05 March, 2018

The Love Lottery by Raj Dhaliwal - [Book Review]

The Love Lottery: a comic tale of lessons in life, love, dating and the odd samosa party 

In our fast-paced digital age, never has finding the one felt more like playing the lottery. If anyone knows about the cruelty and chaos of dating in the 21st century it’s Raj Dhaliwal; accountant by day, hopeless romantic by night. By his own admission, Raj is a tax wizard but a clumsy disaster area when it comes to matters of the heart. This book charts his misadventures in the art of looking for love in an age when a man’s best intentions can be coldly dismissed by a swipe to the left. 

The Love Lottery: a comic tale of lessons in life, love, dating and the odd samosa party explores the emotional rollercoaster of dating, charting the epic excitement and anticipation, highs, lows and disappointments of our ever optimistic search for romance. As a British-born Indian gent, Raj compares and contrasts the social and cultural distinctions between his family, his friends and the women he meets on the dating scene; a route to romance that’s littered with speed dating, online dating and feverish matchmaking, in this funny and heart-warming book. As self-appointed United Nations Love Ambassador, Raj has made it his mission to date the weird and the wonderful in the pursuit of lasting love. Want to play The Love Lottery? Then read on.

My Review:
This is a comic tale of Raj searching for a bride. The focus is more on Indian life, culture, their perspectives while making matches etc., Even when you are in another country, you behave as per your native culture and the way you are brought up. Even though Raj looks for alliances from the London, he follows the same route as other Indian bridegrooms. Starting with shortlisting of profiles through relatives till attending samosa parties, the misadventures of Raj are hilarious but also relatable if you are an Indian. 

There is no story but it is a fun, satirical and humorous read about matchmaking in India. What I loved is the fun take on all stages of matchmaking and hundreds of genuine thoughts and doubts that go through the groom's mind at every stage.

Some Conversations are a lot of fun to read like this on a date:

On the Outside, he would say, "Oh Yes, you cannot beat an English Cream Tea.With a slice of homemade cake!" 

On the inside, it may be more a case of "WTF! How much? I could buy a kettle for the price of the Tea alone! How on earth did they calculate the price of the cake?! Cost plus 1000%? I could buy a bakery and bake my own!"

What I didn't like is that the narration becomes too casual and gets boring at some point. There is no proper ending but the book ends with a hope that someday we will find true love.

Overall, it is good humorous read that you can finish on a train journey. 

My Rating: 3/5

PS: I have received this book from the author through Rachel's Random resources tours and this is my honest opinion on the book.

About the author: Living in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire Raj Dhaliwal works as an accountant for the car manufacturing company Land Rover.

Until next time,


  1. nabanita218:36 PM

    Thanks for sharing your views on the book :)


    Your review has made the book more interesting than I fear it actually might be! Thanks for such an honest one!!

  3. Sunita Rajwade4:52 PM

    Looks strangely like a feather !

  4. my pleasure Nabanita :-)

  5. Anonymous9:25 AM

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  6. Anonymous11:44 PM

    This is a very funny book wit well observed views. Loved it. 5*


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