Book Title: A Few Last Laughs
Author: R.S. Ramanujam
Format : Kindle eBook
Total Number of Pages: 68
Publication Date: 25th January 2017
Marriages are made in heaven, and arranged down here in some parts of the blue ball, The Earth, the place we call home.
What do you do when people with bloated egos and gossip-mongering tendencies derail a prospective wedding?
Get bogged down or worked up, take it out on the adversaries or Lament?
Or, do you simply slay your inner demons and adversaries and seize the chance to triumph over them all like Smitha and Anand?
“Dear life, try to steal our laughter and joy. But beware, we will always have the last laugh” – so they say.
How, you ask?
Let’s Ask Smitha and Anand, shall we?
REVIEW BY SOHINEE DEY
In “A Few Last Laughs” the author has captured the pre-formalities that goes into ensuring that the bride and groom are a perfect match. In an Indian marriage, the prior dealings to a marriage are given more importance than the actual marriage. Though things have changed now, but still, there are families who follow the age old rules.
From checking for compatibility to hiring a detective to spy on the girl’s family to enquiring the local people about the family’s character, Anand’s father and his uncle doesn’t leave any stone unturned on checking and re-checking on the girl’s family.
After so many failed attempts at finding the perfect match, the rejections didn’t go well down with Anand’s father. For every rejection they would face during their personal visits to the girls’ families, he would blame it on Anand for not being able to present himself satisfactorily. Reasons being him not shaving properly, him not asking the right questions, being born with bad luck. And for rejecting the girl’s family, they had almost run out of their lame excuses. To his father, his own reputation is more important than Anand’s feelings. He never misses a chance to present himself as the ‘boy’s father’. At times, Anand muses whether his father is finding a girl for himself or for his son.
Fed up with his own life and the fact that his father always blames him for his own bloated ego, Anand protests whenever he gets a chance to but he gets shut down everytime he raises his voice. Born in a Tamil family, Anand is well accustomed to his father’s outlandish attitude but well, every person has a breaking point.
During one such personal visit to a girl’s family, his father and uncle stops by a local tea shop to enquire about the family’s behaviour. Brainwashed by a strange old man occupying a bench at the tea stall, standing right opposite to Smitha’s house (the family they were visiting) they decide not to visit the family because apparently, the girl’s family is too loud, brash and laughs heartily. Anand does protest but his father had already turned his deaf ear to his pleas.
Feeling guilty over the whole act, Anand decide to apologize to Smitha over e-mail. Over this exchanging of e-mails, these two form a bond of friendship. The rest of the story explores the difficulties they face and how ultimately they end up together.
“A Few Last Laughs” was a very short read which I finished within half an hour. I loved the narration and the language. The dialogues were witty and funny at times. I would have loved to see how Anand’s father reacted to his marriage to Smitha but unfortunately, it wasn’t included in the book.
MY FINAL VERDICT
Overall, I really liked the presentation. The sentences were structured really well. I loved the character of Smitha the most.
I would recommend this book to people who are looking for a short read.
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING: ⭐⭐⭐.8 / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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