Book: Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic
Author: Chitrangada Mukherjee
Published by: Fingerprint Publishing
Number of pages: 278 pages
My Rating: 5/5
MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of this book by the author Chitrangada Mukherjee in exchange for an honest review.
The story is about Madhu (Madhubala), whose husband has died recently after only a year of marriage. Madhu now lives with her elderly mother-in-law and teaches Social Science in a school.
The story is witty, hilarious, extremely interesting and poignant at the same time. Though Madhu misses her husband intensely, she is still portrayed as a woman with normal needs and desires. She takes solace in alcohol and a fling with a colleague.
Madhu’s workplace, i.e. the school, is extremely well depicted with interesting descriptions of the staffroom, her bitchy colleagues, the pushy parents and the demanding principal.
I also loved the characters of Madhu’s parents and her mother-in-law Lalitaji as well as her best friend Pintu.
On the whole, the story is extremely modern and accurately shows the dynamics of relationships today. Will there be a happy ending for Madhu? The reader needs to read the story to find out.
I highly recommend ‘Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic’ to readers as a real page-turner of a novel!