WRITING STYLE: 4/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
When I received this book from Leadstart Corp, I asked Sankalpita to review it because this particular genre is her forte and I didn’t want to review a subject which I’m not good at and one which I do not prefer reading. I believed my review would be a lash out, not against the book, but the genre itself. But, because she was busy with other books and I had to keep the timeline in mind, I decided to give it a try and read with a neutral mind. When I started reading the book, my mind tried to find faults in every page, every situation and in every character. But alas, it failed. Except for a few things, which I’ve written about below, rest of the book was awesomely funny and humorous. Each sentence made me laugh; not smile, but laugh. Each character made me LOL, ROFL and LMAO. I’ve had such a good laugh after many days, thanks to “Sadiqa Peerbhoy” and her Marry Go Round.
The central plot of the book revolves around the attempts of Sartaj Begum, a remnant of the old Nawabi Khandan, in finding a desi, mussalman and high-birth wife for her NRI son, Riaz. Riaz is a manager for a direct marketing firm based in New York and has been living there for the past 8 years. The story begins when Sartaj get the news that Riaz is in a live-in with a white girl in Amreeka. Desperate for a desi daughter-in-law, she fakes a heart attack and forces Riaz to come to Hyderabad. Once he is here, she emotionally blackmails him and makes him agree to a marriage with Sana, daughter of the Mirza family. The rest of the story is about each of the characters – Riaz, Sartaj, Sana, Dilawar – plotting their own independent schemes to make or break the marriage.
Only one word for the characters of Marry Go Round – hilarious. Riaz is a handsome, Manhattan stud whom the white girls are crazy about. He takes full advantage of this fact and is enjoying his bachelorhood in NY. Riaz’s father, Professor Shujat Ali Khan is a tall and thin man whose entire goal of life is to stuff his mouth at regular intervals. A devout Shakespearean, he always quotes Shakespeare whatever may be the situation. Sartaj, the funniest character in the book, is a round, plump woman who still reminisces of the past glorious days of the Nawabs when she was rich and beautiful. She has a loud-speaker for a vocal cord and her maid Nihar is always at the receiving end. Dilawar always fails in love and all his lovers either run away with the driver or the gardener.
The writing style is superb and the author makes a good use of figurative to make us laugh. The narrations of any situation or character or schemes are surely going to make you laugh until your mouth starts aching. I strongly recommend Marry Go Round to the readers but be prepared for a serious stomach ache, a side effect of all the laughs you will laugh.