Book Review: The Story of a Long-Distance Marriage by Siddhesh Inamdar
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.
This book is like Kashmiri Roll- delectable in every bite and simply irresistible!