Saturday, February 7, 2015

#BookReview: The Wedding Season by Su Dharmapala

On the jacket:

Meet Shani - she's thirty-two, single and has a job to die for. And she likes her life just the way it is, thank you! So why do her family and friends insist on trying to convince her that the only way to the perfect life is meeting the perfect man? When Shani's horoscope miraculously reveals that now is the best time of her life for marriage, her mother decides to take control. As the Sri Lankan wedding season opens she turns a deaf ear to Shani's protests and arranges a parade of 101 potential grooms, in the hope that her shamefully unmarried daughter will salvage the family honour by finally finding Mr Right. But true life, like true love, can get very complicated. Amidst a riot of hilarious dates with would-be husbands, Shani has to cope with a minor Machiavelli at work, a house that is literally falling down around her ears, and a neurotic mother with serious cultural baggage. Worst of all, her best friend, who seems to have it all, is sliding into depression, and Shani seems powerless to help. Through a flurry of curry, cricket, sarees, and sumptuous ceremonies, Shani comes to learn that love comes in many disguises - and degrees of satisfaction - and that life is a one-shot game, even if you do believe in reincarnation. 


Before I talk about the book, let's take a look at the cover. How beautiful is it! Special thumbs up to the cover, for I had gazed at it for quite some time.

A SriLankan woman living in Melbourne, life is very typically the usual - a great job, an interfering mother, awesome friends and boy trouble. Shani's mother is desperate to have her married off to a Sinhalese boy. What follows is madness, the kind of madness I loved to read. 

I finished reading this book a week ago and had been grinning since then, every time I thought of the characters, specially the mother. Story of a typical 30+, independent woman, with a job to die for but the only problem is that she is single. And as it happens world over (more in our very own south Asia), according to her family, what is the need of the hour is for her to get married. Her hard work and glorious career be damned, it's a shame she still isn't married! The relationship Shani shares with her best friends Amani, Tehara and Una is adorable.

A tad over the top, but then that's how us south Asians tend to be, specially our mothers. One might find stereotypes in the characters but that's what makes it a fun, interesting read. Shani's mother was infuriating, yet adorable. The book does take a serious turn mid-way; the transition from fun to serious was very smooth. I suggest you pick this chiclit soon!

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Simon & Schuster. However, views expressed are my own and unbiased]

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