College is the greatest time in your life. As soon as you finish your degree, you get to see how the real world works, many new doors open to you, one gets confused whether to work in the computer field or to follow your passion and many people want to pursue higher education. For some like me, things screw up in the name of marriage proposals. As soon as I completed degree, I got the bank Job in first attempt. You know that for general category to get into any government job you need to score really well and it is very difficult too. Just after a few days of me entering my new job, I was flooded with marriage proposals. One of those grooms’ families even wanted me to resign my job and settle in the States along with the guy. Crazy I tell you! This is probably the worst thing that could happen.
I came across this book THE RECESSION GROOM by Vani and I wanted to read it. The Book is very addictive and I couldn’t halt before I finished it. The plot is very interesting. The storyline is realistic, engaging and entertaining. Though there are some loose ends in the story, being a romantic and fictional book reader, I am not so bothered. At times I felt as a part of the character.
THE RECESSION GROOM is about a guy called Parshuraman Joshi who is a Punjabi Hindu Brahmin with roots in Chandigarh. Parshuraman was named after the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He studies and works in the USA. Parshuraman is not a warrior like his name but basically an IT Professional, settled in Canada who earns a high-figure salary. He is quite happy with this career except for frequent scrimmage with his colleagues, especially, a fireball girl called Jennifer. He is 27, young and ripe for marriage. His family is looking for a suitable bride for him and they are loaded with a number of proposals. He is always under the thumb of his bossy aunt, Parvati, who has nurtured him. Earning well employed with a multinational company called Vezza in Toronto makes him hot on the Indian wedding market. The book begins with Parshuraman working on a project named ‘Project Infinite’ for a Chinese client in Shanghai.
Parshuraman also visits India for a while with Jennifer to sort out the development issues with their outsourced vendor in Delhi. The real mess starts when Parshuraman reaches home, at Chandigarh.
His sister Ragini and aunt Parvati try to outdo each other in finding a perfect match for Parshuraman. Poor Parshuraman is under pressure and starts feeling more like a commodity than a person as eager Mamas with young daughters pursue him. The book is filled up with characters who are always trying to make you laugh. The father-in-laws calls/interview scenes are all hilarious. The character of Nani ma (Parshuraman’s Grandmother) is my favourite. She is wise and cute. She seems to be a woman with a loving heart and modern than any of her granddaughters.
The characters in the story, especially, Aunt Parvati’s daughters Tia and Ana, Tara, Uncle Ravi, Bill and Carol – all are believable and quirky with a very human touch. The scenario described in the beginning is set to change. Parshuraman faces real tragedy when he confronts problem at work.
Even after working so hard on his job; Parshuraman falls prey to recession and loses his job as the credit crisis grips the global economy. His marriage gets cancelled at the last minute. Along with finding a new job, Parshuraman has to find his perfect partner. He has to find out where his heart really is before he can make crucial decisions about work and love. The story further continues with how things changed for him due to recession and what happened in his life after that as the little world he’s created for himself begins to fall apart. Will he be able to pull himself together to face the challenges posed by a tough economy? More importantly, will this Recession Groom find his ‘perfect partner’?
The story lacks pace in the middle after some 100 pages and there is much confusion which could have been avoided. Just like the title of the book, the story goes on in a very expected pattern. It picks up after the first half is over moving on effortlessly. The language of the book is simple, easily understandable and clear. What is the best part about the story is that it is relatable. The plot is not so elaborate and the story builds up scene by scene.
The characters are well etched, the dialogues are written well. There are not much twists and turns but the book is straight forward. In the story, there are some fun scenes, punch lines to keep you hooked.
Recommendation & Rating: A great fun read with a coffee. I’ll give this book 3 on a scale of 5. A must read entertaining novel. If you want to know how marriages work in India and how differently relatives react then grab a copy of this book.
About Vani – Vani was born in Garian, Libya, in a traditional Hindu Punjabi family. Vani is a former “Times of India” journalist and now a novelist. She has done MA Economics from Panjab University. She is also a University Gold Medallist in MA Economics. She is MBA from Kingston University, London. The Recession Groom’ is her first fiction novel.
|TITLE||THE RECESSION GROOM
|PUBLISHER||LEADSTART PUBLISHING PVT. LTD.|
|NUMBER OF PAGES||295 PAGES|
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