Book Review: Tides Don’t Cross

Title: Tides Don’t Cross
Author: Simar Malhotra
Genre: Fiction, Drama
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Review copy

Finally, I got the chance! I can’t believe I am the last person to write the review. Things have been really hectic and this shouldn’t be an excuse I know, but well. Past two months I have been able to read more than my usual number and I am really happy about that. A few days back I finished reading Tides Don’t Cross by Simar Malhotra, the review was overdue, my apologize.


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.


I actually didn’t expect this book to have such an interesting plot. A story of two sisters always makes me WANT to read it, some way or the other I might relate to it. So, if you are having an intense week and all you want to do is find a cute spot, have a cup of tea, sit and read a light book. For such scenarios, this book is the one for you. There are three sections; the life of each sister; second, one particular guy called Ayaan Khan. And the third, where their paths cross and fate go whoooosh.

To begin with, you find two sisters who are completely opposite from each other. One nicknamed (as per me) troublemaker, the other one, (again as per me) the peacemaker. This in a way is the beauty of the whole book. Every single character has been thought over, developed with their flaws in mind, giving it a feel of a natural, relatable story. For those who like fast-paced books, this one might be a bit slow, but the way it has been written, it won’t really matter much. The criss-cross of three different characters, Mrinalini, Rukmini, and Ayaan, it is rather fascinating, not everyone can write it in such a way and then that too with such simple manner.

The story talks a lot about various emotions and relationships, all sorts of relationships, about their pros and cons. For someone who doesn’t understand this aspect of life, this book might be a complete facade. Now there were a few things I found missing. The most important point for me in order to like a book, DETAILING. One book should have proper detailing, it was missing. Then comes the over-exaggeration of Rukmani’s irrational attitude, I kinda grew tired of it. With all this saying, the thing I really didn’t like was the level of predictability. After a certain point, I could easily predict the story and that kinda took away my interest.

Saying so, I would suggest this book to those who would like to pick up a light read and be happy about their day.

Ratings: 3047359147b19028bcb836ce267b24e0-star-hand-drawn-icon-56-by-vexels3047359147b19028bcb836ce267b24e0-star-hand-drawn-icon-56-by-vexels3047359147b19028bcb836ce267b24e0-star-hand-drawn-icon-56-by-vexels


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