Siddharth Agarwal a.k.a. Sid has it all a fifteen-year-long marriage, a bunch of devoted friends, and the chance to be the companys youngest-ever VP, all at the age of thirty-six
But, behind the scenes, his life is slowly falling apart, what with his marriage on the rocks, parents who treat him like a delinquent child, and overly-interfering, backstabbing friends. And thats not even counting the manipulative HR vixen and the obnoxious boss he must tackle in office.
So, when lovely, spunky single mom Neha materializes in his life, she brings into it a ray of hope. But will she cause the brewing storm to finally erupt?
Who said it would be easy sorting out Sid?
Came Valentine’s Day and I picked up this book for review. Not really a ‘Romantic’ novel per se, it has it’s own sauce of romance. Well, life is not only about traditional romance, is it?
The book is about Sid. It is his story. But it is as much a story of people cocooned around him – Mandira, Neha, Aditi – the women! Sid is someone most of us would be able to connect with – he’s not happy with his marriage, his job, his shortcomings and his love life. Sid has multiple persona, just like most of us – ‘Work Sid’, ‘Party Sid’,’Sid Uncle’, ‘Best friend Sid’, ‘Ex husband Sid.’ I particularly loved the way the author has explored each such persona and their different shades. A few people would find Sid repulsive with his beer-and-beanbag (Brownie) sessions, his unkempt ways and his fumbles at specific moments. But Sid is as normal as one can get. He laughs, he cries, he lies, he whines and he loves. He doesn’t hate, and that’s what I liked about him.
I hadn’t read the author’s previous book Just Married, Please Excuse. I wasn’t aware of her writing skills and must I say, I’m quite taken by her writing. Her ability to characterize is at par with quality writers. There is a quirk in the book that is contagious. With a steady dose of humour amidst quite serious incidents in Sid’s life, you never realize when you’ve cruised through the climax. The peripheral characters are described very well too. I loved Neha and all her spunk. And I would like to sincerely thank the author for not imposing mush on her readers in the climax. It is a perfect end to a good story, the way it should be without being too obvious.
Much recommended for everyone in and around their thirties. This is one book I’d love to wait for a sequel.
P.S. – Loved the cover, super fun one after a long time.
My Rating: 4.25/5
About the Author:
Author. Mother. Marketeer. Not always in that order. Yashodhara Lal is an IIM graduate, marketing professional, mother of three and the bestselling author of Just Married, Please Excuse. She lives in Gurgaon with her family, who never fail to provide her with material for her entertaining blog at Y On Earth Not.
Language: English, Genre: Fiction/Humour
Author(s): Yashodhara Lal
Publisher: Harper Collins, Year Published: 2014 January
Binding: Paperback, Edition: First, Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 9789350296912, ISBN-10: 9350296918
Reviewed for: Harper Collins and Indiblogger
This review is also shared with the Indian Quills Reading Challenge at The Tales Pensieve and the First Reads Challenge at b00kr3vi3ws.