Second Coming – Book Review



Author: Shubha Menon

Paperback:  162 pages

Publisher: Harper Collins India

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9381841616

ISBN-13: 9789381841617

Genre: Short Stories, Romance


About The Book:

A wedding planner who believes in fairytale weddings, Mini yearns for romance in her own marriage. The magic of the initial years has vanished, leaving behind a hunger that she assuages with chocolate. Mini would love to change her situation, but she is over the hill, overweight and under confident. The chances of having a hot affair with a happening man are dim, if not non-existent.
An erstwhile royal scion decides to wed a Bollywood starlet and Mini is sent to Mumbai to plan the celebrations. The manager of the Mumbai office is young Rustom, the answer to Mini’s secret dreams. Goaded by impending menopause, Mini decides it’s now or never. She simply has to take a second stab at romance.
Rustom is a ladies man. He is also married, and a skirt chaser. Mini decides to shape up and get into the kind of skirts Rustom would want to chase.
Working together closely, Rustom and Mini fall into each others’ arms. Meanwhile, her husband gets wind of the affair and tries to reclaim her. Now Mini must choose between heady romance and steady matrimony.
But soon, Mini discovers that her romantic idol has feet of clay. In a dramatic end, the trusty husband stages a timely rescue. And Mini learns that a rock solid husband is worth many a dream lover.


About The Author:

This is her first book. She is currently working as a Senior Creative Director with Ogilvy Delhi. A practising Buddhist, she dreams of living in the hills where she can read, write and grow climbing roses. She lives in Delhi with her husband, daughter and two Dachshunds. 



My Take:

The book was the perfect mix of humour and romance. It’s a light to read and fun to enjoy. It clearly depicts the ups and downs of the loveless marriage. Being the debut novel, the author has done all the justice that should be done to the book. The books takes the  reader on a trip of abundant emotions.

Characters are true to their role. They are real and relatable and not make-believe, each one having his/her own set of flaws. The female protagonist of the story, Mini, shows the desires and the fantasies of the married woman who has lost the zing in her marriage. The book depicts her psychology quite well. She is absolutely adorable even at the age of forty.

The narration does go inconsistent at times but the witty style of writing keeps the reading going. The book goes slow at times but the humour keeps the reader engaged in the book. At times book also offers some deep realization of life which today’s fast paced people have chosen to overlook, that is, the need of love.

My Rating:



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