NUMBER OF PAGES: 240
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of The Book Club tours. Thanks guys!
A story set against the backdrop of a typical Indian household where the woman is expected to “obey” the man of the house – should make an interesting reading. This story was of course interesting enough albeit minor clinches which sort of reduced the levels of enthusiasm that I would normally have while reading such a book.
The protagonist, Leela, a dark skinned average girl is labeled unlucky thanks to “manglik” planetary alignment in her horoscope. Her parents favor her brother over and she fights for the recognition that she deserves. She dreams of being an RJ but parents force her to get married. When a handsome boy from a wealthy family comes knocking in the form of a proposal, Leela envisages her dreams taking flight. Sadly life has other plans for her, her dreams are shattered even before they actually take flight. Delving into previously traversed path, Leela embarks on a journey to discover herself, this journey is all what the story is about.
I bet that for any seasoned Indian reader, the above paragraph would have probably contained about a handful of clichés and stereotypes. Yes, this story had a lot of that – dark skinned and meek girl, abusive relationships, parents who believe the husband is the god. These very stereotypes are what made this book fast paced and kept me hooked. I was waiting for a point where all that changed and that didn’t exactly happen the way I expected, so score one for the writer for putting a good twist! The characterization was pretty much above level for what is expected from a rookie writer. Nevertheless, I felt there was an overdose of the protagonist. With a bit of fleshing for other characters, like her parents or her maid who was also played a vital part in the story could have certainly helped. I also felt the writer ended up modifying the core traits of a couple of characters to suit the ending that she wrote. May be she intended for those characters to actually repent for their acts, but it wasn’t really convincing.
The writer, however, must be lauded for taking on the serious issue of domestic violence and tackling it in an almost appealing manner. Not every new writer takes on such a complicated subject!
MY SAY: A story that touches upon a sensitive subject in a sensible direction.
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/5 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
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