The Many Conditions of love by Farahad Zama

The Many Conditions of love by Farahad Zama

This book is the second in the series by Farahad Zama. The main characters in this book are from the previous book, “The Marriage Bureau for Rich People”, though new characters are introduced from time to time. They revolve around the characters introduced in the first book of the series.

Mr Ali is very busy with the Bureau, Mrs. Ali is supporting him. He is very excited when the computer is installed. Rehman, Mr Ali’s son, is given more attention in this book. He falls in love with Usha, a journalist.Rehman’s cousin’s wife, Pari, is introduced in this book, as a widow trying to lead a normal life. Vasu, Rehman’ friends son also moves in with them.

Aruna is happily married to Dr Ramanujam and is still working at the marriage bureau. Mani, her sister-in-law, makes matters difficult for her when she moves into her parents’ house along with her son for her second delivery.

Overall, a good book, but bescomes more interesting if the first one in the series has been read.

Source: Bought

Publisher: Abacuas

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People- Farahad Zama

This book is the first in the series and easy to follow as the characters are very well developed and the book is written in very simple English. The story is set in Vizag.

Mr Ali is a newly retired man and wants to do something with his time, so he opens a Marriage Bureau for rich people in the verandah of his house. Mrs Ali, the ever encouraging wife, feels that she should help her husband in every possible way, so she finds Aruna, a sweet, modest and sincere girl to help him as is office assistant. Their son, Rehman, is a qualified engineer. The clientele is interesting; it includes people from all walks of life, across all social strata and all religions.

Overall, a very enjoyable read, the flow is good, drags a bit at places but the link is well maintained. I bought this book when it was available on Flipkart at 50% off, was hooked on till the very end and then realized I need to read the sequels to the book and can’t wait to read the fourth book of the series.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Little Brown Book Group

The Secret Wishlist by Preeti Shenoy

Preeti Shenoy does it again. You can actually connect with Diksha, she takes you back to your school days, when talking to boys was considered taboo.

The story revolves around Diksha, who is married off to Sandeep when she is young. She is 35 years old now with a 9 year old son, Abhay. Their relationship is very sweet and touching. She is a good wife to an insensitive and stingy husband.

Her mother-in-law is a darling. She is on her side till the very end.Tanu, her best friend, actually proves to be that and more.Vibha, her understanding cousin, makes her realize what she is missing and asks her to make a SECRET WISH LIST.

Does she actually fulfill all her wishes? Feel the plot reveal itself and sometimes get involved in it too….

I really wanted to finish the book as soon as possible and could not keep the book till I finished all the 257 pages of it.

Would you like to make a secret wish list for yourself too……………..

Book Source:  Bought

Publisher: Westland

That Calcutta…Those Bongs by Dipanwita Mukherjee

This book is a collection of 21 short stories by Mrs Mukherjee. Each of these stories has a unique flavor. The Bengali terms used in between and then explained at the end of the book actually keeps the feel alive in the book. It actually gives a sneak peek into the routine lives of people in Bengal. While reading the book, I realized that what looked so insignificant to us when it is a part of our daily life, becomes actually important when it is well written.

Certain stories actually can be picturised as they are too close to real life especially, Spring onion greens (the relationship of a new bride with her in-laws), wrong entrance (was my favorite, very sweet), boroma (actually describes the life led by widows in Bengal till some years ago, maybe still), waiting to go home (makes us realize why our parents worry for us) and The Piano (makes us realize that our parents can everything for us so that we are happy). Reading the Gandharaj lime, I could actually get the smell of the lime, the story is so well written. Buro Ma was quite touching (it makes us realize what a mother can do for her child, come what may) and while reading The wish, the end was what I was hoping for. It is actually worth the money spent.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Rupa & Co.