31 miles by Vinita Bakshi Malik

9788129142290.jpgI received 31 miles by Vinita Bakshi Malik as a review copy from Rupa Publications. I would like to thank the publisher for the same. This book is the story of Mansa, a lady who has been pampered all through her life, first as a daughter, a sister and a granddaughter and later as a wife and a mother.

The blurb:

The beginning and the end are two sides of the same coin.

In a circle, there is no beginning and no end.

Mansa has the perfect family life—a husband, two daughters and a big house. But she feels that something is missing. Her frustration with being just a homemaker intensifies. After shifting to a major city, she decides to take the reins of her life in her own hands, she decides to step out and seek a career.

While enjoying the new-found freedom and confidence, she completely immerses herself in her work and her new life. Till one fateful day when she finds herself embroiled in a passionate affair—with an online lover. And then everything falls apart!

31 Miles is the story of a woman who finds her own worth after marriage, and works towards self-emancipation. Will she give it all up for the elusive mirage created by the stranger? What turn will her life take next?

The story:

Mansa is the youngest daughter of her parents and the most loved one amongst the three sisters. She has been always the protected one, gets married to the person chosen by her parents and lives a content life being a wife, a homemaker and a mother. By virtue of her husband being in a transferable job, they move around a lot.

Then she moves to Gurgaon with her family and meets a friend and realizes that she needs to do something with her life. Her husband, Abhijit, is supportive. So she joins a cooking course. One thing moves to another and she gets involves in an online affair.

I will not divulge further.

My take:

Someone once told me, when my kids were very small and I wanted to take a break from my career that as time goes by, mothers are nothing but fixed deposits for their children. The child wants the mother to be there when he/ she needs her.

Mansa was also a fixed deposit for her children and her husband till she realizes that she needs to make a career for herself.

The characters have been developed well and are realistic. The language is simple and the story just flows. The story made me smile, it made me laugh and it also made me cry, but it made me realize that women also deserve happiness.

Mansa got everything in life, but did she get what she wanted????

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

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