There is an interesting confluence of literature with the films. Eighteen Plus Duets, which contains 18 saucy, spicy stories co-authored by Apurv Nagpal with 18 different women – each a first-time author, is no different. Quite a few of the stories pay homage or refer to a film or even a song. While some would be the expected ones, there are some in this list which would surprise you…

1- A story, A Day of Desh Seva, about the shady going-ons in the corridors of power in Delhi has a reference to a film you’d probably not expect to find in this book. Consistently rated IMDB’s top rated film by critic and popular choice, The Shawshank Redemption clearly has more going on for it than you’d think.

2- Mr. Rockstar, which tells the tale of a PYT working in a music label and her crush on a major Rockstar, keeps it sweet and easy, with a reference to Bridget Jone’s Diary and the sitcom, Friends

3- Living Life in Reverse, a naughty tale of the hormonal rush experienced by women after forty, has a passing reference to Lord Of The Rings, with the delight of finding a ring compared to holding something else quite unexpected

4- Soulmates – which is a story about discovering your soulmates, told through the eyes of two women flying to Goa to surprise their fiance’s – keeps things firmly in the chick lit genre with references to the eternal favorites, Casablanca and Pretty Woman.

5- Things kick into a higher gear with Royal Honeymoon – naming sections on Hindi films and popular songs helps give us an understanding of what lies ahead. Titles like Aflatoon Aurat, Jyoti Bane Jwala, Shola Aur Shabnam, Thoda Sa Roomani Ho Jaye, Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin are pretty descriptive of what is contained in the story of the Hottie who is engaged to Mama’s Boy. Songs like Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Gulabo, Patakha Guddi, Ma Da Ladla Bigad Gaya and Baby Doll also help add to the charm.

6- The explicit movie references are left to the last story, She Wants It All, a story which may need you to overcome a generational gap to understand their young, sassy characters, for whom imitation (of certain movie sequences) is the sincerest form of flattery. Movies like Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Wild Things and Nine And A Half Weeks are almost de rigueur. But films like Top Gun, The Beach, Specialist, Skyfall, Just Married and Rumour Has It add some unexpected oomph too. References to Hunger Games and Game of Thrones just about round up this immersive experience.

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