Title :Sorting out Sid
Author : YashodharaLal
Publishers : Harper Collins
Genre : Fiction
The cover though simple is attractive and gives an insight into the protagonist Sid. The title is catchy, making one wonder what is in store.
Blurb of the book
Siddharth Agarwal aka Sid has it all- a fifteen-year—long marriage, a bunch of devoted friends, and the chance to be the company’s youngest- ever VP, all at the age of thirty-six.
But behind the scenes, his life is slowly falling apart, what with his marriage on the rocks, parents who treat him like a delinquent child, and overly interfering, back- stabbing friends. And that’s not even counting the manipulative HR vixen and the obnoxious boss he must tackle in office.
So, when lovely, spunky single mom Neha materializes in his life, she brings into it a ray of hope. But will she cause a brewing storm to finally erupt?
Who said it would be sorting out Sid?
WHAT I FELT ABOUT THE BOOK?
Storyline – Relevant, something we can relate to in today’s life.
Language – Simple and engaging.
Characters – Well etched with all their imperfections. One can relate to each one of them. We are all surrounded by the likes of Sid, Aditi, Neha, Mandira, Sunny, Vikas, Akash and Ms. Meenakshi. Some we recognize, some we ignore and some we deny. But the fact remains that they are all there around us.
Each of the characters contributes to the story.
Message – The book is a wake-up call to the innumerable Sid’s busy making a career at the cost of a meaningful family life. It gives us an insight into the reasons for the ever increasing break –ups, divorces and embittered relationships the Indian Society is witnessing today.
Length and momentum – The first part to me seemed to drag forcing me to put down the book quite often. However by the time I reached the second part things started gaining momentum. Fewer pages would have meant a crispier, engaging narrative right from the word ‘go.’
Humor- Each person’s sense of humor is different. So for me was this tale truly hilarious as mentioned in the back cover? Well, there were certainly a few places where my face broke out into a smile. But did I laugh out loud? No.
Editing – Unnecessary repetitions at a few places.
MY RATING/ RECOMMENDATION
If you are looking for a light read. Then, this is definitely one you can place your hands on. I will give this 4/5
The most relevant quote in the entire book-
Neha telling Sid: “All you do is use people to feel better about yourself.”
Now isn’t that true?