Done With Men – A Review

Yesterday I got a book to read from an upcoming author,Suchi Singh Kalra. It was called ‘Done With Men’. We all have a point in life when we scream to ourselves that we can do without men ,but like it or not, our lives become inexorably intertwined with MEN.

This book is a cute tale of a girl, Kairavi, who has a string of relationships that have gone awry and is quite tired of men. She can’t fathom how her best friend, Vaani, can have a relationship for years with a man, who according to her is markedly tiresome and vapid than her friend.

To cheer up Kairavi, Vaani hatches a plan,that takes the two girls to Goa on a business cum pleasure trip. Here a weird tryst of fate leads Kairavi to the hospital where she encounters the handsome young Dr. Vivian D’ Mello. Initially she is peeved by his attitude, nevertheless she cant shake the unmistakable attraction she has for him.

The Book

I am not too much of a fan of romantic novels but Suchi Singh Kalra had me glued to the book. The narrative is easy, eloquent and lucid and the story is knit up delightfully. The allusions and imagery are such that you can almost see the story unfold before your eyes. The numerous faux pas of the protagonist makes ‘Done With Men’, an entertaining book and a laugh riot to the end.

The ‘thought bubble’ that constantly interrupts the protagonist’s romantic reverie  quite cleverly brings out her persona and her dilemma about keeping to her new life mantra of ‘Done With Men’.

Suchi Singh Kalra also paints a vivid picture of today’s youth in India. The immaturity in which they see life in general, their constricted worldview on what is fun and what is boring, their tiresome , puerile party world and their flippant and frivolous actions. Nonetheless the gusto with which they face life is quite endearing. They are no more the ‘one boyfriend or girlfriend’ kinds or afraid to explore their own sensuality.

Though the book veers dangerously towards becoming slapstick because of the main character’s penchant for imprudence, leading to some very sticky situations.  Yet it more than makes it up with its lively characters and how they maneuver themselves right until the end.

 

Done With Men by Shuchi Singh Kalra

 

The Blurb
 
Travel journo, Kairavi Krishna (Kay) has had it with men. After a series of disasters (losers, philanderers, leeches, mama’s boys and possessive psychos), she is all too tempted to walk out on the prospect of ever finding love. Accompanied by her best friend and flat-mate Baani, she sets off for Goa, hoping to get away from her miserable love life and vowing to stay clear of the male species. 
 
Goa however, has a host of surprises in store for her. Ricky, her pesky ex-boyfriend, is busy painting the town red with his hot new girlfriend. Now what is poor Kay to do other than overdose on vodka, smoke pot, get an outrageous tattoo and fall off the hotel balcony? She wakes up in the hospital to the tender ministrations of Dr.Vivian D’Mello–young, suave and handsome as hell. Will Kay stick to her guns or will she fall for his ridiculously sexy charms? And what’s up with the mixed signals he’s giving out?
 
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Meet the author
 
 
The Author’s Thoughts
 
Shuchi Singh Kalra is a writer, editor and blogger based in India. She has been writing since 2005, and has freelanced with popular magazines such as Femina.in, Good Housekeeping, Home Review, Parent & Child, Vista, Investors India, Dogs & Pups, Women’s Era and Time ‘N’ Style among many others. her short stories have found a place in anthologies such as Love Across Borders and New Asian Writing’s upcoming collection (to be published in 2014).
 
Shuchi is also the owner of Pixie Dust Writing Studio, a writing and editing firm that services a global clientele, and the Indian Freelance Writers Blog. She currently lives a nomadic life with a fauji husband and a livewire toddler. 
 
Done With Men is her first book.
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