‘hey Dad! meet my Mom’, a novel with an unconventional title, is without a doubt an admirable first attempt by Sandeep Sharma and Leepi Agrawal. The title of this book will not only stick in the minds of prospective readers, but will also force them to read the book. Title of any book is the first piece of information and plays a very important role in the success of the book. And, therefore, the authors should be congratulated for coming out with such a catchy title. However, at the same time, we should also keep in mind that the success of a book does not completely depend on the title alone. While a good title will certainly attract the readers, it is the content that really matters. So, does this book justify its title or turn out to be a mere ‘eye-wash’? Let’s analyze.
The story revolves around Puneet Srivastva, who is working as a manager in a bank. He is living a happy life with his mother. Out of the blue, Puneet starts seeing a small boy holding a lollypop in his hands and, astonishingly, calling him his dad. Puneet gets both confused and shocked as he is unmarried. Additionally, this little boy is visible to Puneet only. While this boy proclaims himself as Puneet’s future son, this boy also forces Puneet to dig his buried past. Who is this little boy exactly? Why is he dragging Puneet along with him? And what does he really want from Puneet…forms the rest of the story.
The book, with an unusual plot, successfully keeps the attention of the readers. The book maintains a good pace and you, as a reader, do not lose interest at any point of time because the unfolding drama keeps you hooked. The writing is simple and some of the emotional scenes have been dealt really well. The book certainly has its moments. A well-planned twist and inclusion of poetic verses in the book add a certain charm to the main storyline. Some of the poetic verses are written really well and touch your heart. The characters of the book do not disappoint you. The chemistry between Puneet and his so-called ‘future son’ has also been done well.
However, you feel a bit unsatisfied after finishing the book. For me, a number of things seem to have been rushed or not properly developed. This is especially true for the second half where the storyline moves very fast. A few more pages in this second half could have been included to develop this part in a much better manner. Likewise, more attention could have been given to the dialogues. To be frank, some of the dialogues in the book do not make any sense. Many things at the end remain unexplained. Overall, it seems that a potential plot was not fully exploited by the authors. The authors, unquestionably, are talented ones and I do hope that their talents will give us memorable works in future.