“It happens” is Karan Sharma’s debut as an author and as with any new author, I approached the book with some trepidation. What would his writing be like? Would his characters be interesting? Would it be something I would be loath to put down or would it be easily forgotten?
The plot seemed interesting. A 25 year old guy and a 37 year old woman in love with each other. And that too in India. Curiosity got the better of me and I started reading.
The first chapter felt like rookie writing, hesitant. It was as if he was writing what he thought the readers would expect and thus his own voice faltered.
But the writing got stronger as the book progressed. You could feel the confidence of the writer growing as he warmed to his theme. Karan has handled the subject really well, going into all the anguish and exhilaration such a match can evoke.
Not only were the main characters developed well, the supporting cast was also good. I found myself nodding in agreement at times and sometimes wanting to whack someone on the head.
If he continues to improve on his writing, I am sure his next book too will be worth reading.
During our childhood days, we tend to have these crushes on people older than us that fade as we grow up. We never act upon them but they remain as memories that we always cherish.
But what happens when two adults with such an age difference fall in love?
It Happens is a story about how Gautam, a twenty-five-year-old upcoming professional and Roshni, an unmarried thirty-seven-year-old senior management member working in the same multinational bank, face this very question. Can two people with such a vast age difference be compatible?
The story is a romantic comedy that explores this situation in a light-hearted way as they fall in love, get laughed at by their friends and then develop cold feet, thinking about the repercussions their age difference could have on their marriage. Since this happens in India, where marriage is a major social issue, the plot holds further intrigue.
They say love is blind and makes one think with the heart, rather than the mind. Will two smart professionals make a mistake by doing so? Or will they listen to their logical senses at the last moment to avert what may be the biggest blunder of their lives?
After more than twenty years of working in a highly successful family business and owning a popular brand in the interiors industry, Karan decided it was time to get into self publishing—an idea that came to mind when he saw his son having so much fun reading books. It rekindled a latent passion for writing that he had developed after his college days, leading to his first book. It Happens, along with other books that will come out in due course, will be a testament to his storytelling and creative skills.
Karan has a beautiful family with two young boys, Aakash and Aayansh, and Aarti as his lovely life companion. He is a commerce graduate and a battle-hardened businessman. His other passions include both playing and watching cricket and football, as well as being an avid traveller.