‘There’s Something About You’ by Yashodhara Lal is a pleasant read. As the blurb of the book puts forward, this is not a typical ‘boy-meets-girl’ type of story. Yes, there is romance but there is more than that. The book is neither a melodrama nor a silly college romance. On the other hand, this is a journey of a girl who is trying to make a sense of her life. This book, in a way, also provides a criticism of how our society looks down upon fat women and also on red tape and autocracy in the field of journalism.
The story revolves around an overweight girl of 28 years of age. Trishna Saxena (or Trish) suddenly finds herself out of job. Her parents (a hostile mother and an ailing father suffering with Alzheimer’s disease) are completely dependent on her earnings. With dwindling finances, she tries to find another job but without success. While she finally gets her hands on a freelancing job, this job brings a number of problems. At this moment of her life, Trish meets Sahil. Sahil, a psychic, is a young man (of 35 years of age) whose life has been saved by an angel. Sahil’s entry into Trish’s life brings a number of twists and turns. And, as the story progresses, the plot keeps you engaged. Well! You will have to read the book to know about the rest of the story.
It appears that Yashodhara Lal had a very clear idea of what she wished to achieve in this novel. This work is certainly a tightly structured work. Trish, the main protagonist of this novel, provides the main perspective and point of view in this novel. She is not only seen from the inside, but also placed very carefully in this novel. By contrasting her with other female characters of the novel, Yashodhara tries to provide the readers with a reasonable picture of women in contemporary Indian society. While Trish’s life is arranged around her family, she has been depicted as being critical to her parents. However, at the same time, she feels the need of protecting her parents both financially and emotionally. The author should be complemented for bringing out this character so beautifully. This loveable character will certainly find a place in reader’s heart. The readers will definitely be able to identify with this character. They will even love her flaws. And, more importantly, readers will find Trish’s journey an enjoyable read.
Yashodhara Lal writes well, really well. Her writing brilliantly throws light on the difficulties faced by Trish. Another plus point of the narrative is the creation of comical scenes in the book. These comical scenes have been crafted adroitly and quite often bring a smile on your face. The book scores positive marks on several fronts. However, at the same time, there are certain things which left you unsatisfied. The cover page, for example, could have been better. Likewise, the climax could have been more realistic. Nevertheless, overall, this book gives you a beautiful story of a beautiful girl.