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 rollercoaster 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.
I am not much of a Indian chick-lit reader. When the author approached me for the review, I thought of giving it a try. I have read few Kinsella’s, some Cabot’s, some Debbie Macomber’s and Kristina Higgins’s books in the genre. And that’s that my relationship with this genre.
Untruly yours is a short book with approximately 150 pages. You can read it in one sitting really.
It’s light and at times funny. It’s fast paced and well written.
The book starts in the present and momentarily goes back in time during Natasha’s college days and then comes back in present. It gives you a feel of switching of times narration but that’s not the case.
I feel the book lacked details due to which I could not establish a relation with the characters. Perhaps its because I prefer details. I think author wanted to keep it short, relaxing and fun book.
Oh, I liked one more thing. The author very very briefly touches on some inherent problems in Indian society like dowry. Although the story does not given in much but it is commendable that the book talks about it and highlights the fact that the problems are still here and that they are still embraced by some educated people in our society.
Untruly Yours is well written packed with some comical moments and makes a good girlish kinda book. Pick it up for your afternoon leisure reads. 🙂