The title talked so much, it seemed like a tale about a girl who would find her perfect groom at the end of a long odyssey. I simply adore stories of love and could not wait to begin this one.
The Perfect Groom is all that I felt in the beginning, and so much more. It is not your typical love story, nor is it a tale of a heart break. The book addresses an issue that the society we live in today tries to ignore in the hope that if they ignore, the issue would cease to exist. This book doubles up as a love story and as a story that sends a strong message to the society.
The book tells the story of a family that lost the father very early and how the daughters were ill-treated by the uncle and aunt who gave them room for living. Nithya is the elder daughter who in a series of twists of her fate, gets married to Ashok who lives in the USA and goes away from her family. She is well looked after, but has a loveless marriage and tries to find happiness in the small things she enjoys. It is then that Vasu, her childhood friend who too was abused by the same uncle and aunty comes back to her life. She finds that his return brings back a lot of memories of home and good times they shared together. She denies herself any happiness outside of her marriage and tries to lead a normal life. At some point it feels like she is denying herself happiness purposefully.
The characters are well etched and the story too is believable and it could very well be the story of so many girls around us. It portrays how much Indian girls are willing to give just to make sure that they make their marriage work.
I would recommend this book highly.