Friday, 3 April 2015

Book Review: My Clingy Girlfriend

Book: My Clingy Girlfriend
Author: Madhuri Banerjee
Publisher: Westland
Price: 295 INR
Pages: 249

What is a clingy girlfriend?
A clingy girlfriend will go through your phone.
She will destroy the contact numbers of every other girl on your phone.
She will delete your Facebook profile.
And will give you forty-five missed calls in the sixty minutes you put your phone on silent for an office presentation.
A clingy girlfriend will say:
'Carry two sets of fully charged mobile batteries so you can be in touch with me. Always.'
'In my dream, you were flirting with some other girl and then ended up in bed. Dreams are a manifestation of some act that is carried out in daily life. Are you cheating on me?'
'You have issues. You need to get therapy. Are you cheating on me?'
And the worst one: 'Why aren't we married yet?'
Obrokranti Banerjee's girlfriend ticks all of these and more. Caught between wanting to break up and the fear that he'll never find another girlfriend if he does, Obrokranti finds himself doing things he never imagined: watching Shah Rukh Khan movies, having to fast with her on karva chauth and perhaps worst of all, having his girlfriend join him on a boys night out!
Bestselling author Madhuri Banerjee brings to you an uproariously howl-arious account of a simple Bengali boy in Mumbai who copes, mopes and hopes to find logic and reasoning with his clingy girlfriend. It's writing Madhuri's never done before and promises to change her name if you don't laugh at least five times while reading this book!
You know you have one too. This is your story. My Clingy Girlfriend.

My Rating: 3/5

My Review: 

When I read the blurb of this book, a huge grin appeared on my face. I thought it to be an absolutely hilarious book and yes, it truly is. I couldn't control laughing every fifteen minutes when I was reading the book. It has plenty of funny moments which can easily lighten up a dull day.

However, there is no story in this book. You can predict what you can expect next by reading the blurb. The book is like a man's diary who has an excessive possessive and clingy girlfriend. The book gives an account of the daily troubles that the man, Obrokranti has to face because of his girlfriend, Radha.

His girlfriend stays in his house in Mumbai, eats up all his money and tries to control him in every possible manner. She is not at all independent, has no friends and hardly talks to her family who lives in Pune. She doesn't let him enter his own house when she is angry at him and doubts him even when he is talking to his cousin sister. Despite all the torture, Obrokranti, the protagonist doesn't break up with her. No, not because he loves her, but because he is afraid that he will never find a girlfriend and never have sex again in life. Also, because he wants to outdo his cousin, Shubir who has plenty of women flocking to him. Most of the chapters of the book tell how Obrokranti deals with his clingy girlfriend who makes sure that his life is always in stress. 

The narration is witty, humorous and entertaining. It is the narration that made me hooked to the book till the end. It must have been challenging for the author to write about a messy relationship from a man's point of view and she has done a commendable job in this respect.

The hilarious guides included in the book also makes it an interesting read such as "Five Ways to get out of discussing marriage", "Five ways to be a good lover" etc. 

The character of the protagonist and his girlfriend did not appeal to me. I couldn't relate to the characters, especially that of Radha. Moreover, the book had a weak and predictable storyline. However, the hilarious moments and the wonderful narration ensured that I had a good time reading the book.

Recommended for people who want to read some light-hearted fiction. 

P.S. If you have a clingy girlfriend or a clingy boyfriend, then you should definitely pick up this book at once. Trust me!

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