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Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Vague Woman's Handbook by Devapriya Roy


On the cover jacket:

'They are bad with directions; they never know when the credit card bill is due.
They have perfected the art of turning over a new leaf tomorrow.
Meet the vague women in this delightful (this is strictly on the cover jacket, I would never have used this word for this book!!!) first novel that doesn't star a woman looking for the right man - because she's already found him!

At twenty-two, Sharmila Chatterjee has just married her sweetheart of a few years, Abhimanyu Mishra, a somewhat eccentric if handsome twenty-three-and-a-half-year-old with obscure academic interests and a small fellowship that never arrives on time. They start a household in a tiny rented flat, learning to fend for themselves in the big, bad and snooty world of South Delhi (oh is that so? how original!!!! - these are my words, sorry to interrupt the jacket!!), with penny-pinching landlords, some romance, and a lot of anxiety.

At fifty-two, Indira Sen is not sure just how she meandered to where she finds herself now. A senior government officer and single mother, she lives with her daughter and three opinionated old people in a rambling house, drives a battered car, and has a history of credit-card-induced shopaholism.

The Vague Woman's Handbook is a story told with equal parts of humour, hysteria and tenderness, about the sparkling friendship between two women as they hurtle through life and its mini-crises while trading secrets in the art of survival.'

Personal verdict: Whatever you read about this book, dont dont dont make the mistake of falling for its cover and image and reading it!!! I fell for it, and made the fatal mistake, but don't tell me you weren't warned !!!!

I rate it a -10/10

- Debolina Raja Gupta