Book Blurb – I Didn’t Expect To Be Expecting by Richa S Mukherjee
Tara is living a blessed life in the maximum city with her husband Abhimanyu, the love of her life. At the pinnacle of her career, she is the apple of her parents’ eyes and hasn’t spotted a wrinkle yet – so far, the 30s are looking great! Nothing fazes Tara – not a foul-mouthed best friend or a food-burning arch-nemesis in the form of her maid – not even a landlady who chats with ghosts. And then, Tara discovers that she’s pregnant, and suddenly, all that well-honed composure crumbles. It doesn’t help that she’s got an equally jittery (if supportive) husband by her side. Now, Tara must face her anxieties about parenthood as she navigates friendships, marriage and career, all the while dealing with the fact that her body and mind are steadily feeling like they belong to someone else. An irreverent, honest and funny journey down the road – potholes and all – to (accidental) parenthood!
Book Review – I Didn’t Expect To Be Expecting by Richa S Mukherjee
A 21st century couple, living their dream in Mumbai with high flying careers and an exciting friends gang of friends. They are struck by wanderlust and detest the idea of being tied down by uncontrollable and ever-nagging kids. But with destiny and un-checked passion at play, their world turns upside down when one fine day the pregnancy test shows those two lines. What follows is a drama of wits, egos and insecurities all together.
I would say that the book ‘I didn’t expect to be expecting’ is build up on the blocks of every cliché there ever was. The confusion and cluelessness of a couple who was least expecting to have kids. The over-excited friends who are warring to please the mother-to-be. The professional insecurities of an ambitious lady now scared that she might have to throw it all towards someone else. A prospective groom who turns out to be gay, a useless house-maid, two mothers who can’t look in the eye, two friends who get into a cold-cat-fight due earn the ‘most loyal and close friend’ to the protagonist. I mean everything, is a cliché. But a pleasant one. One that leaves me with the bitter-sweet memories of my pregnancy.
This book is a must read for all those couples who have build up a world of their own, away from their families and are struggling through the daily rut of life in metros. It has been a long time, since I read such a play of well-timed humor. It has been a long time since I guffawed reading about things as mundane but realistic that also tickle my own funnybones to the core.
Richa Mukherjee as done a fabulous job of recounting her own pregnancy and draw a humoristic plot that is sure to leave you in splits.
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