WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5
I remember reading Barney Stinson’s The Bro Code a couple of years back. Now, I am not a huge fan of his twisted ways of getting the attention of the opposite sex but I have to give one thing to the book – It was indeed hilarious!! If you are someone who cannot digest that kind of wicked humour and advice, but still don’t mind a soft read on the subject, Varun Mannava’s “Polite Pickup Lines in Indian Pubs” is just the kind of book you are looking for.
This book is a boon to single men who don’t know how to find themselves talking to a girl. And let’s face it, there is mostly an awkward conversation fearer somewhere deep down, in all of us, only more so in single men. This book is a pleasant read for anyone who wants to have a few tricks up his sleeve. Unlike what many people may perceive this book to be, this book is not vulgar or cheap, it does not objectify women, and is not an anti-feminist book. This is a simple guide for single men looking for the right amount of advice when it comes to making friends with women.
Now that being said, “Polite Pickup Lines in Indian Pubs” is not a pathbreaking read; it doesn’t give you any uniquely novel ideas but what it does give you is sound advice and some good and respectful behavioural skills when it comes to women. All of 102 pages, the book has 51 mini-chapters each of which gives you a different tip.
A Few chapters like Improve General Awareness, Find a Good Hobby, Respect Waiters and Bartenders and Housekeeping Staff contain generic advice which makes one become a better individual whereas others like Learn Good Dance Moves, Avoid Small Talk, Give a Funky Birthday Gift, and Don’t Force a Girl to Drink More are a few which become more specific to the topic at hand.
The narration has sometimes been supported by anecdotes and incidents from the author’s life and that makes the book much more realistic and believable to the reader. Since the book has such a precisely defined subject, it will only appeal to a niche category of readers. It can also be useful to women because there are certain lessons that apply to both the genders.
Just before the book begins, the crisp foreword tells you a lot about what the book aims at and where exactly it will help you. Another short section titled “What this book aims to deliver” will also help you in understanding the usefulness of the book.
Overall, “Polite Pickup Lines in Indian Pubs” cannot be categorized as a must-read, though it will surely do good to the people who are in need of such a work. Even then, there are no sure success mantras or cheat codes here, just some good old advice from somebody who as claimed in the introduction to the book, has had a lot of experience in such kind of situations.
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