Published on : 9th August, 2016
Publisher : Bloomsbury India
Pages : 164
Source : Review copy received from Bloomsbury
Format : Paperback
Rating : 4 / 5
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Synopsis : Misha is a make up artist who, after a series of mishaps and twists and turns, falls madly in love with Akshay who reciprocates her love with ardour. The only hitch in this perfect romance is her prospective sister-in-law who thinks Misha is everything a Bahu shouldn’t be: garrulous, geeky, gawky, gainfully employed (especially the last bit). The questions is will Misha win Didi (and the Kha-Pee Panchayat) over with her Stepford Wife Act? Will she continue to be the poster child for the inherent evils of the Bahu Brigade? Or will she learn to ‘lau’ herself before the whole world and its wife can do the same?
My view : I am not a digger for romantic comedy. The last rom com I read was Bridget Jones’ Diary during my school days. So when I took up Glitter and Gloss I was a little apprehensive. However, Vibha Batra just reminded me what fun romantic comedies can be. Her book kept me hooked and made me LOL throughout the reading tenure.
Misha is everything that I am not, fun-loving, make-up expert and an ability to goof up every situation she is in. Yet somewhere down the line I could connect to her enormously huge heart. Her love and care for the people around her, her innocence will make you feel empathetic to her many clumsy mishaps. Having quite a few failed relationships in the past, her story is similar in many ways to the young working women living in metropolitan cities. Misha’s partners in crime and folly are Poulomi, her best friend and Sammy, her house husband (oops: Roommate). The strength of their friendship is something we either have or desperately want.
Meet Akshay, an extremely attractive owner of Agarwal Jewellers, who Misha falls in love with. Akshay’s compassion and affection for Misha is heartfelt and sincere. In spite of all her quirkiness, his love for her never falters. He supports all her convictions and decisions and goes out of his way to make her feel comfortable.
However, we know this too well that everything cannot go right in life all the time. Didi (Akshay’s elder sister) creates havoc in Misha’s life. The standards set by her for the Agarwal daughter-in-law becomes a little too much for poor Misha’s liking. From unnecessary almost regular fasting to being decked up in Agarwal jewellery in every occasion, Didi’s demands strain Misha’s energy out and leaves her no time to concentrate in her work. Even after Misha’s dedicated efforts, Didi does not seem to be pleased with her sister-in-law.
There are many things I loved about the book starting from the multiple references to The Big Bang Theory. Mish and Poul’s BFF talks was something I enjoyed a lot as it reminded me of my bestie (whom I immediately called up after finishing the book). Sammy and Misha’s unusual living arrangement was a fresh take on the rigidness and stereotypes of the society we live in. Misha’s quick remarks on most things around her are funny. The most important thing about the book that helped me learn a lot was the make-up itinerary. Misha’s passion is to make people look beautiful and she has intense knowledge of all make-up items of M.A.C.
In spite of being cheesy, Vibha Batra’s book is extremely amusing. Her writing style is enjoyable and relatable. The mix of comical hindi idioms with her unique dialogues makes the read all the more delightful. Characterized by a lot of drama, funny quips and refreshing romance, Glitter and Gloss is a must read for all romantic comedy fans.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vibha Batra is a copywriter by profession and a popular fiction writer too. Her literary pursuits took off when she translated her grandfather Late Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri’s book on the Ishaavaasya Upanishad. Among her recent titles are Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!) and Seventeen And Done (You Bet!), published by Penguin, Tongue in Cheek, a collection of poetry and A Twist of Lime and Family Crossword, collection of short stories.
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