Friday, September 23, 2016

Creme Brulee: A novel by Ramona Sen




Book Name         - Creme Brulee: A Novel
Author                  - Ramona Sen
Publisher              - Rupa Publications
Number of Pages - 246
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  -Paperback
Price                     - 295
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Rating : 4.0

Blurb
A quintessential Bengali anglophile, Aabir Mookerjee, is back from Oxford and can often be spotted basking in the comfort of colonial clubs or pottering around his restaurant, E&B, whose chocolate mousse has been garnering all the attention. 
Troubles begin when The Mad Hatter opens across town and its attractive young proprietress shows a knack for concocting sweetmeats. Meanwhile, Aabir’s mother and the family priest unite to find him a ‘suitable’ bride. His monosyllabic sister won’t help and his incorrigible friend is too much the flagrant Lothario to be depended upon. Soon, the easily disoriented Aabir finds himself swamped by more ladies than he can handle. 
Perhaps the only person who can bring things to a head is his dead grandmother, who watches over the family with an eagle eye from her unearthly abode on the coconut tree. 
Hugely engaging, with bountiful laughter, read along to know how Aabir fares, even as he inches closer to the best dessert he can get his hands on and a romance he hadn’t bargained for. 
Psst: The reader runs the risk of unappeasable hunger pangs, which is not to be held against this lip-smackingly tasty book.



My Review

After completing the book a soft breeze waved in my mind. There is no other way I could explain the feel of the book. Unique, fresh, interesting and innovative. The book hooks the readers from beginning till the end. The Bengali background adds spice and sweetness to the book.
The exuberance of the characters add icing to the cake. The narration is exemplarily hilarious. The blurb says it right. I had hunger pangs. Keep the book away from pregnant women because you won't be able to handle their cravings.
Reviewed for the publisher
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.

About the author


Ramona Sen is working for t2, The Telegraph, in Kolkata, where she regularly writes about food, books and fitness, for she is largely preoccupied with food, books and fitness, in that order. She grew up within the venerable walls of Loreto House, where she learnt reading and writing, but couldn’t quite wrap her head around ‘[a]rithmetic’. Nothing, in her opinion, can trump a Wodehouse or a well-baked chocolate pie. This is her first novel and she’ll reply to mails on ramonasen15@gmail.com, when she’s not eating on the job.