Thursday, September 24, 2015

#BookReview: Milan by Simi K. Rao

On the jacket:


When a daughter turns marriageable age, what should a responsible father do?   Easy—wed her to the most suitable boy who comes knocking on their door. Jai Bharadwaj, Mili's father and owner of The Serenity Tea Estate in the idyllic Nilgiris would've probably liked to do the same, but being who he was, he had to ask her first.  What would Mili say?

Review:

Simi K Rao's Milan, as the title suggests, is a story about an Indian wedding. However, more than the story, it delves into the relationship between two people who have known each other in past and are bring brought together by marriage, in the present.
I cannot begin reviewing the story before addressing how gorgeous the cover of the book is. It could have been a wedding invitation card, for all one knows. In fact, I must admit that it was the cover which tempted me to read the story.
Milan is basically Mili's story. Since it is a wedding story too, let's say it is Mili and Ahan's story. Having known each other in childhood, they meet again as adults when their parents want them to get married each other. Mili is an independent girl who has big dreams for her future. But her parents want her to get married to Ahan whom they knew years ago. 
The plot had a lot of scope, to be honest. The author has written in detail about Mili and Ahan, their relationship, their coming to terms with the idea of marriage and slowly coming to accept it. However, the wedding bit could've been elaborated upon because well, us Indian love weddings and all the glamour that comes with it. 
While Mili's character was very well-defined, the others could have been better. the language used was simple with liberal usage of colloquial Indian English, yet with a smattering of words like satchel. It was an unedited copy, hence the standard of language needs to be ignored. However, if edited, the plot could've been tighter and the flow smoother. Milan was a good story, with a potential to be better. 

Rating: ***.5/5

[Reviewed for B00K R3VI3WS. The opinion expressed is unbiased]




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