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Review: Confessionally Yours

Shibani Bedi   September 07, 2012
First Published: 20:08 IST(7/9/2012) | Last Updated: 20:14 IST(7/9/2012)

Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 210
Price: Rs. 150

Blogger and former journalist, Jhoomur Bose, understands that the world today has no room for doormats and ideals. And she has written a book to justify it. Enter Bose’s protagonist Polly Sharma, a frazzled newly married trainee journalist trying to find her footing not just in the weekly paper she works with but also in her not-so-perfect marital life. A push-over living in denial, a chunk of Polly’s life is spent either being run-down by her boss if not her mother-in-law or being dissed by her husband, best friend and colleagues. All this up until she files her first story — an expose on an anonymous blogger with controversy riddled all over her. Rave reviews notwithstanding, what follows are a series of acrid revelations in her professional and personal life including an unexpected pregnancy and an opportunity to breakaway from the shackles of misery and pick up the pieces of her scattered life. Bose’s first novel — Confessionally Yours — has all the ingredients of a chick-lit, what with its dash of drama coupled with erotic references. But what stands out is the realistic plot and the easy-flowing prose. Whether it is inspired by her own life and career experiences is unclear but this book is a perfect one-time read.

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