The Crossover Year by Bhargavi Balachandran

I received a comment frImageom Bhargavi Balachandran on my blog asking me to go through her new book, ‘The Crossover Year’. So I went right ahead, located for the book, read its blurb and finding it interesting, ordered the book from ebay. This is the story of Anuprabha, aka, Anu. The setting is 2008, the year, India had just woken up to the fact that the world was in the throes of recession.

 The blurb:

Meet Sri Anuprabha, aka Anu, a twenty-nine year-old banker who is terrified of entering her thirties. She dreams of quitting her job at the bank, sporting yoga pants and traipsing around the world. Her world turns upside down when things go awry and she is faced with the prospect of spending her days watching Tamil serials. She comes up with a five-point plan for reclaiming her life back before she hits the big 30. But things are never as simple as drawing up a flowchart in real life, are they? Especially with a ghastly recession rearing its ugly head.

Anu bumbles through the corridors of domesticity and travels on a funfilled roller coaster ride in a bid to discover her passion in life.Along the way, she meets new people, experiences crazy new things and learns some hard lessons in marriage, friendship, parenting and life.

The Crossover Year is a funny, yet heartwarming story of a woman in search of her identity, and a chronicle of her hilarious quest for discovering her inner mojo. Bring out a platter of cookies and a steaming mug of chai, and join Anu on the ride of her lifetime.

The characters:

Anuprabha, 29, an engineer and MBA, has an average job in an average bank. She needs a daily fix of Calvin and Hobbs. She has shifted from sales to analytics. She is married to Mukund for four years, an arranged marriage. They quarrel at the drop of a hat and make up at the same speed.

Smrithi, her best friend, works in the derivatives department of the same bank. Meena and Arvind are her good friends. Meena and Smrithi are the reason that she smiles at work.

Raghu is her boss. His PR skills are legendary and women to him are like iron filings to a magnet.

The story:

Anuprabha wants to quit and travel to discover the “inner me”. She has attempted quitting her job five times in the last one year and has made a mental note of never pulling up a resignation stunt on a monday morning. Her boss tells her to work on a presentation and finally as a result of office politics, she finally gets an opportunity to resign. Her mother tells her to have a baby.

She starts watching serials of Raakkesh Kumar on TV and becomes a big fan of his. She draws up a five point plan to get her life back on track. She joins the Pink Panther gym and then goes shopping for gym clothes. She calls the gym, a zoo, and names the trainer she Hitler and the dietician, Birdie. She wants to learn how to cook. She joins theatre at the insistence of an old friend, wants to do poetry and ends up participating in a Super Home maker competition.

My take:

The book has been written in first person and that makes it all the more relatable. I loved the gift voucher she receives from her husband, actually a very novel idea. Her checklist for a Tam-Brahm wedding was very fascinating and important.

The only negative I felt was use of abbreviations, some understandable and some not.

If you want to enjoy and laugh on a leisurely weekend, this is the book for you.

Book Source: Bought

Publisher: Alchemy Publishers

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