To be honest, enjoying reading modern Indian writers is a bit of a rarity for me. Whisking aside books that have made a big impact worldwide like The God of Small Things, Interpreter of Maladies, Midnight’s Children, The Inheritance of Loss to name a few, I do not enjoy picking up an Indian author. Maybe the fact that they are all too mushy and are mostly about the various shades of love and are largely one dimensional has to do something with it. I have never read Chetan Bhagat and I took great offence when during a brainless game which our office HR made us play, a girl guessed my favourite author to be the said gentleman. I almost burnt her with my gaze. Now before you jump on me to be anti-Indian writers, let me add that irrespective of the country to which it belongs, the story is the real hero of a book. And India is such a vast country that it can never be complicated to find a story that touches you immensely. I am still on this quest and opening up to Indian novels with great caution.

Being utterly romantic myself, I am not against love stories but our cinema churns and throws out a substantial amount of them at us every month. So when it comes to reading a book, I would really not appreciate a nauseating Déjà Vu. In short, I would prefer Life of Pi over Five Point Someone, I would prefer something which gives me a different perspective, something which shows me a world I have not seen before. I did find The Mine by Arnab Ray quite chilling at places and Amish’s first two installations of the Shiva Trilogy decent enough but these were rare cases and not the norm.

So, I picked up Just Married Please Excuse with tonnes of apprehensions and was very confident that I would not be able to reach the conclusion. The story of this book is something a lot of us have experienced and lived. It is about a couple working for a private firm who fall in love despite their opposite approach towards life and family and how they cope with the differences. Maybe because I was not having very high expectations from the book, I was able to enjoy it. Despite having a very thin story-line the book was utterly humorous. Yashodhara Lal has a writing style which will make you smile throughout the book. It is not one of those books that rattle your brain but all it does is tickle you and that I believe was the sole purpose of the writer. As long as you do not compare, you will be pretty much content.

There are incidences like the one where the couple try to buy a piece of land near Bangalore, their ordeal with the maids and their sessions with a counsellor which will make you chuckle. It is difficult not to relate to the book because it reminds us of all such silly and funny incidences of our own life. Even when the writer is not narrating a story which is path-breaking, it does serve a humorous perspective to the everyday life of an urban couple. It might be something not worth mentioning, but I found that the book had a magnanimous usage of Hindi at a lot of places. I feel that this limits your readers. Pick up this book if you like reading light humorous books over a cup of coffee. It is a breeze. It has given me courage to include the untouched galaxy of Indian authors in my Books Universe.

Every time I see a blogger go ahead and publish his/her book, it gives me another boost to finish my own book which I am writing on and off from the last three years. Just Married Please Excuse gave it a final push. I finished the fifth draft of my novel which looked alarmingly mummified since the last time I had touched it. Not to mention that I will be entering the untouched galaxy myself about which I have been so critical. Scary.

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About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

63 Comments

  1. Swaram September 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, you have a draft ready too 🙂 Congratulations 🙂

    I found the book light and breezy too, and did pep me up when I wanted it to 🙂

    • Amit September 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      Too? You too? 😛
      Thank you. I hope it see light of the day. 🙂
      Yes, it was a fun read. It made me smile at places.

      • Swaram September 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

        Errr naa. So many bloggers have taken the plunge rt 😉 So the ”too’ 😛

  2. Dr Roshan R (@pythoroshan) September 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Flattery aside, I really do believe you have it in you for a good novel ( insert “inspirational music and Sachin Tendulkar nodding at you in slow motion before hitting an off drive” here )

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement Roshan and Sachin. Hopefully, I would be able to start the process of approaching publication houses this year.

  3. Mithil September 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Most indian authors are going by demand. Some time back I read Tarun Tejpals The Alchemy of desire. Its fantastically done

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Mithil, this is an unexplored territory for me. I am sure there are many very good Indian authors. Thanks for introducing Tarun’s book to me. I will definitely have a look.

  4. Nisha September 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    I won this book in a blog contest by Yashodhara but it was delivered to my home in India. So will be reading it in November.
    And well, great news on the book. Since you’ve already criticized cheesy novels, hopefully this will be a welcome change 🙂
    All the best!! I’ll be around 🙂

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 8:59 am - Reply

      I got it from Blogadda. *Was I supposed to mention it in my post? Wonders*
      I really hope my novel is not cheezy although it is 60% true incidents. 🙂
      Thanks Nisha. Good to know that someone will be reading it. 😀

  5. My Era September 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Ever since I’d read your story outline for message in a pen I had felt that you had it in you to write a book of your own.

    Good Luck with the project 😀

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Thanks My Era for the confidence. 🙂

  6. Anonymously Disguised September 25, 2012 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Was just like you regarding the new breed of Indian Author’s, until I got to read Indu Sundaresan, Chitra Banerjee etc

    Ps: You did yourself a big favor by not picking up Chetan Bhagat’s trash 😛

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Thanks AD. I would really love if someone could do a post about the influential Indian writers of our times. I am quite blank in that area.

      • Anonymously Disguised September 25, 2012 at 9:39 am

        What you need is to hang around this blog to read awesome reviews and err if you are lucky she will bake for you too 😛 http://wordsndreamz.wordpress.com/my-nose-has-been-buried-in-these-2012/

      • R's Mom September 25, 2012 at 10:37 am

        infact there is another Smita who also reviews books regularly

        http://www.books-life-n-more.blogspot.in/

        Both of them between them, give super reviews 🙂

      • Anonymously Disguised September 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm

        and both of them bakes too….what a delectable coincidence is that eh? 🙄

      • Amit September 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

        That is good. We might talk about books over their cakes. 🙂

      • Amit September 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

        Yes, I read her blog. I have known her ever since I started blogging. 🙂 Our reading preferences are very different but yes, I agree, I can start the search from her blog.

      • Amit September 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        Oh yes. I do read her blog. I have known her ever since I started blogging. 🙂 I have to dig out Indian authors from the books she reads. I have always been amazed by her capacity to read. 🙂
        Thanks for the link.

  7. Indian Homemaker September 25, 2012 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Looking forward to reading your book too… create some suspense, tell us what it is going to be about?

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 9:06 am - Reply

      See that is the real problem. I am not able to create a synopsis of my book because it will give away too much of the story. I am struggling with it.
      All I can tell is that it is about 6 people. *I really have to think of a better one liner for my book* 😐

  8. Indian Homemaker September 25, 2012 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I like many, many Indian authors – and am glad we have so much to choose from.

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply

      IHM, I really need to do some research about this. I hope someone does a post about this and gives me a list to begin with.

  9. R's Mom September 25, 2012 at 9:31 am - Reply

    oye, if you become a famous author, mereko signed copy bhejna okie? *Waiting waiting and waiting*

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      Yes, yes. That IF is scary. I don’t know why but I always have images of publication houses throwing me out of their office. That will be a sight.
      I will send you a copy, pakka. 🙂

  10. The Girl Next Door September 25, 2012 at 9:53 am - Reply

    I have read good reviews for this book across blogosphere, and would definitely want to pick it up sometime.

    I feel there are several good Indian writers too. There is a mix of good and bad Indian English books available in the market, as is the case with writers from other countries too. Not everyone is good, and not everyone is bad.

    To cite a few examples of good Indian books I have read – Mayil will not be quiet, Would you like some bread with this book?, any book by Tagore or Jhumpa Lahiri. I have heard wonderful things about Indu Sundaresan’s books, too.

    You are writing a book?! Wow! Super wow! You do have it in you to write one. All the very best with it! And, like RM, will you send me a signed copy if you publish your book and it becomes famous? 🙂

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Yes, it is a light read.
      I know. There are some really crap writers in other countries too. I have been a victim too many times to forget that.
      Thanks. I now have a substantial number of Indian writers to dive in this new world. 🙂
      And yes, yes, another signed copy for you. 😀
      Just the thought of opening my story to public scrutiny gives me cold sweat. 🙁

  11. Jas September 25, 2012 at 10:49 am - Reply

    What I like in this review is the revelation of your own book 🙂 Looking forward to it. Unlike you, I read indian authors in abundance so you can expect who will grab your book first 😛

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      I think I should not have mentioned it here. 🙂 I have dislodged the whole discussion from Yashodhara’s book. 🙂
      Thank you. It will be just great.

  12. Pinku September 25, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I do share ur apprehension of Indian authors – though Khushwant Singh’s Delhi, Tarun Tejpal’s both novels, Mark Tully’s Nine Lives (yes I consider Mark an Indian) Jim corbetts Jungle books, vikram Seth, Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni did leave me happy and content.

    Very recently I read Bhagat’s Two States and was actually surprised cause I had a similar disdain to yours.

    A friend of mine is a publisher. She works with upcoming Indian authors. here is a link to her fb page http://www.facebook.com/groups/gyaanabooks/

    might just be of help with your own book.

    Good luck!

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      I have been itching to try Vikram Seth from some time now. I think I am going to like his books. Even if I think of reading Chetan Bhagat, his books will be way down my list.
      Hey! Thanks for sharing the link. I have to start looking into whom to approach for publishing the book.

  13. N September 25, 2012 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Congratz Amit… Looking forward to reading your debut.
    Ditto about these modern Indian writers, especially the IITan bollocks. Diabetic, Corny & Bollywoodish.
    Adiga’s Last Man in Tower is the last decent one I have read, though a tad dry.
    A Roy is all big words & fakeness. I feel God of Small Things is an ordinary Mallu novel, which gained recognition only bcz its written in ENglish. Inheritance of Loss follows the same Nobel-Pulitzer formula. I liked Moor’s Last Sigh more than MC, though they wr of d same genre… Or may be bcz the former is more relatable?
    Is this over critisizing thing or just a literature student thingy?

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks N. 🙂
      I did not like ‘The White Tiger’ at all.
      I think a wide variety of books have won Booker and Pulitzer. If you go through the list, you will see that there is no set formula. Most of them are poles apart in subjects and treatments.
      I haven’t read The Moor’s Last Sigh but yes, most of Rushdie’s books are a class apart.

  14. Visha September 25, 2012 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Now this book is getting good reviews day by day, cue for me to pick it up!!
    Congratulations Amit, looking forward to reading your book. I would love to read the humour and satire in your writings 🙂

    • Amit September 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      It is a fun read. You will like it.
      Thanks Visha. Well, my book does not have a lot of humour. I find it very difficult to write humorous stories but easy to write humorous posts. 🙂 Odd but true.

      • Visha September 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

        What is the genre of your story? Since you write humour so well, I assumed the book will have loads of it 🙂

      • Amit September 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm

        Lets call it general fiction.
        Nah! It is sad, dull and gloomy. 😛

  15. metherebel September 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    You are working on your novel. Please go ahead and publish it! I can go around and tell people this author visits my blog 🙂

    I read the review of it on R’s Mom’s blog too. Sounds like a good novel. I like a few Indian authors Chitra Banerjee, Jhumpa Lahari and I liked Anuja Chuhan too.

    • Amit September 26, 2012 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Haha! Yes, that is a very noble reason for me to get it published. 😛
      Yes, JMPE is a fun read.
      Thanks for introducing Chitra and Anuja to me. Will check out their books.

      • metherebel September 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        And I forgot, I want an autographed book when you publish your book! Deal???

        I must warn you Anuja Chauhan’s books are most likely to qualify as chick lits. I don’t want you cursing me after picking them up 🙂

      • Amit September 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

        Yes, yes. Deal Pakka. 🙂
        Don’t worry. I do some amount of research before I pick up a book. 🙂 Thanks for the warning though.

  16. Priya Sreeram (@priyasreeram) September 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    aaha a book in the drafts- I bet it will be an exciting read. do take steps to bring it to the limelight asap. JMPE was good- I liked it too !

    • Amit September 26, 2012 at 8:43 am - Reply

      Well, I hope so Priya. I will try my best to get it out in a year, if someone agrees to publish it. 🙂

  17. Wanderer September 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Oh all the best to you 🙂 And good to know about Y’s book. However I don’t think it is my type at all. So I’ll give it a miss unless I have nothing else to read and get to borrow it from a friend.

    • Amit September 26, 2012 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Thanks Wanderer. 🙂
      Actually it is not my type also but I somehow enjoyed it.

  18. ashreyamom September 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    so when can we expect the plot to out?? publish soon. then i can also tell people that i have interacted with an author.. 🙂

    • Amit September 26, 2012 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Plot will be out when the book is out, otherwise it will go with me to my grave. 🙂
      Haha! Yes yes, I will. 🙂

  19. Ashwathy September 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed Yashodhara’s book myself 🙂 Was a fun read, found myself laughing outloud at many places.

    Oh wow, can’t wait to read your book! What’s it all about? Pls give a sneak preview na! 🙂

    • Amit September 26, 2012 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Yes, it made me laugh at places. 🙂
      No sneek previews! 😛 Actually I need to get a synopsis out and I am struggling with it. I do not want to give away too much of the story in it.

  20. swatimital September 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    I heard about this a while ago too. I think there was some contest going on. Good luck with your project and hope you get published soon.

    • Amit September 26, 2012 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Yes, I got a signed copy from Blogadda.
      Thanks Swati.

  21. Rachna Parmar September 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I share your apprehensions about Indian authors. Not to mention the very poor editing standards that totally put me off. I have read good reviews about this books and might pick it up at a later date. And, you let out a little teaser about a book. I hope it is in the satire or humor genre. I understand your own dilemma about joining the band of people you have been apprehensive about so far. Wish you luck!

    • Amit September 26, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Yes, it is in the humor genre. It is a light read. Do not expect any heavy duty sentimental story.
      I know this very well that if I pick up an Indian author, I will make sure that the book has loads of positive reviews and I like the synopsis.
      Thanks Rachna. Fingers crossed.

  22. Yashodhara September 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the review 🙂 and good luck for your book!

    • Amit September 26, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

      You are welcome and thank you. 🙂

  23. wanderlustathome September 26, 2012 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I think it is more of a matter of perception. For each good book of a foreign author, there are millions of nonsense that is being published. I grew up thinking all malayalam books were trash and english authors were good irrespective of what they wrote about. And this was until I discovered the brilliance of the vernacular authors.
    There are many that is not the run of the mill love and sob stories, ‘English, August’ by Upmanyu Chatterjee, ‘A Fine Balance’ by Rohinton Mistry to name a few.

    • Amit September 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      I completely agree. There was a time when I liked any foreign trash of a book but the more you read the more you can differentiate. There are good authors in every language.
      Thanks for introducing these authors.

  24. kismitoffeebar September 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I have heard a bit about this book here at blogsville 🙂 want to read it ASAP!
    Looks like it is heavy on sarcasm and wit.
    All the best with your book Amit 🙂

    • Amit September 28, 2012 at 8:59 am - Reply

      Not a lot of sarcasm but loads of wit. 🙂
      Thanks Kismitoffeebar.

  25. purbaray September 28, 2012 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Surprised that you identify the likes of Chetan Bhagat with English fiction by Indian authors.

    He simply writes popular fiction that sells.

    I suggest you add Amitav Ghosh, Anita Desai, Vikram Seth, Raj Kamal Jha, Devdutt Patanaik to your reading list to get the feel of Indian masterpieces.

    • Amit September 28, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Thanks for all the recommendations. I have read The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh and loved it. I will read Vikram Seth soon. I have now added around 10 books by these authors in my wishlist in Flipkart. Tastes fulfilling.

  26. yashodharalal January 26, 2014 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Hey! I’ve got a new book out ‘Sorting Out Sid’ – and am currently running a contest on my blog around ‘Beer and bloggers’ 🙂 – would love to have you participate. Take a look? It’s up at http://www.yashodharalal.com

    • Amit February 1, 2014 at 9:31 am - Reply

      Hi,
      Thank you for the invite but I guess I am late. I have not been checking my blog since the last one month.
      Anyway, best of luck for the new book. It will be great. 🙂

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