Book Review: Girls and the City
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Total Pages: 360
Author: Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
About the Author:
Manreet Sodhi Someshwar is an award-winning and bestselling writer of five books, including the Mehrunisa series and the critically-acclaimed The Long Walk Home and The Radiance of a Thousand Suns. Hailed as ‘a star on the literary horizon’ by Khushwant Singh and garnering endorsements from Gulzar for two of her books, Manreet and her work have featured at literary festivals in Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, India and NYC. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, the South China Morning Post and several Indian publications. Manreet lives in New York, New York, with her husband, daughter and cat. Girls and the city is the latest addition.
GIRLS AND THE CITY
The book cover clearly gives an idea about what to expect. The cover has 3 ladies, who are together yet looking in different direction. They have different personalities. And in the backdrop is a glimpse of garden. As the story is set in the garden city Bangalore.
Plot and Review:
Manreet Sodhi, as an author writes gripping tales and this one is not different either. Right from the word go, you would be keen to know more and what happens next.
Juhi, Leela and Reshma are thee girls. They have landed in Bangalore due to their work. Their life gets entangled due to a man in question called Virat Mehta. He is a mean, greedy and terrifying man. The story revolves majorly around these 4 characters. Apart from that Mrs. Rao, Kieren, Alu and Leela’s daughter Nani are main characters.
The story about corporate rivalary, cultural differences, Expectations and abuse.
It is about what the not just these three, but most of the woman go through if they want to stand tall in the cultural and corporate world.
There are many twists in the tale and it surely keeps you gripping.
This book truly deserves to be seen on screen. Loved each character.
Manreet, has given space to each one of them to bloom. No one overshadows other.
The descriptions about the city is great. Like she writes
“The Royal Foods compound was a sprawling, green complex. “The description about why Bangalore is called a green city full of lakes comes often. If you have been to Bangalore you will feel nostalgic and if you have not been there yet then you can see the city through the writer’s words. So as much importance the girls get in the story, the city gets limelight too.
The story is good. The language is easy to understand.
The twist at the end, is unpredictable.
You can grab this book on Amazon
The rating got to be 5* nothing less than that.
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