Title: Just Married, Please Excuse
Author: Yashodhara Lal
About the story: When a young, just-out-of-college, Yashodhara receives a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Vijay, she has her apprehensions about committing to the dreaded M word. For one, she is just 20-something and she believes that she has her whole life to explore and to have fun. Also because they don’t see eye to eye on most decisions and have vastly differing opinions on all things under the earth.
While Yashodhara is a modern, city-bred girl, Vijay is a laidback guy and, being brought up in a traditional and orthodox family, he has a slightly rustic outlook in life. After a particular incident, Yashodhara finally agrees to marry Vijay. And what follows after that is hilarious pandemonium and extremely funny situations that the young couple often find themselves in.
With the birth of their daughter, Peanut, the disparity between Yashodhara and Vijay escalates, primarily because they have different opinions on raising their child. Will they finally make their peace with each other or will they accept that they are not meant for each other and find their peace in going separate ways?
Read the quirky and hilarious journey of Yashodhara and Vijay through marriage and parenthood.
My Review: This book has been languishing idly for a long time on my book shelf. I had bought it when the book was released but never got around to reading it.
I picked it up finally a few weeks back and I have to say that it’s one hilarious, laugh-out-loud-kind of book that can reward you with weird stares from strangers around you, especially if you are reading it during your ride to office in a bus or a metro. That’s what happened to me!
The definite drawback of this debut book by Yashodhara Lal, I’d say, is that it doesn’t have much of a storyline or plot. The saving grace is the humorous narrative by the author which manages to capture and enthrall the reader despite its shortfall. The story is autobiographical and most of the young couple who are just married or have recently become parents will be able to relate to the incidents in the book.
What I particularly liked is the author has managed to make most of the characters in the book interesting and amusing and I personally loved the character of Kajal, the house-help who manages to barge into the room every time Vijay has his pants down.
Don’t read expecting a great storyline but if you are in a mood for some light-reading and chuckles, then, this is the book for you.
Verdict: A light, breezy and hilarious book that will have you chuckling with its quirky characters and rib-tickling situations.