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Book Review: Wise Enough To Be Foolish, by Gauri Jayaram

About the author:
Gauri Jayaram is a mother of two girls, amateur athlete and a part-time writer. She is also a management school drop-out, traveller, entrepreneur, and in full time employment with the world’s largest escorted touring company. She is a little bit of many things, and still not satisfied. This book is her debut offering.

Cover and blurb:
A girl with a large suitcase in hand, as if she’s going on a journey, inviting us on the journey with her. The blurb indicates that the journey she is inviting us on is her life. And the book promises to be inspiring.

My thoughts:
As a writer, I often find myself taking solace in and from what I write. Fictionalizing the world around me seems to be the way to make the world seem less (or more) than what it actually is. But I haven’t quite got around to the idea of fictionalizing my own life. To read an author who has done so was a change that I liked.

Wise Enough To Be Foolish by Gauri Jayaram is a partly fictionalized memoir. It starts with confusion in her life and ends with resolution, so it is a transformation that shows a woman who is confident enough to know what she wants to do, how she wants to go about living her life and makes the choices she (and not the world around her) feels is right.

She falls in and out of love (who hasn’t?), she marries out of religion (cultural norms most of us are brought up with forbid this usually), and goes against her parents’ wishes (most of us fear to, no matter how silly the matter would be). She is influenced by what and who are around her (aren’t we all at times?).

The story is an engaging, simple, yet realistic view of life. It is direct yet layered, sweet yet bittersweet. How the author has brought up the mindset of society and shown we can live life without paying attention to it is quite brilliant. Her way of narration makes it seem like we’re right there as she takes that journey as well. The cover suddenly makes more sense, as it feels she’s taking the extra baggage off her mind and sharing it with us, making her load lighter.

It would have been better if she could have shown a little more stability in life. She falls into one situation, almost gets bored of it and falls out of it almost immediately. True, that is how life is at times, but still. Another thing that could have been better is her rapport with her parents. I agree that disagreeing with them is agreeable, but not fully. The soft corner for the parents is there, but maybe the extent of disagreement was a little extra. Again, the way she has narrated may be how it has happened. These are just my two pence.

I personally feel this is a one-time read. But this book would appeal more to others. Well written book.

Rated a 7 on 10!
Rated a 7 on 10!

Book Details:
Title: Wise Enough To Be Foolish
Author: Gauri Jayaram
ISBN: 9788184954562
Genre: Fictionalized Memoir
Publishers: Jaico Books
Price: INR 225

This book was won in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is not a paid review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.

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1) First Reads Challenge at b00k r3vi3ws
2) Indian Quills at Tales Pensieve.

(11th Nov, 2013)


Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.