“A boat race. Sounds fun” “Not for me. Oh, but I can be a cheerleader.” No doubt a Toddy effect. “Yeah dude. So Pandey is going to design the next aircraft carrier ship.” “And Bansal, you’re going to brand this into the first Water Olympics.” “And I shall win the race and marry Kala in the most lavish wedding Mevalloor has ever seen” Yeah, welcome to the world of Ordinaries! Extraordinary In 2007, at the height of the Global IT boom, Manoj Bansal and Rajesh Pandey, two newly-released prisoners of Engineering with mediocre grades and a looming IT future, set out for Trivandrum for their Corporate Learning Programme (CLP). Torn between their past miscues and topical aspirations, they hope to find their true calling.Whilst in a confused, depression ridden transitory phase, they soon run into their fellow trainee, Adish Matthew – a Malayali Computer engineer, and a village simpleton Mutthur Sankunni – the no-hope skipper of MaruthiVallam, gearing up for the annual Vallamkali. Bound by a common thread of mediocrity, they shun the modern world’s great expectations and take off on a spree to discover the tranquility of the God’s own country. Until one day…when a Tsunami of mishaps rocks their life, impelling them to join hands and transfigure into the four kissing circles, fighting the most irrelevant battle of our times: To be or not to be, extraordinary.


If you start start with it with an expectation of yet another romantic tale on engineering life, it will surprise you for sure. The Kissing Circles by Nitin Tiwari takes you through the lives of Manoj, Rajesh, Adish joined by Mutthur by the line of fate. They together share their deal of life to the readers; each having their own concern of life- complicated love , career problems , family pressure, degrading self confidence and so on. And when each of their issues adds up to be the face of the devil they take it on themselves to put all in for a make-it-or-break-it-deal! But … will they make it this time???

The book won my best first impression with its book cover and title and it gained momentum with  the refreshing narration style. The writer took his fare share to frame up the characters and plot just right. The plot line is promising and worth your time. The background of the story is very well sketched and it made it all the more interesting; to get to know malayali-culture, It might make you plan the next trip to Kerala!  What I found amusing is that it contain a good amount to make you go LOL 😀 along with all the drama and all the philosophy. I found the book to be a perfect mixture of all that makes a book a hit page turner. A great work for a debut from the author.

What gave a low note to me is that they have spelled Kerala wrong on the cover itself. The book contain words and content that might need googling or reference to understand if you are from a non technical side or not a Keralite.

I will rate The Kissing Circles 4.25/5 and would love to recommend it to my readers 🙂

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