This is the story of Shyamoli, a young divorced woman with two small children, Ketaki, her daughter and Samar, her son. She has gone back to her parents after her divorce. Her mother wants her to go back and patch up with her husband but her father understands. Her brother, Varun, stays in Australia with his family and she stays in his house. The Iyers are close family friends, though her mother and Mrs Iyer can’t stop fighting. Uma, the Iyers’ daughter, was her best friend in school till class tenth when their mothers fought and she became Shyamoli’s frenemy.
Having never worked after marriage to Manav, all she does for a living is write articles which sometimes are accepted and sometimes rejected. Slowly, she picks the reins of the family and starts out on her own from writing articles to baking.
The story actually flows from one page to another, though the book is divided into parts and the chapters do not have numbers but begin with a quote in bold letters (a new concept). The author has written the book in first person from Shyamoli’s perspective, as if she is telling her day to day story. The author has depicted the conversations between the characters very naturally as they happen in our day to day lives. It is an interesting story with realistic characters. The relationships between the characters have been depicted very beautifully. Shyamoli has been depicted as a strong woman but Ketaki is the icing on the cake. The book is funny at times and sometimes I felt for Shyamoli, how her own mother could be so insensitive to her. The story kept me up till late in the night and could not put it down even though my eyes were not ready to open and it was the first thing I picked up when I got up in the morning.
Loved the book.
Book Source: The Book Club