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.
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.