Wrong For The Right Reasons by Ritu Lalit
Shyamoli Verma’s timing is wrong. In her late twenties, she finds that her marriage is irrevocably broken. She comes back to her parents with her pre-teen son and an infant daughter, only to find that she is unwelcome.
Independent and brash, she decides to bring up her children and also get a divorce without any support from friends and family.
Written with wry self deprecating humour, this is the story of a divorced woman’s quest for love and security.
Let me begin with extending a big thanks to the author -Ritu Lalit for sending me her book to review.
The story is about Shyamoli who decides to leave her husband Manav since he is having an affair with his childhood sweetheart Nimmi. Shyamoli, along with her kids goes back to her parents but is unwelcome. She is told by her mother to forget the past and move on without thinking of a divorce and thereby spoiling the family name. She doesn’t get any support or love from her dear ones. They have all broken her trust one after the other. But she is backed up by those who are not her own and they serve as a beacon of strength.
This is Shyamoli’s story who fights the society and sheds her timid nature and rises like a phoenix when circumstances ask of her.
The story got me hooked right from the first page itself, simply because the characters were so realistic. You can relate to each one of them, the betrayals, broken trust, love, friendship and faith. It helps you identify what a young divorcee goes through especially when she has nobody to seek solace from. It portrays life as it is- not as a bed of roses. And there is no Prince charming who gives the “and they lived happily ever after” ending.
Easy to read and fast-paced, I finished the book in one sitting and was even complimented by the author when I informed her so 🙂
The characters are etched beautifully giving us a message that there are shades of grey in any person. The writing is splendid with plenty of light moments.
It is definitely not just an emotional drama. And trust me, it’s worth reading!
I give a 4.5 on 5.
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Meet the Author
Ritu Lalit is a corporate slave turned fiction writer. A voracious reader, she is a gold medalist post graduate in English Literature who spent most of her childhood in remote areas in the northeastern parts of India, lying on grassy hillsides daydreaming and reading books.
She loves spinning tales, but no longer has her captive audience as her children grew up and flew away from the coop. Her three dogs don’t pay much attention. She began writing in the vain hope that the characters she creates will listen to her, even do her bidding.
She has five books out in the market, A Bowlful of Butterflies, HILAWI, Chakra, Chronicles of the Witch Way and Wrong, for the Right Reasons. Her fifth novel, His Father’s Mistress is coming soon.