Title: Matrimonial Mocktail
Author: Hetal Adesara
Publisher: OM BOOKS INTERNATIONAL
How long it took me to read: 8 Hours
About: All Rhea had ever wanted was the perfect Mills and Boon romance but considering the world she lived in, it was probably too much to ask. She was raised in a traditional and conservative Sikh family in Jalandhar, where it was unfathomable for a girl to be unmarried at 25, let alone 33. But here she was, a single, independent girl, still in search of Mr. Right.
Her search had begun at a very early age but not of her own accord. At 15, she was engaged to a 23-year-old boy, but that story didn’t go as her parents had planned. Her first step into the arena called love began on the wrong footing in this way and little did she know, the jinx would haunt her for a long, long time. In her pursuit of the right man, there would be many wrong ones, making the better part of her early young life revolve around finding her ‘other half ‘.
Between a domineering mother, a hapless but supportive father and the legion of boys who go in and out of her life, Rhea tries her best to make sense of her chaotic world
My Thoughts: Firstly, easy flawless flow of the book will keep you hooked to it. Next, Rhea is a the girl next door in the city who has her aspirations and dreams -along with expectations from men who turn out loosers, men who say they love you but are afraid of commitment or worse – charming at first but egoistic, disturbed & destructive on the inside. She falls for the wrong kinds all the time over a spam of 18 years (which is crazy long!). She loves her family hence can’t ignore their pleas to meet next guys and then the next and then the next! (Also there are younger sisters to consider- phew!) But that’s not how anyone has ever met the perfect one. In all, this book is highly interesting as you read the story ahead and start relating to feeling of the main character.
My Favourite parts in the book: I love how she stands as a strong individual. Also, love how her friends are there through thick and thin. And I also love how she gives herself some space to recover from the feelings like any normal human would do. The author really has done fantastic job in developing each character and every chapter in Rhea’s life . Not a tiniest detail went missing!
Going to stay on my Bookshelf? Yes & highly recommended for anyone who is 25+ and wishes to follow their heart instead of falling into the compulsive compromises of matrimonial !@#$%^ in Indian society.