Blurb: Parshuraman Joshi, 27, handsome, Hindu-Brahmin, IT Professional, settled in Canada, earns a high-figure salary. These are credentials that would make any young man hot on the Indian wedding market, so it’s no wonder that Parshuraman’s family is inundated with matrimonial proposals. While so far all attempts to ‘settle’ him have gone kaput, he has bigger issues vexing him – such as Jennifer, his ‘fireball’ of a colleague, and their efforts to save Project Infinite. To top it all, as the credit crisis grips the global economy, 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 be able to find his ‘perfect partner’?
About the author: I, was born in Garian, Libya in a traditional Hindu Punjabi family. My parents prized ‘good’ education above all else, and when I was still small, they decided to move base to Chandigarh, a modern city in the North of India, famed for its educational institutions. As a child, I loved reading, but writing stories of my own never occurred to me, much like everything else. Becoming a doctor wasn’t an option, for the very sight of blood made me retch. Mathematics and Excel sheets bored me no end, leaving Humanities as a last resort. I could easily compete for the civil services, my parents reasoned, although, sitting for an exam with a million potential candidates vying for one job didn’t make much sense to me. Fortunately, life took a better turn and it was a Masters degree in Economics alongside a programme in Mass Communications that set my foundation for a career in business journalism. Luckily, I got to work in some of the best organisations in India, like ‘The Times of India’ and ‘The Financial Express’. In 2004, I was hit with the desire to write a novel. However, a few drafts and several ideas later, I gave it all up to pursue an MBA degree from Kingston University in London. Of course, I dreamt about MNC firms coveting me, the Deloittes and the McKinseys of the world chasing me down with multiple job offers, the likes of Accenture begging me to work for them. The reality was quite different. The completion of my course coincided with the start of global recession and my dreams could never be realized. My situation, nevertheless, prompted me to write my first full novel. So, as it happens, ‘it was all okay in the end.’
Review: This is author Vani’s debut novel and it is just difficult to believe that because I felt her writing very professional as she has been trained to write so well. All appreciation to you. A big welcome to the world of writing. The book is about Parshuraman Joshi, Chandigarh based Punjabi Brahmin working in Canada. He is 27, eligible for marriage along with good pay and he is controlled by a bossy aunt, Parvati. Aunt along with his sister Ragini tries every way to select a bride for Parshuraman which makes him feel like a “thing” in the market than a man for wedding. The book has some good funny situations which rise due to this but author Vani has balance the story by including misfortune which Parshuraman experiences at work which makes me jinxed about making few important decisions relating to his work and personal life when recession hits him and he loses his job. All the characters in the story – Aunt Parvati, Tia and Ana, Ragini, Parshuraman, Bill, Jennifer, Tara, Uncle Ravi and Parshuraman’s ‘s Nani are portrayed so real that we can relate to them personally. They did not looked like made for this story. It is as if you really are witnessing a part of someone’s life. The language used by Vani’s is refined and perfect. From the very first page, I was grasped into the heart of the story. The author has kept things interesting with some unexpected twists in the book, especially the climax, that one I didn’t expect. The Nani, unfair to call her an old lady, the coolest grandma every written in any story who fancies Robert Pattinson and watches Hollywood movies. Wish we all had a Nani like her. Even though the story is crafted in an amusing way, I felt lack of emotions here and there. But I was laughing like crazy at those Aunt Parvati’s moments and many other. Vani’s funny tone kept me hooked to the book till the very end. The plot is really unique and real in sync with the characters. The situations in and around a software company as mentioned in the story is systematically intuitive and the author had done her research well enough to bring alive the period of recession in our history. I would definitely recommend this book please read it to find out about Parshuraman’s journey on the road to marriage and employment.
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I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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