Wedding is no doubt one of the most important occasions in an individual’s life. It is not only coming together of two individuals but also of two families. In India, the significance of a wedding can be judged from the fact that a number of rituals are performed to realize its sanctity. And, these rituals go on for several days. Relatives from both the sides of groom and bride attend these rituals. The wedding customs though vary across different religions, casts, and regions, etc. However, the enthusiasm and mood behind all the marriages in India is same and this occasion is considered as once in a life time event. While love marriages are gradually accepted by the Indian families, the arranged marriages are still the common ones.
The burden of arranging the marriage for their son or daughter falls on the shoulders of parents. Parents choose and make the arrangements either for a husband for their daughter or a bride for their son. And, mind you, it is not an easy job at all. A number of factors play important roles in choosing a bride or a groom. In addition, the parents make sure that their son or daughter is marrying into a good family. Arrangements for the wedding begin once the groom or the bride is selected. These arrangements include finalising the dates of marriage, selecting the venue for the wedding, sending invitation to all the relatives, shopping, decoration and a number of other things. The book under review is a book, which takes into the sphere of Indian weddings and gets you acquainted with all the shades and nuances of Indian marriages.
The Recession Groom by Vani takes us into the world of Parshuraman Joshi, who is 27 years old IT professional. He is not only earning a high salary but also settled in Canada. All these credentials make Parshuraman Joshi a hot product in the Indian wedding market. Therefore, it is no surprise that his family is inundated with all kinds of marriage proposals for him. However, Parshuraman loses his job when recession hit the global market. And, all the dreams, which he and his family dreamt start to fall apart. So, will this groom be able to find his perfect partner and that also at the time when global economy is slumping down? Well! Read the book if you want to know that.
This is the first novel of Vani and she has done a good job. She has been successful in throwing light on both the strengths and weaknesses of Indian family. All the characters are well sketched and believable. The character of Parshuraman is adorable. However, at the same time, his shyness doesn’t go well with you. The character of Aunt Parvati is also done very well. Her talkative and bossy nature reminded me of one of my aunts, who was also voluble and of a dominant nature. The most lovable character in the book, however, is of the witty and affectionate grandmother. Though she appears in a very few scenes in the book, she leaves a long time impression in your heart. Other characters like Uncle Ravi, Tara and Tia, etc., who pop up off in the story time to time are also portrayed perfectly. These are the characters you generally find in every Indian family and are, therefore, easily to associate with. I feel that the character of Jennifer (one of the central characters in the storyline) could have been developed a bit more.
The language of the book is simple and easy to follow. The storyline keeps you entertained till the end of the book. Dialogues are also done very well. The book has some funny situations too and these situations bring a smile on your face.
On the negative side, you find a lack of emotions in the storyline. While the book has lots of twists and turns, most of these are predictable. In the end, the book becomes a bit dramatic and it seems that you are watching a Bollywood romantic movie. For me, the end could have definitely been better.
At the end, I would say that this book was certainly a good read and an impressive debut by Vani. Grab a copy of the book if you want to know more about marriages in India.