Book Title: Wedding Pickle
Author: Neha Sharma
Total Number of Pages: 270
Publisher: Grapevine India
Publication Date: 10 Jan 2018
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary Romance
Avni is an independent, fun loving girl who loves the idea of being in love and having a happy ever after, only she knows this idea is too good to be true in this world, true love is nothing but a farce. Embroiled in her fears, doubts and her haunting past, does she get past her reluctance toward marriage? Does she find someone she can have a happy ever after with? Or does she actually prove her own point that true love is nothing but a farce in today’s world.
REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY
Wedding Pickle by Neha Sharma is a pickled wedding of course, if that makes any sense. From the preparation to the final pickle, the author has covered the whole arranged marriage scene of an Indian family. From your mother bringing up the topic of marriage everyday and saying that you’re running out of the “perfect age” to marry to finally getting married to the groom of your family’s choice, ‘Wedding Pickle’ would resonate with almost every Indian. No matter how modern we claim to be, we will find ourselves doing one or the other thing from the book, not that it’s something bad.
The book is written from the female protagonist, Avni’s point of view. A third person narrative, but written from Avni’s perspective. She is an independent and hardworking woman who loves her job and secretly wishes for an happily ever after, the whole falling in love scenerio but is afraid to trust another man after her first relationship went downhill when her ex cheated on her.
Avni’s mother like any other Indian mother is hell bent on getting her married. Avni reluctantly agrees to meet the “prospective groom”. Ansh, the male protagonist is a nice person and he has a job set in Norway. He didn’t take their match for granted and was okay that Avni still wasn’t ready to take the final step of marrying him. They get to know each other and Avni gradually sees that it isn’t a bad experience at all. As the thought of spending the rest of her life with Ansh finally seeps in, she panicks because she isn’t in love with him.
Until now, Avni made her own life choices, there wasn’t anyone who would stand between her and her independence, but over the course of time, both Avni and Ansh learns to make compromises to accommodate each other’s wishes.
Though the story was somewhat predictable, I believe that the whole prepping up for marriage is very much relatable. While I can’t really think of myself in Avni’s position, I have nothing against an arrange marriage, not when you do fall in love with other. Yes, the idea might seem old-fashioned, but in the narrative I could also see that many changes have been adapted in arrange marriages. Like, I remember my grandmother telling me how she didn’t even get a chance to see my grandfather but then again she chose to stick by his side. Here, Avni and Ansh gets to know each other first and Avni still has the final say. Also, when Ansh learns that Avni had a bad experience with her ex, instead of painting her in a bad light (which actually happens when a guy learns that the girl has dated and had a boyfriend earlier, even in these days), he helps her to move on from her past.
The plotline isn’t exactly original but it is relatable. Since, I don’t read much books which deals with marriages and the household concept, it was good to come across Wedding Pickle.
I really liked the writing style of the author. She has really captured a woman’s thoughts and the way her mind works when there’s the talk of marriage in her house. She also expressed Avni’s feelings in details and that is what made her character the most relatable one. The narration was also good. It was hard not to turn the pages. Throughout my time reading this book, I was always looking forward to what would happen next. Yes, some parts were predictable but still I wanted to see if my thoughts coincided with that of the author’s. The language is kept simple but if I talk of the overall presentation, the language really did bring out the storyline. I also liked the cover of the book; it’s simple, yet reflects the life of Avni on the cover page.
There were some missing words in some paragraphs, but they can be easily edited. The conversations between Avni and Ansh at times felt a bit emotionless to me. I understand that Avni was an introvert, even I am one, but the dialogues came off as less awkward and leaned more towards being emotionless. I wanted to see her expressions, I wanted to know what she was thinking when she delivered her dialogues. Another thing would be that some of the scenes felt a bit abrupt to me. The scene gaps could have been filled with some internal monologue of the characters to make the flow between the scenes smooth. I wanted to see more of Avni’s work life. Except for these points, I did like the story.
Even though the plotline is a bit predictable, I would say that readers would find the characters to be relatable.
This is not one of those boy meets girl story. It presents the idea of arranged marriage in a whole new light.
Book Cover: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book Title: ⭐⭐⭐.8
Writing Style: ⭐⭐⭐.8
Language and Vocabulary: ⭐⭐⭐.5
Grammar and Punctuation: ⭐⭐⭐.5
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING: ⭐⭐⭐/ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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