I received the book Yours Purni by Reshma Ranjan as a review copy from the author and I would like to thank her for the same. This book is about marriages between maternal uncle and niece that are still prevalent in some parts of southern India.
Purni Vivek, a guest lecturer and an M.Phil student, has her life planned and her future set. What happened to her fourteen years ago has shaped her identity–that of an independent, resilient woman with no place for a man in her life.
Vivek Panniyar, a successful entrepreneur settled in Denver, has not gone back to his ancestral home for fourteen years. His guilt has kept him away. The last thing he had expected when he went back home was the cause of his guilt standing right in front of his eyes.
The age-old custom followed in some parts of south India–maaman kalyanam–was meant to hold the family members and their wealth together. But in Purni and Vivek’s case, it backfired and split the family irreparably.
Will Vivek be a threat to Purni’s freedom? Will Purni shake Vivek’s belief that relationships are better short? Can Vivek and Purni come out of their past and embrace life afresh? Read Yours Purni to find out more.
Purni lives with her Thatta (grandfather in a small town in Tamil Nadu) since she was eight years old after her marriage to her twenty one year old uncle, Vivek, at the behest of her dying grandmother. And soon after the wedding, Vivek, who is an engineer, leaves for the US because he feels guilty and does not believe the marriage to be real.
They belong to a rich Panniyaar family of Karimalai village in Tamil Nadu and she is his wife for the people in their village, for her and fro her grandfather, Vivek’s father. Her parents did not want her back after her marriage and so it was upto her grandfather and Seetha amma to bring her up.
Now, fourteen years later, Purni lives in Chennai and works a guest lecturer and an M.Phil student. She is an independent woman who has no time for romance. And Vivek, an entrepreneur in Denver, comes back to give her a divorce and her independence.
A book which talks about the customs and traditions that are still prevalent in our villages. The characters are realistic and relatable and I could feel for both Purni and Vivek. But my favourite characters was Thatta. I loved the conversations between the characters and also liked the way their feelings have been described. I loved the descriptions of the scenes.
The language is simple and the story is fast paced, I actually finished the book in one sitting.
Looking forward to more books from the author.
DISCLAIMER: I received the book as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.