– Sreeju Sudhakaran
– Leadstart Publishing
of Pages – 351 Pages
Year – 2016
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going through a huge crisis.
One of their younger scions, Neeraja wants to
marry her Punjabi boyfriend.
Her father wants to hear none of it.
Her aunts would rather die than allow it.
Her uncles don’t care a damn about it.
And her poor cousin’s idyllic existence is screwed
Arjun never wanted to have anything to do with his
distant and more successful cousin; Neeraja. However, her decision to marry a
non-Mallu, an unheard-of scandal in her family, changes his life forever.
Forced to take part in the family ‘discussions’ by his mother, he tries to
devise ways to get out of this mess, when he finds out Neeraja’s beau’s sister
is his college crush. Desiring to win her back, he realizes it can only happen
if Neeraja gets married to her boyfriend. With no option left, he forms an
uneasy alliance with his hateful cousin, as they work in tandem to emotionally
manipulate the elders into making this marriage happen… until one day, a dark
secret gets revealed that threatens to unravel all their efforts…
A Mallu- Punju love story reminded me of 2 states, when I read the one liner but it is nowhere similar to 2 states. There are no filmy sequences, ‘no love you’, ‘you are my life chants’, yet conveys the pure emotion of love and affection. The story is about how the protagonist, Arjun is dragged into the family drama. His initial reluctance and lack of interest gives way to active involvement in binding the two love birds in a knot. His college time fling/ crush is the prospected groom’s sister. While the scenario unfolds, it took me to some movie or book with quite similar story line but I could not recollect which one. There are a lot of drama and twists in the story. There has not been a lot of books which portrays the Malayali lives. Being a Malayali myself I was able to relate with it easily. But he sarcasm was a little over the top sometime. Not all mallu’s are selfish, narrow-minded and opportunists. The highlight of the book is the narration. The first person narrative of Arjun is quirky, snappy, and will glue the reader to the book.
The twist in the end lacked conviction. I have always wondered why the authors make it a point that there is atleast a single scene of love making in the story like taking a tablet. Well’ I wouldn’t count it as a negative but again without that part also the story would be interesting and the intentions of the female protagonist could have appeared purer.
If you are tired of the daily dose of puppy love stories, if you love drama, if you love twists, twists and more twists, you will love this book.
for the publisher
of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in
exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
The opinions I have expressed are my own.