Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Review: Untruly Yours by Smita Shetty



On the jacket:

To some, Natasha Iyer has it all - Living the life of an affluent NRI, wife of a prominent Psychologist and mother to a cheeky 11 year old. However, behind closed doors, cracks are beginning to appear in her seemingly comfortable relationship with her professionally consumed husband, Rakesh. Although Rakesh seems content with his alpha neatness-fetish-melodramatic wife and bright son; Natasha yearns for romance, passion and excitement. Ironically, the Psychologist husband fails to read between the lines and Natasha is left to her own devices to deal with her unresolved emotions.


An unexpected call from India takes her through a journey of self-discovery with her devastatingly handsome work colleague, Steve. She uncovers in some aspects urban India has changed considerably but equally, deep-rooted social issues still prevail in the so called modern, educated, changing society. A chance encounter with her 'blast from the past' - Veer, adds to the emotional roller coaster ride. Her one-man-woman status of many years has failed to equip her with vital tools to deal with the unanticipated surge of attention from Steve and Veer. As she attempts to master the finer points of courtship, flirtation and seduction; her life spirals out of control. Natasha is compelled to make tough decisions about her love, friendship, marriage and parenthood.

Review:

Smita mailed in a couple of weeks earlier requesting a review. Her name was not new to me as a friend and a fellow blogger had already reviewed her book and spoken highly about it. I immediately gave a nod, would love to review the book.

The story revolves around the protagonist, a Bengali girl and the characters in her life, mainly her Tamilian mother-in-law. It was hilarious, and being in an inter-caste marriage myself, one does get to identify with nuances of such relationships.

The plot revolves around love, friendship, parenthood and marriage, and Natasha is seen at a crossroad where she has to take her own decision. There might not be anything strikingly new about the plot, but the treatment Smita has given to it, makes Untruly Yours an interesting read.

As I always say, I would not get into the nitty-gritty of the story and give spoilers, the summary of the story can be read above. There are some sub-plots which have been handled very nicely and fit in very well with the main plot.

As an author, it would be interesting to see what Smita comes up with next. I am intrigued and waiting ...

Rating: 3.5/5

[Disclaimer: This is an author request reviewThe opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]


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