Author: Anuja Chauhan
Rating: 4/ 5
Anuja Chauhan is everything a chic-lit is known for - vivaciousness, tongue in cheek humor, smart Alec characters, girlie heart aches and makes, all the swooning, flirting, match making, etc, etc you get the gist. You will find stark similarities to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice -
1) five daughters to be married
2) Ms Elizabeth, the second prettiest daughter who doesn't want to settle for the obvious
3) Mr Darcy kind of macho yet sensitive hero, who falls head over heels in love
4) string of misunderstandings and all the family drama
5) match making and relationship drama of other sisters
6) and a wedding in the end
Add to it the Indian context, 80s central Delhi background, limericks and short poems, and you have the lady version of Vikram Seth.
Anuja is definitely one of the most intelligent and sharp writers in India. She is fast paced, sharp, funny and rehashes the clichéd story of Pride and Prejudice in such a brilliant manner that Jane Austen looks ancient in comparison to her.
There were many points in the story where I started laughing out loud, wanting to share the joke with someone immediately. It's so wicked and ticklish that you can't not love the authentic Delhi ka tadka with Delhi university, College akka St Stephens, Modern Barakhamba, Doordarshan oops Desh Darpan, Hailey Road and Connaught palace circle.
Yes she is not what you would call a literary genius or a deep thinker, but she is a sharp writer who can make you laugh your pants off. So do read it and have a good laugh. Here are some:
A Mangalorean lass abd a Rajput Kinght
Eloped one day on an Enfield Bike
There was no celebration
Which is an abomination
Thirty Years later, please help us put that right!
Tu maha xxx
Tu Kahan se aaya re?
Mein wahan se aaya re!
Geetika Govil ke mammay mahaan
Unpe tika hai Hindustan
Young fold mountains, world's most high
I will climb them by and by!
Panties should be red,
Films should be blue,
Mr Gaur should make babies
With Mrs Mattoo