I actually called her number, I think her husband answered, and finally got there, feeling even more moronic than usual:. Hello, hello, perfect place to confess my latest vague drama. Now,a v. The spouse apparently saw and smirked, but, note, did not stop me. The next day that very copy of the book was taken to the launch for my reading, and subsequently, the book, true to its nature, was lost.
I remembered the case of the cheque only three days after, however. The worst is that I had to involve my Mum, and narrate the whole affair. You can imagine the lecture. Anyway, FIR has been filed and shall now be couriered to Calcutta. Thank you all for writing in. Mad Momma has enough books of her own. Been reading these avidly but was too lazy to post. Something pushes me to reveal myself in all my vagueness now, though. But of course. Walking out of many, many Cafe Coffee Days and Baristas busy talking to the person accompanying me or on the phone while forgetting to pay the bill.
Usually a hapless employee runs after us with the bill and we try to look like we are not the types who do this deliberately. Leaving notepad behind with painstakingly written notes after interviewing someone. People have had to call me up later to let me know, some sounding miffed that their interview evidently held so little value. Little did they know. Once I made author Shrabani Basu climb down four flights of stairs running after me to return my notepad. Losing ATM card and realising only 10 days later. Someone had swiped it for Rs 16 K meanwhile. It still hurts somewhere.
Put a saucepan on the counter by the side of the sink, turned the faucet out over the saucepan and walked off. A WHOLE lot of water overflowed over the counter, down the counter, under the stove… you get the pic… before I remembered. Came back to a house full of smoke, blaring fire alarms and concerned neighbors. Cee: LOL! Wish I had copies for everyone — and wish more, we could all sit down together, gorge on coffee and cake and exchange stories of vagueness all night!
Writerzblock — one question: did you go back to the swimming class after that? I remember similar bloopers in the era when gmail forwards sometimes went to original sender too! Jaya, long story shotened, recently, I left my laptop at the security check area of the Kolkata airport. When I rushed to retirieve it, the uniforms asked me if I could prove it was mine. I hemmed and hawed and panicked wildly.
Finally, brainwave: told him, would it do, if I showed a photograph of the two of us? Took me ages and ages and ages to find a photo though though there are hundreds on the machine! Panu, I do love that answer — and shall quote you on matter if ever asked the same question on lit theory. Jyoti, I have often subjected my f-i-l to that vague-glazed-eyes glance! Himadridimri deserves a special badge of honour as the one who quickly demonstrated the true essence of a vague women. Single action being more eloquent than a thousand words. Now, here goes.
Mad Momma. So a bonus prize for her! Now ladies, please mail me or Kiran your addresses — and the book shall reach you soon ;- My email id is: roydevapriya gmail. Thank you Kiran for hosting this fabulous ten-day long party. Thank you all for joining the circle of vagueness. May it expand forever! Yeh kya bachpana hai, yaar. At least, so I tell myself.
Must say the competition was stiff!
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Bookmark the permalink. May 9, at am. Kiran Manral says:. May 10, at am. Sue says:. May 14, at pm. Mona says:. Eveslungs says:. May 9, at pm. May 13, at pm. You will never believe how I met DP -! Jaya says:. Forget me, I think you should send Aunty the book. May 11, at am. May 11, at pm. Devapriya—She really wants this book, like really! Four comments!!!! Devapriya says:. May 10, at pm. Sue, Sue, Sue, did I tell you how much Mil reminded me of you?
I did. Okay am saying it again. LOL So you did! Vidya says:.
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For the record I had Like Like. Devapriya, i really, really want the book. May 13, at am. R's Mom says:. May 12, at am. That truly is vaguer than vague. Ashish Bhagwat says:. Makes me want this book… Yes, we men are a very curious bunch about this vagueness The review, and some comments, make me feel there could be a vagueness that is womanish inside me. Ashish: Alas and alack, only for women!
Next contest for sure. Preethi Ravichandran says:. Preethi: Good strategy, I should have done the same to wriggle out of being sent to the shop! Writerzblock says:. Panu says:. Aatreyee Ghosh says:. Aatrayee: Would have been such fun to be a fly on the wall… Like Like. Jyoti says:. Jyoti: LOL! She must have been so zapped… Like Like. May 17, at am. This is true Vague Woman comment.
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Anita Menon says:. May 16, at pm. Nope, vaguely knew someone with the same name… Like Like. Monika: Aargggh if you met her once it is forgivable na? May 12, at pm. U totally deserve the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MM: You take the cake, the bakery and the baker! Love the flashing the postman one! Imps Mom says:. Ah, the good old days.
I made sure to tell Vicky this story when he was teaching me to drive! You you you! May 15, at pm. Small town roads. Two sweetly apologetic sixteen year olds. Iya says:. The comment section is howlarious!! Iya: Should have recorded his expression for posterity… Like Like. Writerzblock: That is so so funny!
Dipali: You show off you!
May 14, at am. XD Like Like. Mons: Glad to have been of service. Asavari says:. Now Waiting for the Sequel.. Phoenixritu says:. BTW I did not get lost this time. GPS was invented for women like me Like Like. Okay, this one is really embarrassing, but I want the book so here goes … Early winter morning, I breast feed my elder one, dress up and rush to Delhi to attend my classes at YWCA.
The visual of me brandishing a bra thru town on my back still makes me squirm Like Like. Poor you: Like Like. Vanshika-Neelam Amarnani says:. I actually called her number, I think her husband answered, and finally got there, feeling even more moronic than usual: Like Like. Shrabonti says:. Shrabonti: God! Have done that bill not paying thingie too! Damn embarassing it is… Like Like. Cee Kay says:. May 19, at am. The Haryana to Delhi to U. Aneela Z. Vagueness is the new feminism. May 22, at am. May 19, at pm.
Enjoyed reading this book. No melodrama, stylish and mature writing. Found it interesting. May 11, deepa rated it liked it Shelves: in-my-library , read-in A beautiful book, nicely written and a very sweet story that you can easily connect with. It is not those selfhelp types and a good change from the regular chick-lits in this genre. Apr 07, Ranjani Rao rated it it was ok. Lately I have been having difficulty in figuring out the relationship between the title of a book and its contents.
This debut novel by Devapriya Roy falls into that category. The brief description at the back sounded interesting, about an unlikely friendship between a newly-married young woman and another one, almost three decades her senior. We are introduced to a hare-brained Sharmila Chatterjee, twenty-two years old, helplessly late for a job interview, having taken a break from her studies Lately I have been having difficulty in figuring out the relationship between the title of a book and its contents.
We are introduced to a hare-brained Sharmila Chatterjee, twenty-two years old, helplessly late for a job interview, having taken a break from her studies to financially help the dire home situation.
Her husband, the idealistic Abhimanyu Mishra is pursuing his Ph. Consequently the two have eloped and married in Delhi, much against the wishes of the parents living in Calcutta. When Mil Sharmila is hired at the Indian Academy for Literatures, she meets Indira Sen, a senior government officer with whom she hits it off and thereby is supposed to begin a tale.
There are some vivid descriptions of New Delhi as the seasons change and some introduction to the mysterious working of the Indian governmental bureaucracy. However, there isn't much of a story to tell in the odd pages of the novel. Indira's life seems to be one where an interesting plot could have evolved, given her strange home situation with a domineering mother, an obsessive-compulsive mother-in-law and a quirky Uncle along with a headstrong teenage daughter.
But they seem to carry on with their weirdness, contributing nothing to Indira's life or to the novel. Mil helps Indira with her mounting, incomprehensible credit card debt while Indira seems to do nothing more than share junk food with the younger woman. The characters seem two-dimensional with no significant inner angst other than the obvious daily difficulties of urban life; money problems, maid issues, interfering landlords and in-laws. As I mentioned earlier, the title and the story did not match but I can attest that the author seems as vague about what she wanted to convey through her characters and it is perhaps Devapriya Roy's handbook as a vague woman herself.
Apr 26, Sujata rated it really liked it Shelves: own. Friendship can strike you at the oddest of times and does better things for your heart and general well-being than love damn the uncertainty and the drama. When Abhimanyu Mishra Abhi , a PhD student studying an obscure subject, proposes marriage, she accep Friendship can strike you at the oddest of times and does better things for your heart and general well-being than love damn the uncertainty and the drama. When Abhimanyu Mishra Abhi , a PhD student studying an obscure subject, proposes marriage, she accepts.
Mil decides to take the zero semester after she gets married so she could get a job and contribute to the income. Mil gets a job in a government organisation where she meets Indira Sen. Indira is the deputy editor there, and one of the few people who find solace in their work.
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Indira has been a single parent to her two kids, Nina and Prateek, since her husband passed away. Now, at 52, she feels that her life is slipping away from her. Aided by tea and cake, the acquaintanceship between Mil and Indira it is never a boss-subordinate relationship takes on the hues of a friendship, as shared interests take centre stage. While Mil is useless at following directions and running a household, Indira has been battling the bulge only to go weak at the sight of cake; she is also knee-deep in credit card debt, which she is handling in an ostrich-like manner.
The book is engaging and you will want to finish it in one go, laughing at the jokes, sharing intimacies like only women can. I loved these characters, and I hope that there is a sequel in the offing in the not too distant future. Oct 21, Priyanka Roy Banerjee rated it really liked it Shelves: indian-authors. There are a few books which attract you in the first few pages, the words take you under their wings, make a comfortable nest for you to snuggle in and read away. Who are vague women and why did the author write a handbook about them? These women often reside inside us, for a brief period or for a lifetime.
They are absent-minded, geographically and directionally challenged, emotional There are a few books which attract you in the first few pages, the words take you under their wings, make a comfortable nest for you to snuggle in and read away. They are absent-minded, geographically and directionally challenged, emotional and stubborn people. Devapriya has sketched the characters well with complete details of their backgrounds and a collage of their past and present. My Rating: 4.
Jan 07, Kiran rated it really liked it Shelves: I am not a chick lit fan. But this one is surely making me feel delighted. A story with intricate details , conveying plethora of emotions with all rights and wrongs. It leaves the reader with feeling of wanting more to read about the last reunion. Only if I could.
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Feb 10, Devina Dutta rated it really liked it Shelves: romantic-comedy. A feel good book with funny and likeable lead characters. A proper Indian chicklit with thankfully no stereotypical heroes and heroines but real life inspired characters who added to the charm of the book. Aug 23, Insignia rated it liked it. I picked this one on an impulse and finished it all in one go.
Admittedly it's been a while since I ventured into the chick lit section, and this one turned out to be a pleasant surprise. A feel-good book. Jan 23, Salonee rated it liked it. A fast paced, journey of a girl to finding her footing in the big scheme of life and love and career. Be warned that it might leave you wanting to eat a lot of Pure Magic biscuits and consume more tea than usual. And even reach for some chocolate cake, and carrot cake among other things. Nov 27, Hamsini Hariharan rated it really liked it.
Best Indian Chick-lit in a long time.
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I's well written, provides a lot of laughs and it's not frivolous. It's quirky and fun and lovable. It is good fiction. Nov 24, Sravanthi Dasari rated it liked it Shelves: indian , woman-writer. Easy, breezy read which stood out for two reasons. Female friendships 2. Realistic portrayal of couples who fight! Aug 31, Gits rated it it was amazing. Jul 08, Varsha rated it it was amazing.