I received the book ‘The Second Coming’ by Shubha Menon as a part of the blog tour conducted by The Book Club and would like to thank Rubina of TBC and the author for the signed review copy of the book. The book is about Mrinalini Mehta, Mini, a wedding planner in Delhi, who believes in fairy tale weddings.
A wedding planner who believes in fairytale weddings, Mini yearns for romance in her own marriage. The magic of the initial years has vanished, leaving behind a hunger that she assuages with chocolate. Mini would love to change her situation, but she is over the hill, overweight and under confident. The chances of having a hot affair with a happening man are dim, if not non-existent.
An erstwhile royal scion decides to wed a Bollywood starlet and Mini is sent to Mumbai to plan the celebrations. The manager of the Mumbai office is young Rustom, the answer to Mini’s secret dreams. Goaded by impending menopause, Mini decides it’s now or never. She simply has to take a second stab at romance.
Rustom is a ladies man. He is also married, and a skirt chaser. Mini decides to shape up and get into the kind of skirts Rustom would want to chase.
Working together closely, Rustom and Mini fall into each others’ arms. Meanwhile, her husband gets wind of the affair and tries to reclaim her. Now Mini must choose between heady romance and steady matrimony.
But soon, Mini discovers that her romantic idol has feet of clay. In a dramatic end, the trusty husband stages a timely rescue. And Mini learns that a rock solid husband is worth many a dream lover.
Mrinalini Mehta, Mini, works in the creative section since five years for Soul Mates, a wedding planner agency, which plans dream weddings in Delhi. She is in her 40s and believes in fairy tale weddings. She is not fat but looks so cuddly and mommy-like. Books are her first love, food is a close second. She wants to lose weight and finds chocolate to be her favourite de-stresser. Married to Shyam for eighteen years, she finds him boring and secretly calls him ‘Sicko Shyam’. She firmly believes that one of these days, her knight in shining armour, her Dream Lover, DL, would arrive and sweep off with her.
Her boss, a typical businessman, Mr Mahatta wants her to go to the Mumbai office and take over the proceedings of a no-expenses asked wedding. She refuses first, but when she is told by her gynaecologist about her menopause being round the corner, she finally agrees to it.
On reaching Mumbai, she is received by Rustom, the boss of the Mumbai office, with a bouquet of roses, something that makes her feel important, and she starts having a crush on him. She joins the gym and goes for a makeover, so that she can charm Rustom. Rustom is also attracted to her but foe all the selfish reasons.
Finally, finally, it is Sicko Shyam, whom she depends on everything, who comes to her rescue.
The book has been written from Mini’s perspective and is funny from the word go. The language is simple and the scenes have been described in such a way that visualizing them is so easy and once they came in front of my eyes, I could not help laughing, irrespective of where I was sitting.
For a debut, it is an excellent book.
Book Source: The author and The Book Club Group
Publisher: Harper Collins