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Close to perfect

Himani Dalmia’s debut novel Life is Perfect successfully elicits a mixed reaction from the reader. Though it tends to get a bit too descriptive, it’s worth a read. Sonal Kalra tells more...

books Updated: May 21, 2012 15:18 IST
Sonal Kalra

Title: Life is Perfect
Author: Himani Dalmia
Publisher: Rupa & Co
Price: Rs 195

Himani Dalmia’s debut novel Life is Perfect successfully elicits a mixed reaction from the reader. While the simple yet powerful narrative lends the ‘feel good’ quotient, the protagonist’s personal tragedies force one to the brink of cynicism.

The story of the lead character Mitali Jaitia, the young, rich heir whose life ‘seems perfect’ by all counts turns into a gripping tale of struggle when she grapples with the untimely death of a young family member, the break-up of her parent’s marriage and her dad’s betrayal. Though it tends to get a bit too descriptive, it’s worth a read.