Book Review: The Story of a Long-Distance Marriage by Siddhesh Inamdar

Introduction




ISBN 978-93-5277-589-7

Genre: Fiction

Publishers: Harper Collins

Price: Rs. 199/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Behind the Book


Rohan and Ira's life takes an unexpected turn when Ira decides to leave for New York to study. They've been married for only fifteen months, but this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and Rohan is not going to come between his wife and her dream. So, sad but supportive, he stays back in Delhi, where he is on the brink of a promotion at a national daily. After all, his relationship with Ira is strong enough to survive the distance. Rohan prepares for a year without Ira, getting by with a little help from his friends: Yusuf, his on-call confidant who lives in Bangalore; Alisha, a colleague he likes catching up with over tea; and Tanuj, his new role model at work. Life without Ira is going surprisingly well. Until the day, that is, she reveals the real reason she left.


About the Author


Siddhesh Inamdar is a writer and editor. He studied English Literature at St Xavier's College, Mumbai, and Delhi University, and journalism at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. He worked with The Hindu, DNA and Hindustan Times and is now in publishing. He lives in Delhi with his wife, daughter and cats.



With a quirky title, a mysterious blurb and a perfectly oh-so-cute cover, this book was a surprise for me. Surprise because after reading the title I categorized into a category, the blurb made me change my thoughts but the book turned out to be something entirely different from my assumptions and I was pleasantly surprised.

Written with utmost honesty, this book speaks to you at so many levels and makes you think. Marriages and relationships somehow always seem to look very complex. But if observed closely, they are not. We are, and we tend to make them complex. We never try to understand the core reasons and reach the crux of the whole matter. Rather than a solution oriented approach, we enter into a blame game trying to outdo the other and prove ourselves right, or perhaps superior. That is where we lose everything, the person, relationship and a part of us to never get it back again. The book captures the fragility of relationships so well, that I was left awestruck at a lot of places in the story. It is raw , tender and at the same time, intense.

The language is beautifully poignant and at many places makes you self-introspect about a lot of things. I loved the simplicity of this book and yet how immensely powerful the narrative is. Some lines are simply soul-stirring, sample this-
"P.S: We will always have each other to come back to. "
What a beautiful thing to say to a loved one. It sums up almost everything we struggle to express in words. Reading this moving story of a long distance marriage I was left wondering how communication is such an ignored aspect in relationships. Attraction might get old, but being able to talk your heart out to someone is rare.

A heartwarming read, this book's climax left me with a mysterious smile. Strongly recommended to all people, whether in a relationship or not. This one makes you understand the delicacy of relationships exceptionally well.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Kashmiri Roll- delectable in every bite and simply irresistible!

Source: Vizagfood

Comments

  1. The real reason she left! This sounds intriguing. Would like to read this. Lovely review.

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    1. Exactly what caught my attention in the blurb when I said yes to review and trust me, I am sure you will love it. It is poignant and deep, one that stays with you for long because of nothing else but the story. The characters could have easily been you or me or anyone we know, it is the story which is also equally relatable. Especially in a time when we have began to take relationships so much for granted. This one is a must read.

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  2. Thank you for the review and all the good things you say about the book. I am glad you liked it :)

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! I truly appreciate it :)

      And yes, I loved the book. It is rare to find a book (at least in Indian writing) which is so sorted and mature not only in terms of writing but also the story, the theme and its treatment. Hats off to you for writing this book!

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