I have read Ritu’s books before and have enjoyed reading them. I knew she is a good author and with this book, she not only met my expectations as a reader, but exceeded it by a few notches.

The book is about Shyamoli Verma, a woman in her twenties, who has separated from her husband and is the sole provider for her two children, Samar and Ketaki. It is about her journey as a single mom. It is not only about how she manages her finances, but also about her relationship with her estranged husband Manav, her parents – the Malhotras, her brother – Varun, her helps Gulpari and Tosha and her friends Uma, Roop, and Subodh. It is about a woman’s journey to provide for her children without losing her self respect. It is about falling, standing up, learning to crawl, walk and run as a single mom.

If I could compress my thoughts about this book in one word, then I would choose the word “brilliant”. The plot of the story feels believable. The story is in first person narrative. The writing is magnificent – the interplay of words, the metaphors used, the style of narration – brilliant. The characterisation of each entity in the book is elaborate and believable.

Coming to the book and how I like it : Like I said, it is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I loved the way humour works in this book. In the first few chapters, when the characters are being developed, I was guffawing reading every other line. The humour is self depreciating, but it is not humour that fits into “trying to be funny” kind of humour that I have found in a number of books that I have read in the recent past. It is naturally funny. It blends very well into the story line and it makes it a light-hearted read. For a self published book, the editing is quite crisp with minor typos here and there. I felt the latter part of the book was less exciting than the first part of the book, but it is quite understandable considering Shyamoli would have aged and become more mature and balanced compared to her brash self in the beginning of the book.

If I had to rate the book, I would give it 4.5 out of 5. I definitely would be picking more of Ritu’s books as and when she writes them because they are enjoyable and worth the read!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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