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Book Review #76: You Are The Best Wife


Author: Ajay K Pandey
Pages: 240
Publisher: Srishti Publishers and Distributors
Cover design: Wasim Helal

  • Ratings-

Cover : 3.5/5
Title : 3.5/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Story : 3/5
Theme : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 4/5

  • Characters:
  1. Ajay- The protagonist
  2. Bhavna- Ajay’s wife
  • Blurb:

This is a true inspiring story of the author and his struggle with life. He struggled in almost every part of his life, but when his life seemed to be falling in place, his beloved wife left him halfway and her last word, ‘You are the best husband.’ gave him the strength to live with. He decided to pull off all her unaccomplished duties and made it a target to thrive for the rest of his life.

Told with frankness and doses of humor this heartwarming tale of a boy and a girl who never gave up on their love in face of the many blows that life deals them ends on a bittersweet and poignant note as Ajay comes to terms with the biggest lesson life has to offer.

‘You are best wife.’ is Author’s story—a story of how he lost his wife, his nerve-wracking and unimaginably terrifying journey through denial, resentment, and depression to, finally, acceptance and forgiveness.

  • Review:

What an amazing start to Valentines’ week! The first ever Review-thon review and an amazing one at that! You are the best wife by Ajay K Pandey is a true story based on his life. The plot starts with the doctors telling Ajay that this might be the last time that he gets to speak with her. He then takes the readers on the roller-coaster journey of his life.

He begins by mentioning the numerous crushes he has had since childhood and how he had never been vocal about his feelings. His parents always expected a lot from him and trusted in him to be very successful in life and demolish the financial crisis of his family. After 2 years of preparation for IIT, he lands up in IERT where he meets Bhavna for the first time. Theirs is a cute love story where he falls in love with her at first sight but she doesn’t pay any heed towards him. He manages to become friends with her and initiates conversation at a slow but steady pace. Ajay has also included some hilarious moments of the first two months at IERT hostel where seniors ragged them to the core until their freshers’ party. It was then that Ajay breaks the ice with Bhavna mentioning that she had a tie with the Ms. Fresher winner who was also her friend, Akanksha, to cheer her up. They finally become great friends and Ajay uses the shield of her school friend, Ragini, mentioning that she is his girlfriend, for Bhavna to put him in the safe zone category.

Ajay somehow gathers the courage to propose to Bhavna, uses emotional drama to blackmail her when she doesn’t respond positively and finally succeeds in winning her heart. After 7 years of relationship, they struggle to convince their parents to get them married; Ajay’s parents give a tougher time to them than Bhavna’s. Ajay again uses his weapon of emotional blackmail to convince his parents and finally it all works out in their favor. They get married and it dawns upon Ajay that the status of being married does change a lot of things in the relationship and also that life changes by multiple degrees. All goes well in life until Bhavna is suddenly caught with fever and her condition only keeps deteriorating. She does leave him alone in this world but says something to him during their last conversation that changes the meaning of his life and encourages him to come out of his mourning state. Does he understand what Bhavna wanted to convey to him throughout? Does she succeed in changing his life? What role do Bhavna’s parents play in all this? Read the book and I promise that it’d be worth every second you spend on it. 🙂

  • Let-downs:

I wish the part where wives and girls on the whole have been portrayed as spenders or shopaholics was avoided 😛

  • Appreciations:

Simple, sweet, sinless! Simple narration, sweet story and sinless emotions – what more can I say! Almost perfect grammar, easily decipherable words, encouraging philosophical thoughts and the touch of reality took the book to greater heights. It was an amazing thought to write the “acknowledgments” section from Bhavna’s perspective. Beautifully carved words and perfect expression of emotions made the book a delight to read.

  • Verdict:

A heart-wrenching tale narrated with utmost innocence. (4/5)

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