Book Title: The Shotgun Wedding
Author: Suchandra Roychowdhury
Published By: Aleph Book Company
ASIN & Edition: 9391047211 & 1st
No.of pages: 208
About the Book:
A comic, hilarious tale about romance tangled up in the complex politics of rural Bengal, The Shotgun Wedding is a sparkling debut showing us the power of love once again.
About the Author:
Suchandra Roychowdhury is an educator with almost twenty years of teaching experience. She has taught in several well-known colleges in Kolkata and has an MA from Presidency University, Kolkata, and an MPhil from the University of Calcutta. The Shotgun Wedding is her first novel. She lives with her husband and son in Singapore.
What to Expect:
- Expect a story with wit and grit all through.
- Expect a story where the readers relate to stories in movies\webseries like Newton or Panchayat that happen in a small town.
- Expect a story that runs errands with lots of action and humor.
Who Can Read:
The writing and narration are breezy and simple. The characters are, and the language is unapologetically simple. Keeping these in mind, beginner-level readers can easily pick up the book.
Sometimes funny and straightforward stories also hold man lessons and morals to be learned.
This is a rom-com story written against the backdrop of the political scenarios in the Bengal state. The story is set up at a particular time, and the image of students and their active participation in politics is described well. This is the story of the newly appointed lady teacher in the State’s rural area. Her plight and her story when new characters get introduced are what make the story.
How is the Narration:
Apart from being engaging, the narration is informative and humorous. The incidents that involve good humor are always appreciated, and the same is proved here.
About the Characters:
Including Dita Roy, a young and an intelligent English teacher, Palash Bose, and other characters, including the village, Phulpukur, which has an exciting name, are all are well-drafted
This story explores the darker side of love and how it is exploited for political gains. There are selfish motives and ugly politics involved. Out protagonist, Dita, makes a place on this roller coaster. All these are written with clear language and good wit. The writing thus makes the story interesting to read.
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Grammar & Vocabulary:
Simple and accessible language with uncomplicated vocabulary is found in the story.
What Did I Like:
1. The plot-line
2. The inclusion of politics and topographical issues.
3. The language in the book.
What Could Have Been Better:
This is a rom-com story, and it will surely please the readers who like easy stories. This genre might not go well with serious fiction writers, but an attempt to read is worth it.
The book has all constructs to be a good entertainer.
Pick It If:
- You like to read rom-com with little thrill included.
- You want to pick up a light read with a good story.