Remember those Mills and Boons novels we used to read in school? Those Erich Segal novels that used to restore our faith in love and that we all will find ‘the perfect guy’ one day… Well, last night I was reading Divya’s Skid Marks of Logic, and I felt like I was in high school all over again. A ‘feel good’ book if there was one.
Skid Marks of Logic is a collection of three stories, all with the same basic plotline- three girls from different levels of the social ladder, all trying to defy the ideal woman the Indian society wants them to be, and succumbing to their desires.
The first story is titled ‘Ostrich’. It’s interesting how the author compares the Indian society’s reaction towards sex with an Ostrich’s mode of defense. The way an ostrich shoves his head into the ground, the Indian society believes in looking away from what it can’t assimilate. The story is about Payal, a girl branded as the ‘timid mouse’, and how she cons(yes, cons) Xerxus into kissing her. The lengths to which Payal goes, to be with Xerxus’s mystery woman is not very believable but still plausible.
The second story is called ‘Friends with Benefits’. Yes, I understand the very cliché nature of this title but here, the story goes a little differently. Anything I say about the plot is going to be a spoiler but I will tell you this, one of the things to look forward in this story is the way the author has described Danielle’s first date. It is the kind of date most girls dream of.
The third story is called Mergers and Acquisitions. Janvi’s pharmaceutical company is taken over by Rhys Callahan(who by the way, reminds me too much of Mr.Big from SATC). A complicated boss-employee relationship that you see evolve from anger that eventually turns into lust and which then turns into a very interesting end.
All the male leads in all 3 stories are very relatable. All of us, we’ve met these men, we are all familiar with that feeling the female protagonists talk about. And that is the very reason why you should be reading this book. The plots have their twists and turns, very unexpected ones at times, but it all goes with the flow of the story.
The lives of the female leads are very realistic, set perfectly to blend with the constraints of the Indian society. Dias’s sense of humor keeps you hooked throughout the book, and those little notes at the end of every story creates an immediate attachment to the author.