Love in the Time of Affluenza by Shunali Khullar Shroff
#blurb: Raising three beautiful children in her beautiful Bombay home with her aristocratic husband of 15 years – every bit the prince you read about in fairy tales – Natasha has it all. But when her closest friend drops the bombshell that she’s isn’t entirely fulfilled by her family and is having an affair, Natasha begins to ask some difficult questions about her own seemingly perfect life.
Author: Shunali Khullar Shroff
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
The protagonist of the story is Natasha Singh, a talented writer and a mother of three. She is married to a handsome prince named Varun Singh who is the owner of an architectural firm. Natasha is a dedicated mother and gave up her full time job to raise her children. Apart from listening taunts from her mother –in-law for being a non-royal she also writes a fortnightly column for City Reflections. But her life faces a sudden turn when she comes to know that one of her closest friends Trisha who also happens to the wife of Varun’s best friend cum business partner Nakul is having an affair. Trisha justifies that she is not happy with her married life and makes Natasha promise not to tell anyone about the affair. This not only leads to trouble in her married but also makes Natasha question if she is really happy with her husband. If you want to know more about the life of Natasha Singh then don’t forget to pick up the book.
The book is funny, witty and unputdownable. Natasha is just like any other girl torn between work and family. She always wants to be there for her children but later also realize that she is missing out on a successful career. Throughout the book the author explores various intricate human relationships with a pinch of twist and humour. There were times when I was laughing out loud at the clever punchlines mixed with sarcasm. The book is well written and keeps you engaged till the very last page. At times I found myself sympathizing with Natasha but while at others I also felt sorry for her husband who was trying his best to make everyone happy inspite of having a busy schedule. But the situation she had to face because of Trisha was really unfortunate. The posh lifestyle of the Indian nobility and higher class families is also well portrayed in the book. With lots of family drama and witty lines the book can be your perfect partner for a cozy evening. The story is light, realistic and enjoyable and so I highly recommend it to everyone out there.
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