Once in a while, the mind wants to take a break and urges you to read a book that is not heavily taxing for your grey cells. So when I got a few books to review, courtesy Leadstart Publishing, I was hoping Marry Go Round wouldn’t disappoint!
The book is set up in a traditional Hyderabadi background. The hero – Riaz – is happily settled in the US and does not intend to get married. The mother doesn’t want her only son falling into the hands of a gori and wants him to get married to a khaandani girl in Hyderabad and continue the family line. What follows is a crazy story full of twists and turns. And of course lots of drama!
The book is SO been-there-done-that. The crazy relatives, the greedy matchmaker, the families showing off, every trick of the trade in the marriage business has been tested in this book as well. The character of the mother is penned beautifully; she has some extremely cheesy and funny lines too. But overall, the plot seems to be dragging and you fathom what will follow next, and what to expect in the end. From Almost Single to Two States or Two Fates, we have had enough written about marriages.
Overall, this is a perfect reading material for a tediously long train/plane journey.
About the book: A determined mother using blatant emotional blackmail to inveigle her NRI son into a marriage with the right sort of desi girl; a reluctant groom with a live-in girlfriend following him all the way to India; a bride on the rebound from a disastrous liaison with a married man; skeletons rattling in old family cupboards; an aunt on the vengeance trail and we have a heady cocktail of an arranged wedding that morphs into a love marriage with quite the wrongest possible girl…with a little tactical help from long-dead ancestors. Written in a refreshingly original style, Marry Go Round is one quaint combine of today s merrily irreverent humour and a staid Hyderabadi milieu with its Nawabi hangover from grandiose times long past.
About the author: Sadiqa Peerbhoy has been a columnist for Deccan Herald, Newstime, Midday, The Brief, and the Times of India, Bangalore. Her long-running, topical humour column, Swalpa Connect Maadi in Deccan Herald has a devoted following in Bangalore. She has scripted two popular serials for national television: Honee Anhonee and Sara Jahan Hamara. She has also written documentary scripts for BBC World. Two of her short story collections have been published. Her third book, But Other Mothers Do , is a hilarious take on the trials and tribulations of a young working mother.
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars
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