About the author:
Smita Shetty has been in the creative field for over seven years. In her spare time, she enjoys involving herself with community work. Untruly Yours is her debut novel.
Thoughts on the cover page:
Beautifully designed. I think a cover should be appealing, and this one certainly is. It leaves us wondering if the book is equally as appealing.
Impressions from the blurb:
I quite feel a blurb shouldn’t be very long. This one is, and it gives out a little too much perhaps, almost as good as a spoiler. The story is probably going to be a love story, which transcends into marriage. After a while, the feelings may be starting to get muddled, which leads to confusion. The plot would look at solving the confusion and perhaps give it a proper ending.
My thoughts on the book:
I’m not a big reader of chick lit books. I’ve read very few (mostly by Preeti Shenoy), so when the author approached me to review her debut fiction Untruly Yours, I had just the slightest of hesitation. I should thank her though for sending a review copy to me, so I could read it sooner.
So the book is based around the life of Natasha, her eleven year old son and her family, now settled in the United States. She fell in love during her college days and didn’t look back after that. However, the story in itself is more like a mix of present life and memories of her past, both her memorable moments and some that she’d rather not remember. After many years of blissful married life, she begins to feel the emotions slowly dying away and begins to yearn for a little more excitement in her relationship. A call out of the blue, with bad news pertaining to an old friend, takes her back to India. Arriving there with her son and her US colleague Steve, she begins to turn to Steve for that excitement. When there is no movement on that front, she turns to her old collegemate and one time crush Veer. When that move turns her life upside down, she’s left troubled and forced into a decision, especially since she had been considering going away from her lack-of-romance husband.
What I like in the book is that it is not very drab or heavy. The book has an appealing tone of narration (as if the protagonist Natasha is actually sitting nearby and telling you her story as it happened) and it can be easily read within a few hours, like say when you are travelling. There are some parts that make you smile or chuckle, and some touchy ones. The portrayal of her mother-in-law during a visit to the US was very funny I feel. If you read between the lines, there is a deeper message perhaps, but I didn’t really look at that part. Simple language and simple plot, with interesting and likeable characters. If I feel something was too cliché, it’s the career focused husband. It’s something very usual these days in marriage story. I couldn’t find many proofreading errors in it, but being part of a botanical institute, the botanical name of Jasmine (yellow jasmine to be precise) stood out. Firstly, the son tells it wrong and then Natasha also seems to get it wrong. It’s something that could be brushed off as dialogue, but still, thought I’d mention that. Thankful that it has a happy ending.
Overall, this is a light but pleasing read. Can be re-read but not immediately after the first read perhaps. Easy on the pocket, and worth spending that much!
Title: Untruly Yours
Author: Smita Shetty
Genre: Chicklit, Romance
Price: INR. 125
(May 2nd, 2013)