Book Blurb – Koi Good News by Zarreen Khan
When Mona Mathur of Dehradun had married her college sweetheart Ramit Deol of Amritsar, there were two things she wasn’t prepared for: 1. The size of the Deol family – it put any Sooraj Barjatiya movie to shame 2. The fertility of the Deol family – they reproduce faster than any other species known to mankind For four years now, Mona and Ramit have done the unthinkable and remained childless. Of course, that also means that they’ve battled that one question day in and day out: ‘Koi Good News?’ It doesn’t matter that they have been happy to be child-free – they are married; they are expected to make babies. After all, there are grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts and even colony aunties in waiting. Brutally honest, thoroughly irreverent, Koi Good News? is the funniest book you’ll read this year.
Book Review – Koi Good News by Zarreen Khan
Now I am not very fond of first person narratives that keep switching between characters. But ‘Koi Good New?’ with first person accounts of Mona and Ramit kept me hooked untill I had turned the last page.
While ‘I Didn’t Expect To Be Expecting’ is a first person narrative of a couple in Mumbai, ‘Koi Good News?’ is the story of a couple who belongs to the very Punjabi ‘Deol’ family. The humor around life in a large extended family, their obsession with the life stages of its members (couples to be precise) and the disagreements due to generation gap has been dealt with by the author with utmost suaveness.
And then there are the struggles of a couple where the man is starting-up professionally and the lady is on a professional break trying to conceive. The plot is very relatable and succeeded in tickling my laughter bones by giving a humorous twist to the mundane happenings of life. Ummm! Not so mundane may be, but routine yes.
Again, this story too deals with everything cliché – right from pregnancy nausea to the bursting boobs, from a paranoid family to a hippy sibling etc. But the choice of words, the crisp language and the perspective right from horses’ (the protagonist couple’s) mouth make for a worthy read.
When I read books like ‘Koi Good New?’ I wonder about how stereotyped is our society? So much so that every pregnant woman is subject to the several gender prediction theories. And more than the expecting mother, it is the expecting father who is mesmerized by the first images of the baby during the scans. And how we chose to actually be insensitive towards the emotional turmoils of the expecting couple because we are ourselves excited and make it a point to be very vocal about being caring towards them.
Whatever, I enjoyed Koi Good News for its wit, realism and the memories that it made me relive from my own pre-pregnancy days as well as pregnancy days.
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