WRITING STYLE: 3/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5
Marriage in the new age is not that easy. There are egos, there are temperaments and then there are careers, expectations and what not. So how does the new age woman cope up? Does she give up her career for the sake of family? Uproot herself completely for the sake of her spouse? Well, not always but sometimes things like these do happen even in love marriages.
The story of Mythili is somewhat similar. From being a lioness in a corporate jungle she quietly domesticated herself in the realms of matrimony and household. Who was once a hardened crime reporter in the narrow, dusty and sometimes dingy lanes of Bangalore, was now a “dependent” in the Philippines, living off the income of her husband. Who was once a hit in the various social circles of Bangalore, was now a lonely soul trying to fit in and find a place in the hierarchy of the “wives club” of the “Desi Gang” in Manilla.
So what went wrong? Why was the actual marriage scene not as rosy as the courtship period? Why did things eventually fade away into oblivion? Who was to answer? And who was to tell? Did Mythili find a way out? Or did she accept defeat at the hands of fate? What will happen to this marriage? Know this and much more in this candid and humorous take on the life of a career-forgoing-now-dependent woman.
The storyline of A Newlywed’s Adventures in Married Land is simple or rather non-existent. It moves in a journal-like style which is told in a third person voice. Shweta Ganesh’s writing style is funny, candid and very entertaining. The “misadventures” are quite realistic and relatable and sometimes your heart goes out to Mythili. The book aside from being amusing is also quite enlightening. I say enlightening because any unmarried and in love couple who are bound to land in a similar situation as Mythili will find the book quite helpful and eye-opening. It will give one an idea what to realistically expect from such a marriage.
A Newlywed’s Adventures in Married Land starts off on a quite interesting note, continues to thrill throughout however it fades away in the end. As a reader it felt that the author was in a rush to get it done with and thus the end, is not at all nicely done. Rest of the book is quite pleasurable, though. Most impressionable are Mythili’s encounters with the “wives gang”. For those looking for romance, this is not essentially a romantic novel, this is about coming of age in a marriage. There are bits of romance here and there but only superficially. The book is more funny than romantic.
I liked the characters, almost all of them have a funny side and that’s what makes them such a hit. The writing style is good; though a little more effort on the storyline would have done wonders for the book. The climax, as already stated, is as bad as the book fades away in the end. My final verdict is that A Newlywed’s Adventures in Married Land is a decent and fun read, and I would definitely recommend it to my readers especially those who are on the verge of getting married. I end this review by giving the book three out of five stars on account of its entertainment quotient.