Of late, Anvisha Punjabi can’t seem to get anything right. She is in the middle of ending her second marriage, barely able to keep any friends and repeatedly getting into trouble at work. And if all that weren’t enough, she has to put up with her gregarious and overbearing sixty-seven year old mother as a house mate. What happens when they decide to globe-trot together?
Slowly what was supposed to be a soul searching journey for one turns into a life-alterimg experience for two.
This is Richa’s third book. Her earlier book Kanpur Koofiya Pvt ltd is currently being adapted as a tele-series. This current book is in the talks of being adapted into a movie.
This is the first book I have read in the many years of my bibliophilic life where the protagonist is an anthropologist, yet that seems so apt for the character. Anviksha may be an expert in reading people and understanding human patterns but that in itself works as a curse upon her interpersonal relationships. For one, her mother thinks she is a loner, when in truth Anviksha prefers to observe and absorb the goings of human mind as a silent observer at the background.
I loved how the book address a second time divorcee which is still taboo in a country like India- where when it comes to marriages it is best to sweep the problems under your bed and sleep on it.
My opinion : The book to me was all about being an adult and still experiencing your life in a soup. It is about the unrest of so-called wrong decisions taken in life and the baggage that comes with it. The judgement that the society so quickly springs up to give is organically portrayed with humour.
Character sketches : There are two conflicting schools-of-popular-thought portrayed in the book. One is the conservative and quintessential Indian mother who imagines an ideal life for her daughter as the cure to her very own troubles that she refuses to acknowledge or face. The other of a liberal, feminist daughter who aims to live life in her own terms yet feels guilty for not matching up to her mother’s idealism. The tug of war is beautifully portrayed in this book.
I simply loved the quirky quips of Mrs.Punjabi who for once instance compares Southall with Chandni Chowk. Her character portrayal is point on. As for Anviksha, every reader would be able to relate a part of themselves with her.
Literature : The language is rich. I definitely learnt many new adjectives. The book is splurged with so many resplendent words that at some places it seemed forced to me. Nevertheless the language was a pleasure to read and the voice subtle yet powerful.
Plot : The book is definitely a page turner. It has all the quintessential selling points- a confused but strong willed protagonist , a conflicting yet doting parent and world travel but the magic is the humour that the author has so brilliantly woven into the plot. The witticism is the win of this book.
Verdict : Witty, Dramatic and Indian.
Rating : 4/5
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