To Hell with Love
Love was not what they were looking for and yet they found it
Sweety, the ill-tempered loud-mouthed daughter of a local MLA, dreams of becoming a famous pop diva like Britney Spears.
Lallan is the Patna's 'Ambani in making'. He wants to start a 'kidnapping insurance' business.
Their flickering dreams ignite like a flame when they meet!
Sweety takes him to meet her father Kali Pandey, the in-house expert on kidnapping. And, in return, Lallan decides to help her fulfil her passion.
Somewhere along the way, the plan does not remain simple and sweet!
Set in Patna and Bombay, this serpentine comedy of errors is the story of two young lovers caught in the Ishqiyapa of love and life.
Once upon a time in a sleepy town called Chaibasa, in Jharkhand, there was a boy very, very unhappy with his name-Pankaj Dubey. It seemed like his parents had named him only out of a sense of duty without giving it any proper thought. However, unlike his ordinary name, he wanted to do extraordinary things! He once gifted a basket of lemons bought from Mangla Haat to his first girlfriend's mother to impress her. The mother made 'achaar' out of it but her daughter changed her 'vichaar' about him. Hence, he went through the most lemony breakup! He spent most of his growing-up years aping breakdance steps of Mithun in Disco Dancer. Because he spent so much time with his hero, Aryabhattaji blessed him with a zero in his maths paper.
Pankaj Dubey travelled to Delhi and Europe for his higher studies. Between living in a dingy flat in Mukherjee Nagar, New Delhi, with four IAS aspirants, and becoming a paying guest of a toilet cleaner in Coventry, England, he thinks he has seen it all. He once forgot to switch off his mobile phone as a broadcaster with the BBC World Service, Hindi, in London. To his distinction is the contribution of making all serious listeners of BBC News hear the popular tune of the movie Saathiya: 'Saathiya, maddham maddham teri geeli hansi'.
While in college, he filled the North Campus of Delhi University with laughter. Pankaj was awarded the Navodit Lekhak Award by the Hindi Academy (Government of Delhi) for penning down creative ways to waste time during one's college life in the campus, in his story called 'Mukhauta'. His humour expedition continued in the Coventry University in West Midlands, England, where he did his master's in applied communications.
A babe-sitter by passion and babysitter by compulsion, he is presently based in Mumbai and experimenting with screenwriting in the Indian film industry. This book is also a part of such explorations.
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