17 July 2018

Review #720: I Didn't Expect to be Expecting by Richa S Mukherjee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's a great thing about being pregnant - you don't need excuses to pee or to eat.

----Angelina Jolie

Richa S Mukherjee, an Indian author, has penned an extremely hilarious and a captivating tale about motherhood and its mistakes in her new book, I Didn't Expect to be Expecting. This book revolves around a happily married, cool couple who amidst of their busy jobs, meeting deadlines and tackling weird bosses and colleagues in office, they always find time for each other and also for their crazy set of friends, and a kid is no where close in their 5 years blissfully married life's radar, until they become pregnant, and gradually their perfect life takes a slippery road and so the protagonist's body and mind.


Tara is living a blessed life in the maximum city with her husband Abhimanyu, the love of her life. At the pinnacle of her career, she is the apple of her parents’ eyes and hasn’t spotted a wrinkle yet – so far, the 30s are looking great! Nothing fazes Tara – not a foul-mouthed best friend or a food-burning arch-nemesis in the form of her maid – not even a landlady who chats with ghosts. And then, Tara discovers that she’s pregnant, and suddenly, all that well-honed composure crumbles. It doesn’t help that she’s got an equally jittery (if supportive) husband by her side. Now, Tara must face her anxieties about parenthood as she navigates friendships, marriage and career, all the while dealing with the fact that her body and mind are steadily feeling like they belong to someone else. An irreverent, honest and funny journey down the road – potholes and all – to (accidental) parenthood!

Happily married for 5 straight years with no kids, either on the horizon or on their minds, as they really get annoyed by kids and their tantrums, Tara and Abhi are having the time of their life, with great jobs, super cool friends, international holidays, parties and so much more to look out for. Tara is happy in her 30s, not only because she is with the love of her life bu also her career is skyrocketing in a positive direction, even though her boss can sometimes be a real pain in the a**. And little to her belief or imagination, she finds out on the last day of her holiday with her husband that she is pregnant and all hell breaks loose. As she gradually becomes fat, her mind becomes foggy, and in short, she turns into someone high on her hormones all the freaking time.

Tara and Abhi's journey from being pregnant to parenthood is one hell of a hilarious road filled with mistakes, funny and embarrassing moments, free illogical advice from aunts, fights amongst mother-in-laws, love and marital drama. All in all, a must read book for every other contemporary fiction lovers that can take them on a complete laughter riot. Penned from her own experience of motherhood and pregnancy, the author has done a brilliant job in giving birth to this baby of hers in such a striking manner. And after this book, I'm definitely looking forward to more of her stories to come in the future.

The writing style of the author is coherent, laced with light emotions that will make the readers feel in a positive manner. Also the underlying message in this story is very inspirational and I believe every young married couple of modern times should have a read at it. The narrative style is free flowing, filled with humor that will often crack up the readers, especially the punch lines, and the dry sarcastic dialogues of the protagonist. Also the readers will find it easy to comprehend with the story line. The pacing is really fast, although there are some parts of the story, which could have been easily avoided, overall, the story is finely tuned with the modern day society's thinking and the 21st century's couple's life style.

The characters are very well developed, with enough realism and flaws to make them look relatable in the eyes of the readers. The protagonist, Tara, is an epitome to every other modern day, Indian career-minded married women without kids, who work hard and party hardest. Tara is the light of this novel and she will keep the readers amused till the very last page of the book. Her character is not picture perfect, although she is beautiful with a great figure and no wrinkles even in her 30s, yet she makes a lot of mistakes and is often seen to have a very casual approach towards life and future. But when Tara gets pregnant, she and her husband both freaks out and their journey is so, so hilarious, trust me, you need Kleenex to wipe your tears from laughing out so hard. The rest of the supporting characters are also so strikingly penned that they are bound to leave a lasting impression in the hearts of the readers.

In a nutshell, this engrossing, funny and very vividly penned book about parenthood and its journey, is a must read one for one and all, especially for the newly weds ones.

Verdict: A funny take on pregnancy and parenthood in a very striking way!

Courtesy: Thanks to the publishers from Harper Collins India for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book.

Author Info:
Richa’s life has always been marked with abundance. She grew up with three elder sisters, lived in eight cities across India, and went from being a B Com graduate to a journalist, and then landed up in an advertising agency. She would love for you to scribble your thoughts to her on Twitter: @richashrivas, or on email: richasmukherjee@yahoo.com.

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