Book Reviews

Mapping Love by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

  • Publisher: Rupa Publications India (1 August 2021); Rupa
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 200 pages

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Love – a term with different meanings for different people. In the search for love, one discovers themselves. They learn the lesson of forgiveness. Of forgiving others, of forgiving oneself. Mapping Love traces Oorja’s story as she returns after a long time to her parent’s home in Lucknow. Her mother passed away some time back. Oorja didn’t attend the funeral. Her father is alive but not present in their house. All shades of thoughts cross Oorja’s mind as she tries to piece together her scattered being.

Oorja, the bundle of energy, shares a distant relationship with her father. A bitter one. But she fondly remembers her Amma who is no longer around to comfort her little princess. Oorja reminds herself of how she couldn’t be there for her parents when they needed her. She was living abroad, finding her sky, leaving behind her roots. Now that she has returned, she is longing for her roots to hold her. If only it was possible.

As Oorja travels uphill, meets her old grandfather who doesn’t recognise her, meets a man who she falls in love with, and bids goodbye to a lot of things, she finds herself. The spiritual awakening of sorts. She comes to terms with her loss. She makes peace with her grief. She finds love. She lives happily.


I couldn’t make peace with how Oorja’s character was built, how the entire plot seemed a bit too rushed, how the description of her relationship with her parents remained inadequate for me. While I finished the book in two sittings, I didn’t really like how the whole build-up culminated suddenly. The writing is lovely but the plot development, it missed the mark. Depth? I craved for it only to be left disappointed.

Read Mapping Love to form your own thoughts. Read it to know about Oorja’s journey and see, if it resonates with you.

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