Passion vs. Societal Pressures (Book Review - Shilpa Suraj's Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters)

Title: Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters
Author: Shilpa Suraj
Genre: Romance

My Review

Alisha is an independent, successful female, who is also a divorcee. Even though she has made a good life for herself and has a supportive family, the 'society' doesn't let her be. A true representation of how things truly are in our society.

One of the aspects of this book that I really liked is how it's not a 'boy meets girl, they are attracted, have some minor problems, and then they live happily ever after story'. Actually, as I was writing the last sentence, I realised that it can be described as just that. But there's more.
We get to see Alisha interacting with others. The 'society' thing I mentioned before - well, that's how it comes through.

Enter the two main guys - Arjun and Vivaan. One is good for her, practically speaking. The other is just good for her in every which way, except when considered practically. And obviously, the societal pressures, etc. come in.

The strength of Love, Disasters, and Other Disasters is in the little moments among its characters that stay with the readers.
It is not your typical love story. There is a lot more depth to it. 

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She believes in love, family and…squiggles!

Alisha Rana is not your typical single desi girl. For one, she is on the wrong side of 30.  For another, she is divorced. And last but definitely not least, she is still, gasp, a virgin!

Alisha doesn’t want much. But what she does want is that elusive thing all women search for – A man who gets her…but a man who gets her hot! She calls it “feeling the squiggle.”

Enter Dr. Vivaan Kapoor, cute, hot, squiggle-worthy. The younger brother of her cousin's prospective groom, he’s got the squiggle factor in spades. The only catch? He's never been married and is years younger than Alisha. Basically, completely off-limits.

And then there is Arjun. Widowed, older than her by the right number of years and a genuinely nice guy. He's Vivaan’s cousin and a so-called perfect match for Alisha. The problem is, Alisha’s squiggle-o-meter refuses to budge for him.

What will Alisha choose? A lifetime together with the 'right' man or a chance at happiness with the 'wrong' one?

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About the author, Shilpa Suraj:

Shilpa Suraj wears many hats - corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.
An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.

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