Keep the Change

Keep the Change

By Nirupama Subramanian

This is a book by one of the new authors in India. It happened to come to my notice in a library. I don’t know whether it was the catchy title or the cool cover which attracted me, anyways I picked it up. It turned out to be a beautiful book. The story begins with the simple life of Damayanthi in chennai. Her name indicates she comes from a traditional family. She has always been excellent in studies and is working as an accountant in a small firm. There is a satirical element in the way she recieves the marriage proposals. To top it further inspite of academically excellent she is considered a loser compared to those who got married even though they were not as good as her in studies.

The story takes an interesting turn when Damayanthi decides to take charge of her life and joins a high salary bank job in Mumbai. Her enthusiasm is completely reflected in the way she updates her resume and prepares for her interview by consulting her friend who as an IIM alumni. Her interview is another beautiful incident wherin she speaks about Lara Croft when asked about her most admirable fictional character. She gets the job and comes to Mumbai. An average reader would think this is the end but the challenge begins here. She is faced by the challenges in corporate world from preparing an impressive
presentation to attending seminar in addition to staying alone in Mumbai. She also gets a good friend Jimmy to help her out in these corporate problems. The way she finds her way to office in Mumbai reminded me of my first day in Mumbai. The problems with her size zero stylish high society roommate add another angle to the story. What lies next is an interesting story where Damayanthi learns the ropes of the corporate world.

Nirupama has very nicely placed the comments in Damayanthi’s mind as the voice of her inner self. In many instances it reflects most of our thoughts. There is a fine balance of satire and comedy with proper spice of romance and infatuation. This is an interesting story for most of the girls planning to enter into the corporate world. It is a light read for all those who travel and go to book as a refuge after a long days work. This book also reflects the outlook of the young women of modern India.

anything for you, ma’am

anything for you, ma’am

By Tushar Raheja

A long weekend, cold winter nights and short days, these are the perfect ingredients for a laidback weekend with books. Also one is in a festive mood since it is MakarSankrath or Uttarayan. Hence this week I read “anything for you, ma’am’. This is an out-an-out comic book with all the elements of a masala movie. The story revolves around Tejas Narula, a clever guy and an engineering student from IIT, Delhi (Northern part of India). He falls in love with a girl called Shreya who stays in Chennai (Southern part of India). As in a typical love story, Shreya’s father comes to know about their affair and is against it. As a result they are unable to meet even once a year. Also Shreya is unable to make her yearly trip to Delhi because of a wedding of her cousin. At this point Tejas creates an entire plan to meet Shreya during the Industrial visit of his college.

The plan requires the approval of Professor P.P.Sidhu and Tejas doesn’t take is subject seriously. To add to his woes he unknowingly gets involved in a mischief played by students on Sidhu. Now his struggle is not only to meet Shreya but to complete his engineering project so as to win the heart of his professor. Thus follows a series of events where Tejas gets screwed and then comes out because of his quick thinking. He is helped by his friends Bajrang, Pritish, Rishabh and his siblings.

The author successfully creates a colourful description of the various seasons in Delhi and their effect on the lives of the people. His close association with his cousins give a sneak preview of how we Indians remain close to our relatives inspite of being in nuclear families. His chance meeting with Rajit, an x-IITian reveals the brotherhood which IITians share with each other. Also the parties in hoster campus takes one back to his/her college days. The comraderie of his friends makes one nostalgic as it brings back the memories of school and college friends.Last but not the least the elaborate description of his long distance affair with Shreya, which consists of late night phone calls, emails, etc is the most beautiful part of the story. The best part is everytime Tejas gets into a problem he doesn’t give up and finds a way to come out of it. His optimism is revealed in the way he is able to associate each of his problems with one or other hindi movie.

This is a recommended read for everyone whether they are working on in college particularly for those in a long distance relationship. It will definitely an easy way to unwind after a long and stressful day. On a winter night, tucked in a blanked this book is the best companion. The story tends to get slow in the middle but finally catches up after a few pages. One would definitely feel entertained after reading this book.