Book Review: Unravelling Anjali- Diary of an Immigrant Bride by Nim Gholkar

I have told you guys time and again, that covers play a big part in ending up picking up a new book. So obviously when I came across this beautiful this beautiful cover that had a bright orange background with the back of a girl in the center and the back is made up of puzzle pieces that aren’t connected, I was pretty intrigued. The title itself raises a lot of questions because you obviously end up a lot of different things when you see a title like that. 

Well its obvious that the book is about Anjali.  Its 1998, and Anjali Jathar is looking forward to life as an immigrant bride following her arranged marriage to ambitious divorcee Ravi. Settling in, she explores not just a new culture but also her new found freedom. But life is less than perfect. Ravi’s constant travel and preoccupation with work leave Anjali feeling increasingly unloved and lonely. That’s when Jake Ellis enters her life. Charmed by Anjali’s exoticism, he finds himself gradually falling in love with her while she finds in him the attention and love she did not get from her husband. And so begins an emotionally intoxicating roller-coaster ride.
I found the the flow and narration to be pretty good and natural. Character development is another great thing about the book. I could relate to the tense parents, the strict yet loving mother in law, the doting father in law etc. Also, I loved how during the whole story, the author kept introducing nitty-gritties of the Maharashtrian culture.

The thing that disappointed me about the book was the fact that the story was kind of predictable and reminded me of this movie I had seen last year. Most parts were kind of cliched and I pretty much knew what the end is going to be by the time I reached the middle and that just makes the rest of the book quite boring. 

I do like the writing style of the author and how she maintained the pace of the story however but I found the book to be quite predictable so overall I would say it is an average read. 
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  • Just finished my review of this book at my blog.

    Nice review. I
    expected the plot to take a twist with the revelation of Vibha's
    boyfriend. Probably a wild imagination. As you've mentioned, character
    development is admirable in the book.

    Glad to have found your blog. I've subscribed and following via twitter.

    Nandhini
    http://nandhinisbookreviews.blogspot.in