26 April, 2014

#BookReview :: The Crossover Year by Bhargavi Balachandran

Meet Sri Anuprabha, aka Anu, a twenty-nine year-old banker who is terrified of entering her thirties. She dreams of quitting her job at the bank, sporting yoga pants and traipsing around the world. Her world turns upside down when things go awry and she is faced with the prospect of spending her days watching Tamil serials. She comes up with a five-point plan for reclaiming her life back before she hits the big 30. But things are never as simple as drawing up a flowchart in real life, are they? Especially with a ghastly recession rearing its ugly head…. Anu bumbles through the corridors of domesticity and travels on a funfilled roller coaster ride in a bid to discover her passion in life.Along the way, she meets new people, experiences crazy new things and learns some hard lessons in marriage, friendship, parenting and life. The Crossover Year is a funny, yet heartwarming story of a woman in search of her identity, and a chronicle of her hilarious quest for discovering her inner mojo. Bring out a platter of cookies and a steaming mug of chai, and join Anu on the ride of her lifetime.

The Crossover Year takes us on a roller coaster journey that is the life of a 29 year old modern lady. Anu, a banker by profession and she is dangerously close to hitting the dreaded thirty. We take a good look at her life as she struggles to handle various aspects of her life, namely – Work and Marriage. Like in the real world, Anu’s life isn’t perfect and as things start to go very wrong, Anu fights to get her life back on track.

Anu is a very relatable character. As a thirty something woman myself, I could feel that Anu’s story could have very well been my own. The different shades of a woman have been captured well in this book through Anu and I would like to give a special kudos to the author for that. There are various other characters that enter Anu’s life and lend colour to the story. Her husband Mukund is a true partner in terms of a husband and also as a supporting cast to her role. Well developed and very real characters always manage to elevate the quality of a story. 

The plot on the other hand, while not so unique or ‘ohmygod’ sort, is something that delivers entertainment to its readers. The author’s style of narration is very descriptive and I loved that fact as the story practically painted pictures in my mind as I read it. Touch of romance and a dash of humour added special flavor to the story.

All in all, this was a fun read that occupied my mind and a couple of hours. Recommend it to Chic-lit lovers.

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