Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Great Indian Wedding Conspiracy by Sreeju Sudhakaran



Book Name         - The Great Indian Wedding Conspiracy

Author                  - Sreeju Sudhakaran

Publisher              -  Leadstart Publishing

Number of Pages - 351 Pages

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 4.0

Blurb


The Puyickal family, a reputed Mallu clan based in Mumbai, is going through a huge crisis. 

One of their younger scions, Neeraja wants to marry her Punjabi boyfriend. 

Her father wants to hear none of it. 

Her aunts would rather die than allow it. 

Her uncles don’t care a damn about it. 

And her poor cousin's idyllic existence is screwed by it… 

Arjun never wanted to have anything to do with his distant and more successful cousin; Neeraja. However, her decision to marry a non-Mallu, an unheard-of scandal in her family, changes his life forever. Forced to take part in the family ‘discussions’ by his mother, he tries to devise ways to get out of this mess, when he finds out Neeraja’s beau’s sister is his college crush. Desiring to win her back, he realizes it can only happen if Neeraja gets married to her boyfriend. With no option left, he forms an uneasy alliance with his hateful cousin, as they work in tandem to emotionally manipulate the elders into making this marriage happen… until one day, a dark secret gets revealed that threatens to unravel all their efforts…

My Review


A Mallu- Punju love story reminded me of 2 states, when I read the one liner but it is nowhere similar to 2 states. There are no filmy sequences, 'no love you', 'you are my life chants', yet conveys the pure emotion of love and affection. The story is about how the protagonist, Arjun is dragged into the family drama. His initial reluctance and lack of interest gives way to active involvement in binding the two love birds in a knot. His college time fling/ crush is the prospected groom's sister. While the scenario unfolds, it took me to some movie or book with quite similar story line but I could not recollect which one. There are a lot of drama and twists in the story. There has not been a lot of books which portrays the Malayali lives. Being a Malayali myself I was able to relate with it easily.  But he sarcasm was a little over the top sometime. Not all mallu's are selfish, narrow-minded and opportunists. The highlight of the book is the narration. The first person narrative of Arjun is quirky, snappy, and will glue the reader to the book.

The twist in the end lacked conviction. I have always wondered why the authors make it a point that there is atleast a single scene of love making in the story like taking a tablet. Well' I wouldn't count it as a negative but again without that part also the story would be interesting and the intentions of the female protagonist could have appeared purer.

If you are tired of the daily dose of puppy love stories, if you love drama, if you love twists, twists and more twists, you will love this book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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