Book Reviews

Man Vs Wife – Book Review

  • Author: Ashish Srivastava
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English

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The story is a sweet and sour narrative of a young, impulsive IT professional who wants to divorce his wife. Having come across the draconian Indian laws highly biased in favor of his wife, he teams up with a middle-aged struggling lawyer willing to go to any extent for greed. The lawyer advises the husband to break the seven vows of marriage one by one so that his wife starts hating him and agrees for mutual consent route, even before they decide to go for a contested divorce.
Will this husband be able to break the seven vows of marriage, at last? And the greedy lawyer… will he be successful to break this marriage off?

My Review

Marriage is considered to be a holy union of two souls in India where not just two individuals but two cultures are tied together. With the unbelievable paradigm shift in the institution of marriage that has come upon us in the changing times, things have started falling apart. People find it difficult to survive in a relationship due to overwhelming compatibility issues which have been discussed in Man Vs Wife.

In this book, the author attempts to bring forth the harsh reality behind the dreamy screen of love marriage. In a broader sense, the book deals with the change that comes in right after a period of courtship culminate into a marriage. This coming of age novel highlights the issue which has been neglected ever since – the turmoil a man could face in a relationship. The protagonist Viral files for a divorce petition in the family court which eventually turns out to a be an exhilarating ride for him. He is in dire need of getting a divorce with the mutual consent from his wife Trisha. Thus begins his journey into unraveling the truths behind successful marriage and the many issues wrapping the relationship. Several anecdotes from the life of the people around him bring him to the realization that a marriage is not a cakewalk but fraught with challenges and that, you earn successful wedlock with understanding and patience.

I liked the delightful prose which contains a fresh plotline I haven’t ever read before. Divorce is a taboo in India and getting one is very difficult which has been described well here. The flow of the story with the dialogues and the right mix of emotions at the right places is wonderful. The character development is done nicely because that was the reason I could really empathize with the characters of the book. What elated me the most was the language which took me by surprise and I thoroughly enjoyed reading. No unnecessary crap and just the right points discussed kept me hooked to the story. The book explains that not a man has to be blamed ever time. In fact, they can play the victim too. Towards the end, the correct recipe of a successful marriage made the right point.

In all, the book is undoubtedly an entertaining read.



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