Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book Review: Arty Facts by Ankita Kapoor (e.book)

On the jacket: 

Arty Facts is the amusing story of a small town girl who lands up in Delhi and the dubious and ludicrous people she encounters, no matter where she goes or how hard she tries to stay away from them. This book is dedicated to everyone who has been harassed by their horrible bosses, loves bitching and enjoys taking this flight from reality with their bitching buddies- a god-send I'd say in this wild, wild world! So while you hop skip and jump through the jungle called life, don't forget to bitch a little!


Arty Facts is straight out of the diary of a 20 something who has recently finished college. A cribster, she has an opinion about everything and makes it a point to bitch about it all - even when her mother calls up concerned about her career which she herself had no intent on being serious about. Unexpectedly she lands herself a job and this is where a new chapter in her life begins. 

Scroll through the book and you will be reminded of your own younger days when everything bothered you and every action extracted a reaction. Very typical of the age, the way the author has written some incidents, its quite funny. The emotions are realistic. The amount the protagonist bitches about her boss, if not very common, is absolutely real and believable. 

The language however, needed editing. Us of phrases like cousin brother/real brother, dressing sense were a major let down along with vernacular sentence formations like "the plan was to save my one month's salary". There is usage of a lot of flowery language with big words but all that seem put on when one notices that the copy needs editing.

Kapoor is a good story-teller, the book did keep me in splits throughout. The anecdotes and incidents, the typical characters and the protagonists bitching about them all the time makes Arty Facts a light read. 

Rating: ***/5

[The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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