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'?
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Parashuram is a 27 year old IT Professional working in Canada. Like most Indian families, his family too is eager to see him get married and ‘settled’ and as such he is showered with marriage proposals from many of his relatives. At the same time his colleague Jennifer shows her interest in him. Amidst all this, recession hits the market and Parashuram loses his job. Everything – his plans for his future and his family’s plan for his future go haywire. Things seem to go only downhill in his life. Will he be able to get his life back on track, including finding a suitable life partner?!
This easily could have been the real life story of so many Indians during the recession period. Everything about the story feels real and reflects the reality of the Indian society - right from the arranged marriage concept to a nosy aunty to a bossy elder sister… It made me feel closer to the story and the character as I could feel like I know these people. And that is the most admirable quality about this book. Another interesting factor about this book is that it contains numerous twists and turns and yet a reader will know how the book is going to end right from the beginning. Another factor in the book is its emotions… this could have been quite an emotional roller-coaster, but somehow the author failed to deliver completely on that quotient.
Parashuram is an interesting character. Ofcourse he is an ‘eligible’ bachelor in every sense. He is handsome, with a good job and salary and overall a decent guy, but I found his degree of shyness a bit unbelievable. Parashuram’s Nani has to be my favourite character of the lot. Oh she is so cool! I wished to hug her and pinch her cheeks in admiration almost throughout her presence in the story. Parashuram’s sister and aunt are the other two prominent characters who influenced the flow of the plot. It is Jennifer’s character that I would have loved to see other sides of.
The author’s language is simple – no big words used, and narrative style in interesting. Both complement each other and make it easy to get into the story. However, the dialogue delivery could do with a bit of work. Overall, a good novel from a debut author.
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