Independent and brash, she decides to bring up her children and also get a divorce without any support from friends and family.
Written with wry self deprecating humour, this is the story of a divorced woman’s quest for love and security.
What I Thought:
Ritu Lalit is known to me as a blogger and I have heard some really remarkable things about her books. Even though I had not read any of her books previously, I was super excited when I could finally lay my hands on Wrong, For The Right Reasons.
There is a reason why you should not form opinions based on first appearances or in this case, the first chapter. The story took off from the first chapter and how. We walk into the scene that Shyamoli is stuck in, she has been through a bad marriage and has walked out of her husband’s home ignoring claims that he is the provider of the family. Reality strikes when she has to face the people she thinks care for her and she has the need to be back with her people and her society. Her dad kind of understands her pain and does not take her mother’s side when she tries to send Shyamoli back to her husband’s house so as to protect their reputation and keep the ‘respect’ intact. Shyamoli moves into the house around the block that was owned by her parents and meant for Varun, her NRI brother, trying to stay away from her mother who treated her worse than how normal people would treat their daughters-in-law.
Soon, situations force her childhood friend Uma to come live with Shyamoli who in turn helps her find out a great talent Shyamoli had in her all this while. While Uma helps Shyamoli up on her feet, things don’t work well between the two friends and they move out of each others’ lives. From then on the book is all about how Shyamoli and her kids Ketaki and Samar course through life handling all the challenges life has been hurling at them.
The thing about this story is, there is no prince charming who undoes the things her husband did. Shyamoli grows as a woman through the story and her children too change and evolve all the while fighting her own battles. The afghani woman Gulpari, who moved in with Shyamoli and her kids, become their grandparent and a mother to Shyamoli who could never have a healthy relationship with her own abusive birth mother.
The characters in the story are very real and the challenges they face change them and that change is visible in their dialogues and attitudes. The story as a whole is quite moving and very poignant, relevant to the times we are living in. The book sort of makes us see what a divorced woman, a single woman has to go through to succeed in life and eke a living for her and the sake of her family that depends on her.
If you do like a real story with some strong women characters driving the plot, I’d say don’t miss reading Wrong, For The Right Reasons by Ritu Lalit.
Meet the Author
Ritu Lalit is a corporate slave turned fiction writer. A voracious reader, she is a gold medalist post graduate in English Literature who spent most of her childhood in remote areas in the northeastern parts of India, lying on grassy hillsides daydreaming and reading books.
She loves spinning tales, but no longer has her captive audience as her children grew up and flew away from the coop. Her three dogs don’t pay much attention. She began writing in the vain hope that the characters she creates will listen to her, even do her bidding.
She has five books out in the market, A Bowlful of Butterflies, HILAWI, Chakra, Chronicles of the Witch Way and Wrong, for the Right Reasons. Her fifth novel, His Father’s Mistress is coming soon.