The Whole Shebang by Lalita Iyer

‘In equal parts badass and equal parts poignant. I can’t recommend it enough.’

~Aditi Mittal

So women have problems. We all know that! No, wait. I am not talking about misogyny, patriarchy, gender stereotyping, molestation, female infanticide, etc. These are issues that we have completely normalised and accepted. However, women have various other problems too which come under the regular life phenomena. Lalita Iyer talks about these every day troubles and assures the readers that they are not the only ones going through it.

The best part about this book is it hooks you right from the first page. The various chapters such as the period drama, body image and other tricky things, work life balance, finance management double up as your everyday go-to guide. Whether it is that underwire poking you or that in-law annoying you, trust Iyer to make everything sound funny. Her writing is breezy, fun and casual, all those things make this book a quick and easy-going read.

There were particular sections of the book which I absolutely loved, especially the Food Memory chapter. It was so excellently written that I drowned in the nostalgia and I definitely felt that Iyer can be as powerful a writer if she decides to delve into the non-humour category.

I did find her views on body image issues a tad bit monotonous and repetitive. And her take on sex was quite contrasting to mine and it was extremely difficult for me to connect to it.

Nevertheless, I did enjoy the read and you can take my word for it that Iyer’s sense of humour is on point and The Whole Shebang will not give you a dull moment.


Publisher : Bloomsbury

Pages : 143

Rating : 3.5 / 5

You can buy this book here.

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