Now don’t moan or groan,’Oh no not again!’ This is the last review of the month.
Having read an earlier book, ‘The Temple is not my father’ by the same author, Rasana Atreya, I was intrigued when I heard the next book was ‘28 years a bachelor’ (I loved the title)
The opening of the book with a brief synopsis reminds one of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice where, she talks about universally accepted truth!
Madhav , the well educated South Indian male and 28 years old is the said bachelor, from the title. Though he loves his parents, his heart pulls him towards his paternal grandparents, tataiyya and nainamma living peacefully in a village ancestral home.
Then there is Jaya, Madhav’s younger sister, Syamala the long haired dusky beauty who is Madhav’s sweetheart , Devika, Murthy garu and others who complete the story.
Madhav proves he is not a spineless, city-bred boy, when he stands by his widowed sister or when he follows his heart to marry the girl of his choice, rejecting any dowry, even if it meant making his parents unhappy.
The lovely village environment, the ‘wacky’ tataiyya and ‘caustic’ nainamma (referred so by the author herself) are a treat to read. I found myself loving tataiyya the most.
With decent doses of Telugu sprinkled throughout, the story had a native touch. (Telugu being my mother tongue, I enjoyed reading it)
The subtle humour made me smile at places.
Some of the characters are relatable, like say Madhav’s mother, who couldn’t forgive her son, even after many years, for having rejected her suggestion to marry a rich girl with a huge dowry.(Relatable in the sense, i have seen people like her, not that i am like her!)
What I like:
As I read the earlier book by the author, I had a feeling that the story would surely tackle one social issue or the other. Here, the issues turn out to be, child marriages, early widowhood and dowry along with dusky girl misconception.
I loved the character of Madhav and I only wish there were more men like him!
1. I loved the cover illustration,so Manoj Vijayan needs a special mention.
2. It is a bit lengthy than the previous one of ‘The Temple is not my father’, my rating in Amazon-4/5.
3. I know it is raining reviews in my blog. Just that after a month of typing the novel(read NanoWrimo), I decided to take time off and read books. So I have given reviews back to back. I read this one on November 30th but had taken my sweet time to review it. If it is more late, no use reviewing at all. Will be back on Wednesday with QB cartoon of the week. Till then have fun friends.