especially postpartum psychosis because I really want to do something for women who go through that.

6. I’ve often read stories where something or the other happens unnaturally and I’m left wondering how on earth is it even possible. This book, on the other hand, had a very realistic plot and I enjoyed reading about all of this personally.

7. Even though the pace was slow, it had its own charm. This allowed us to explore the characters even more, especially because there were no demons coming to fight and things like that.

8. Lastly, the writing style and the narrative. It attracted from page one and I was hooked. The author has a flair for words that is evident in her book.

Now what’s that one thing that I hated desperately in the book? I’ll give you one word: RUKMANI. She was the single most irritating character in the whole book. She would never admit to her faults, always fight when someone tried to look after her. I mean, at one point—say when Ayaan went back to Stanford and she to her internship, it was too much. I just couldn’t—I still can’t—let’s not talk about it. I’ll cry out in frustration otherwise, lol.

Overall, it was a great book and I’d suggest you to go and pick it up if you’re looking for a light delicious read. (Do let me know when you do!)

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