Bookish Witch

Marriages are Made in Moments by Tanvi Sinha

Blurb (as on Amazon):

Akash is struggling to manage his married life with Medhavi, without upsetting his mother. Medhavi is trying to find her space and self-respect in her own house. Karan is searching for his Miss Right. Jiya is frustrated with being single.

As their lives get intertwined, will the marriage of Medhavi and Akash survive their war of egos? Will Karan and Jiya ever find someone who meets their expectations? Or is the ‘shaadi ka laddu’ so unfortunate that the single and married will repent alike?

Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Indian Romance

Pages: 103

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 49 INR/$0.99

My Rating: 4.3/5

Akash and Medhavi are going through turbulent times in their married life. Whereas Karan and Jiya are single, want to tie the knot, and are on an active lookout for the right life partner. When their paths cross, something unexpected happens. Will they find the happiness they feel is lacking in their lives?

What I liked about the book:

  • Though it is a sequel to one of the author’s previous books, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. I haven’t read the previous one either and was able to understand all the characters and situations without any confusion.
  • Though the story is pro-marriage, the author has conveyed the frustration and struggles of married life quite well and aptly so.
  • I liked how through the four lead characters we’re shown that married people envy the singles ones and vice-versa.

What I did not like about the book:

  • A few characters and their thoughts felt misogynistic and sexist especially that of Akash’s mother/ Medhavi’s mother-in-law.

Quotable quotes:

  • There is not much representation of the mundane things that happen in the daily life of the average Indian woman, because nobody considers it an “issue” yet it is worth talking about.
  • You cannot go wrong with yourself because you know yourself better than anyone else.
  • Behind every strong woman, there is a strong father who supports his daughter’s wishes and dreams.
  • There is no such thing as waiting for the ‘right’ time to publish the ‘right’ book.
  • The English language has two different words for listening and hearing. There should have been two different words for reading also. What should you call it when you have read 27 pages, but you have no idea what you read?
  • Life is a never-ending circle of moments. People make choices in moments. People say things. People do things. Looking back, some of these moments become life-defining moments. In retrospect, every word, every action is avoidable. But is it reversible?
  • ‘You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law’.

Actually, this should be the code for in-laws. Don’t engage… Don’t say anything to your mother-in-law. Whatever you say will be used against you! They should give this warning at the marriage registrar’s office.

  • Nobody can complete you. Marriage cannot fill any void. If you are not happy with your life, marriage cannot give you that happiness… First, you have to love yourself. Then only…
  • This is how people get separated. Little things got escalated, families got involved, and egos got inflated to the point of no return.
  • Women play victims when bad guys dump them or take advantage of them. But have they ever introspected how they treat the good ones?
  • Don’t involve other people in your marriage, whether it is your parents or your in-laws.
  • People say senseless things in anger all the time. Do you know what makes marriages go on? People stay! It is as simple as that!
  • Law facilitates breaking a marriage. A law cannot save your relationship. So unless you want a divorce, do not quote the law. Only you can save your marriage.
  • A marriage is a package deal, my dear. Some days will be good. Some will make you want to kill each other. But you stick it out.
  • There are problems in every situation. Living alone is tough. Living with a friend is tough. Living with a husband is tough.  
  • Co-living with anyone is difficult. No relationship is easy. But when we can adjust with friends, why not with the spouse? Every relationship requires adjustment!
  • Looking back at a broken relationship you will have no idea at what point it broke. This is how it is for everyone. There is no single event. Little things became big.
  • Marriage is not about liking the way someone looks or talks. It is about making a commitment. It is about sailing through the rough days. It is about realizing that what you have is precious!
  • No matter who you marry, it will be very challenging. It is a lifelong companionship. There will be so many obstacles you will face together. Ultimately what matters is you should be able to tolerate each other. If I could advise people searching for partners, I would say instead of focusing on what you want in the other person, focus inward. Become more patient. React less. Learn to let go of your ego. These are the things that will save your marriage. The whole finding the right person is a myth.
  • The thing with marriage is that you lose all inhibitions. You start eating like a beast. You start wearing grandma underwear. You stop shaving. You stop caring. You become too comfortable with the way things are and you start taking the other person for granted.
  • Everything will be okay. Things have a way of working themselves out.
  • It is empowering to know, that no matter who played the hero/heroine, one could still create a decent love story.

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