“All I ask of you is to Tread the path I travelled Bear what I have borne Pass through storms That passed through me. Live the lives I’ve lived before you judge me or condemn”.

The first half of the book is a series of satirical comedy with moments so funny that you would want to laugh out loud (at least I did). The writer Amrinder Bajaj, takes us on a roller-coaster journey of the typical Indian family and culture system. The start is slow and more detailed than needed, but the way she has portrayed Amrita’s academic life (the female protagonist), one is bound to fall in love with the intricate details. Amrita’s life seems complete in itself before she gets married.

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The book provided fun, drama and satire all at the same time which is bound to keep readers glued. But, after the protagonist is married off to a stranger by her father, the real gist of the story begins. Amrita’s life takes a turn from bad to worse to ultimately worst. Her husband, whom she calls MS, is nothing short of a nightmare for any married or about to marry woman. Being stuck with this boring, good for nothing husband (who even gets into serious debt which is covered by Amrita), Amrita suffocates and decides to a commit the biggest sin a married Indian woman can commit; an extramarital affair (although any affair by anyone at any place of this world is not justified, but the aim here is to focus on the Indian society).

As she tries to balance all side, she starts losing ground and feels lost and lonely all the time.

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Finally she breaks under all the pressure and decides to take a divorce to live with her new found love but things don’t go well and in the end she is left with her ‘unfathomable-typical-Indian-male-egoistic-type’ of husband and a society that shames her and practically threatens the third lover in the scene, for his life.

Nor her family, nor anyone else understands that what she had become was not something she chose herself but what life and her husband had made out of her. Even her sons despised her after being brainwashed by their father.

In the end Amrita escapes to the Himalayas and returns only when she realizes the true way of staying sane and happy. This book is a real ride as it first gets you on a high waves and then suddenly throws you in a trash can.

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