Author: Shubha Menon
Publisher: Harper Collins
Cover design: Preeti Koul Chaudhry
Cover : 2/5
Title : 2.5/5
Blurb : 4/5
Story : 4.5/5
Theme : 4.5/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 4.5/5
- Mini- The protagonist
- Rustom- Mini’s colleague
- Shyam- Mini’s husband
Awedding planner who believes in fairytale weddings, Mini longs for romance in her own marriage. The magic of the initial years has vanished, leaving behind a hunger that she assuages with chocolate. Mini would love to change her situation, but she is over the hill and overweight. The chances of having a hot affair with a happening man are dim, if not non-existent.
An important assignment comes up, and Mini is sent to the Mumbai office of her company, to head the creative team. The manager of the office is young Rustom, the answer to Mini’s secret dreams. Rustom is a ladies’ man. He is also married, and a skirt chaser. Mini decides to shape up and get into the kind of skirt that Rustom would want to chase. The wedding of an erstwhile royal scion with a Bollywood starlet has to be planned and Rustom and Mini work together to make it a success. Their own chemistry clicks and they fall into each other’s arms.
But soon, Mini learns that her idol has feet of clay. And that a rock-solid husband is worth many a dream lover.
“The Second Coming” by Shubha Menon is the story of a middle-aged woman named Mrinalini, or Mini as everyone calls her. Mini is married to Shyam and their’s cannot be called a perfect married life. They are both unappreciative of each other, in every aspect, with no physical intimacy whatsoever. Mini believes that there is a Dream Lover (DL as she calls him) out there, waiting for her, and she’ll surely meet him one day. She is also sure that her DL is not Shyam. Caught in her dreams, reality of hitting menopause soon dawns on her and she wants to have a perfect romance before that happens. She wants to go somewhere far away, alone, where no one would know her true identity, so that she could find her DL and have her share of romance. An important assignment comes up at workplace which requires her to move to Mumbai for a couple of months. Seeing this is an escape opportunity, Mini wants to visit Mumbai and have some fun time there.
On reaching Mumbai, her first encounter with the Production Head of Mumbai office, Rustom, sweeps her off her feet. He is married, but so is Mini 😉 She realizes that staying at the hotel accomodation provided by her office, which belongs to her neighbour, won’t allow her the freedom to flirt around with Rustom, or even work upon having an affair with him fearing that the news would soon reach Shyam through their neighbour’s staff at hotel. So she moves in with her college friend, joins the gym in her society and after a lot of pestering by her friend, appoints a personal dietician. She avoids Shyam’s calls and emails to the core, resulting into Shyam appointing a detective to look at what Mini is upto in Mumbai.
Within months Mini is on verge of becoming a sexy slim version of herself and in the meantime also woos Rustom with her gestures. Soon enough they are into each other’s arms, with each one of them left gasping for more. Office gossips are on the roll and Mini also realizes that she doesn’t want to be known as a slut, but wants actual romance before leaving from Mumbai. But how would she confront Rustom about this or will she get back to her not-so-happily-married life without fulfulling her dream of a perfect romance before hitting menopause. Well, the climax will definitely leave you deep in thoughts.
A girl’s emotions and feelings have been described beautifully by Shubha. Perfect grammar with basic level of vocabulary, abundant emotions and constant spice of “what will happen next” make the book a reader’s delight. A lot of relative situations will make the readers understand and associate with the emotions and feelings deeply.
There were a few times when the narration was Mini-centric and Rustom’s mind-thoughts weren’t revelead, but at other times both Mini & Rustom’s mind-thoughts were expressed. This caused inconsistency in narration, leaving the reader wondering at times about the other side of the story.
A perfect recipe for romance, with the spice of an extra-marital affair. (4.5/5)
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