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review; from twinkle, with love


from twinkle with love

From Twinkle, With Love
by Sandhya Menon

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy – a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I’m not a huge contemporary person. I have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy them, honestly, but this is the second time Sandhya’s writing has sucked me in immediately. Her writing is so visual that I can see the scenes playing out in my head like the cutesy rom-com it should be made into.

Her characters – oh they are likeable and flawed, and the chemistry between the leads is electric, and the chemistry between the friendships is so believable, and they are so vulnerable and yet so strong – they are crafted so well that I want to know which entity she made a deal with so I can make my own.

Honestly, I’m so excited that we already know she’s got another YA contemporary coming out, and also now she’s working on an Adult contemporary, because I need all the things from Sandhya Menon.

I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.


  • Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    I loved When Dimple met Rishi and I have had my eye on this one since there were talks about her writing it. SIgh yet I have not gotten around to reading it. If only I had more hours in a day!!!

    • Ara

      I absolutely know how you feel! I was lucky to get it early, but somehow I ended up reading it months after I already had it. It’s definitely worth the read though, so I hope you enjoy it when you do!

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