Publisher: Leadstart Publishing House
Cover design: Chandravadan R. Shiroorkar
Cover : 4/5
Title : 4.5/5
Blurb : 3/5
Story : 3.5/5
Theme : 3.5/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 3.5/5
- Parashuraman- The protagonist
- Ragini- his sister
- Jennifer- his “fireball” colleague
- Tara- his fiance
- Parvati- his aunt
Parshuraman Joshi, 27, handsome, Hindu-Brahmin, IT Professional, settled in Canada, earns a high-figure salary.
These are credentials that would make any young man hot on the Indian wedding market, so it’s no wonder that Parshuraman’s family is inundated with matrimonial proposals. While so far all attempts to ‘settle’ him have gone kaput, he has bigger issues vexing him – such as Jennifer, his ‘fireball’ of a colleague, and their efforts to save Project Infinite. To top it all, as the credit crisis grips the global economy, the little world he’s created for himself begins to fall apart. Will he be able to pull himself together to face the challenges posed by a tough economy? More importantly, will this Recession Groom be able to find his ‘perfect partner’?
“The Recession Groom” by Vani mainly focuses on marriage in the Indian context. A perfect groom desired by all Indian families for their beloved daughters, that is the perfect description for Parashuraman. He works for an IT company in Canada, earns an enviable high-figure salary, and is total family man. With no bad habits, including smoking or drinking, and no past-life around women, he is the most desirable man for all those families looking out for perfect matches to get their respective daughters married. Ragini is on a full-fledged mission of getting her brother Parashuraman married and settled as soon as possible. The project that Parashuraman is working on requires him to make a visit to India during which he also gets to meet his family – Ragini and his grandmother. But the real headache for him, apart from the project, is that Jennifer is to accompany him on the tour.
All that Ragini and Parvati want from life is to get Parashuraman settled and who can find a better match for him. The match is fixed between him and Tara. But the course of things change in his professional life and as a result of recession, Parashuraman is laid off. While he was “hot” on the wedding market earlier, none of the families, including Tara, now want to be part of his life. His own family is all that he has besides him and through a fun tide of events that happen post Parashuraman losing his job will make you read the book till the very end. You’ll never stop anticipating on what will happen next, and the climax will surely surprise you!
Narration was effortless. Perfect grammar, regular vocab and a simple story line were the highlights. No complexities whatsoever, be it the characters or the script on the whole. Situations were carved really well. The one thing that I liked the most about this book is it inspires you to always be positive in life and have faith in that divine energy to do the very best for you, come what may. You never know when a not-so-important person in your life can come to your rescue.
There was nothing in the book which wasn’t read anytime earlier. There was a tine-tiny lack of innovation!
A good read. (3.5/5)
- Available at: Amazon (Rs. 250)
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