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Last Updated Tuesday November 21 2017 06:29 AM IST

Book review: The Recession Groom

Gitanjali Diwakar
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The Recession Groom

Picture this. You are far away from home. Probably in a foreign land. You love your independent workoholic self and are quite content with all that you have. However, you love your family back home and decide to visit them after a long time.

Just as you begin to cherish the aroma of the familiar surroundings, you are bombarded with questions of 'settling down.' Soon, the whole family,even those living across the Atlantic choose to add to the confusion. In the meanwhile, your heart plays a game of its own. You lose your job as well and are left with several unconventional alternatives to make ends meet. What would you do?

If you are feeling stressed out by now, you are likely to have understood the essence of Parshuraman Joshi's life. Penned by Vani, a former journalist, the book 'Recession Groom' throws light upon how a hardworking IT professional, Parshuraman Joshi. Joshi who wanted to settle down in Canada is faced with a plethora of problems when he realises that his company, a reputed IT firm, throws him the sack. He is asked him to leave the company only days before he ties the knot with Tara, the daughter of a rich businessman. So, how does Parshuraman Joshi walk the tightrope?

The book begins rather 'slow' but the plot picks up pace. It could be termed as the perfect blend of Indian-American or even Indo-Candian story telling. Vani's book has all the essential elements of the Indian drama – a protective yet considerate elder sister, a rather snooty yet affectionate aunt, a wise grandmother and of course, the ladies in-love.

Then again, the book also depicts the many trips that the protagonist makes across the world to resolve the issues in his life. You are, thus, likely to lose your way in the bargain.

All in all, it is a story that most of us can relate to. Vani's simple yet effective style of writing does keep the readers gripped until the very end – a most unusual end indeed. This book is definitely worth a read or two!

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