Book Review – Bubble Wrap

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DETAILS

Title : Bubble Wrap
Author : Kalyani Rao
Publishers : Harlequin
Genre : Fiction

THE AUTHOR

Kalyani Rao

A travel junkie who believes that she imbibed life’s lessons while on the move, Kalyani Rao is a young entrepreneur. She runs a theme based travel company near Pune and is a big fan of Haruki Murakami. She blogs at TwinklingPebbles.

Bubble Wrap is the first novel from Kalyani’s desk.

THE BOOK

The cover is simple yet attractive. It speaks volumes. The figure of two young girls holding hands and moving as if on flight as well as the tagline “Sometimes the only way is escape” give an insight into the story.

Blurb of the book

Twelve year old Krishna Singh has been married off to Shyam Singh of Rokhagadh, Rajasthan. Before the wedding, Krishna’s grandmother gives her a box filled with expensive jewellery, telling her to sell it in times of trouble, but otherwise to hide it from her parents and in- laws.

Accompanied by Gudiya, the fifteen year old widow of her cousin, Krishna realizes that her cold marital home is a far cry from the loving one she left behind. The world outside had modernized and is beamed via television into her home. But she is not allowed to go to school. Instead a female tutor comes home to teach her. A dubious father- in- law, a husband away at boarding school, and a mousey mother- in – law clearly show Krishna what is a woman’s place in the family.

An unfortunate incident leads Krishna and Gudiya headlong into a series of events that change their lives forever. As they deal with one situation after another, the girls discover each other and learn much about the world they live in. Bubble Wrap is a story about their fight for survival against impossible odds in a shallow male- dominated society.

WHAT I FELT ABOUT THE BOOK

HIGHS

Storyline – Relevant given the fact that there are still some states/ places in India where child marriage,female foeticide, denial of formal education to girls and cruelty to widows are rampant. The story is an expression of the desires of the female race shackled within the four walls of their homes, forced to blindly follow traditions much against their will. This is a story of two minor girls who plunge headlong into an unknown world unaware of the dangers, trials and tribulations awaiting them. While one tries to protect the other by forming a bubble wrap around her, the other puts at stake her life, her luxuries and comforts in an attempt to save the former from a life worse than that of a dog.

What touched me is the helplessness of the young girls who are left to fend for themselves in this wicked world, their desire for a better life and their unfailing love for each other.

Language – Simple, engaging, easy to understand. One can visualize the scenes as the story progresses.

Characters – The characters of the protagonists i.e. Krishna and Gudiya are well etched. However I feel the character of the tutor is a bit hazy.

Message – The story is a wake-up call to society, the Government and the parents of girl children in particular to educate the girl child/ their daughters, sensitize them of the dangers lurking both at home and outside and equip them to deal with such situations effectively. The story is also an appeal to the authorities to ensure the ban on child marriage and female foeticide effectively. The story gives us food for thought.

LOWS

Blurb – The blurb could have been made more catchy and interesting.

Editing – Could have been tighter.

RECOMMENDATION/ RATING-

If you are looking for a light read then maybe this is not for you not because it is heavily loaded in terms of vocabulary or content, but for the simple reason that the book reveals the stark truth of the ills prevailing around us. Hence it needs to be read and understood in all seriousness.

I give this 4/5

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I thank the author, Ms.Kalyani Rao for being kind enough to send me a review copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Bubble Wrap

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6 responses »

  1. There have been many books about running away, but two minor girls running away in India?? Now, this is something to add to my reading list 🙂

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