When the mind is in fear, the head must be held high.
Author: Chitrangada Mukherjee
Publisher: Fingerprint Publishers
Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic by Chitrangada Mukherjee is a story of Madhubala and Lalitaji. Lalitaji who lost her son, and Madhubala who lost her Husband at a very young age, deal with the ups and downs in life. Will their life be normal again?
Firstly, I liked how the story the story started. The plot of the story is good, full of twists and turns. The narration of the story is crisp and engaging keeping reader Hooked. The theme of love, desire, loss, friendship sets well with the beautiful backdrop of Chennai.
The characters that the author made are strong and interesting. Each character had their own, vital role. I did not like Madhubala’s character. Rather I loved Lalitaji’s character the most. The twist in her life surprised me. The pace of the story slow. Too many details made it a bit boring. The flow of the story is Okay.
The language used by the author is simple and easy. The writing style of the author is Lucid. The sequence of the events was pleasant. I liked the cover and the title of the book
Overall, it’s a good story but could have been much better.
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11 pm: Heart’s pounding, hands shaking. Have these knots in my stomach. But drinking isn’t an option. Maa is sleeping with me. Baba in Lalitaji’s room. And she on the sofa. Want to step into the toilet, take one swig, and then go directly to sleep. How the hell will Maa know? I mean she’s sleeping like a log. No, no, shouldn’t. What if she wakes up? She’s a light sleeper, after all. 11.30 pm: No wine. Or vodka. Terrible, terrible night. When will they go back to Kolkata and let me be? 11.32 pm: Chhi . . .Chhi . . . How selfish am I? My parents, one with a heart condition, spent thousands on flight tickets and landed in Chennai. Why? Because they wanted to spend time with their widowed daughter. And what does the daughter want? To sneak into the toilet and take one good swig of wine. Shame on her! Okay, now I’m being over-dramatic. Meet Madhubala Ray a thirty-year-old brand-spanking-new widow in Chennai. She lives with her seventy-year-old mostly-silent MIL—whose name she can’t remember, teaches Social Science to bratty teenagers, and suddenly has a life filled with unpredictable men, catty colleagues, a bisexual best friend, and . . . heart-wrenching memories of her late husband. How does she deal with all of that? By baring it all, in her diary. Join this oddball-widow who always keeps it real as she gives an honest account of a young North Indian working woman in Chennai, who tries to survive a tragedy through wine and vodka, her quirky sense of humour, and refuses to give up on love. Despite its oddities. The question is: does she survive and find love, again? Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic is a story that is brutally honest, funny, romantic and liberating. It’s a slice of life you wouldn’t want to miss.