Published: October 1st 2016 by Rupa Publications India
Synopsis: Hi, I’m Radhika Mehta and I’m getting married this week. I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you.
You may not like me too much. One, I make a lot of money. Two, I have an opinion on everything. Three, I have had a boyfriend before. OK, maybe two.
Now if all this was the case with a guy, one might be cool with it. But since I am a girl these three things I mentioned don’t really make me too likeable, do they?
The cover isn’t impressive and attractive, but the story, oh, my…Absolutely LOVEDit!
I read the reviews on Goodreads before choosing to order the book (there’s only one book in the library across the whole country, well, better than none at all 🙂 and it was available for requests) and the reviews at first glance are terrific with only one star ratings! These were sort of bad, readers commenting how this book was a waste of time, didn’t reach the expectations, characters were not great, but THANKFULLY, I absolutely enjoyed the writing style, the characters and episodes made me lough within the first 50 pages! So, yep, READ IT!
I think, perhaps, this book is written for anyone and those Indian readers who live outside the India itself, to understand the essence of it, without pressure of society norms and whom liked or disliked something.
So, what’s this is about? Why I enjoyed? Because it represented the Indian culture, the way of thinking, the issues, the situations representing exact speech – when you can picture the plot taking place like in a movie and it was interesting, intense, moving. The plot is about Indian female who successfully and determination finds herself topping the class, the uni and achieving the best results, lands an offer abroad and goes for it. It also touches typical issue, where young aren’t understood at home, being a little different from the majority of family members, not aiming to get married straight away, not even thinking of marriage in the next few years, and definitely not the way Indian arranged marriages are, because mum hasn’t understood her the whole life and what worse could happen having chosen whom to marry by those, same parents!?
The book touches several topics/issues – young, top professionals in their field, feminism – but in a discussion way with the characters, personal ego-centrism, love, loneliness, relationships, family expectations and pressure, cheating, and main character’s Radhika’s personal development.
It’s a book that successfully jungles family pressure of reaching higher scores in tests/being a topper in the class and once reaching that, facing another pressure – marriage, fighting through a lot of drama, typical blackmailing and going for personal aim – be someone successful. I think it represents a wide range of population. Radhika is one of the many who lives successfully abroad, who is in relationship and lives together, but her own family thinks she is someone who couldn’t even handle a date with a guy…
I love the story because it represented well all the characters and their ego’s, the moments when we have something but we don’t value them to see we are actually enjoying this one minute. I think the reader gets a mix of blend personalities, the novel seems realistic, fast-moving and finished within hours. What else – READ, READ IT!