Millennial Kumar Gets Married At Last! by Lakshmi Priya is a light, fun, and relatable read about a groom’s plight in the Indian marriages. The author concerns the voice of many grooms through the lead character called Kumar. The novel deals with the profile that one has to make or maintain to get a better life partner in terms of appearance, family backdrop, dowry, earning, and so on.
The story starts in a reverse order where we see the lead character Kumar is getting anxious at the Chennai Airport. But how did he reach there and why was he so unhappy and frustrated? Well, the reason was marriage.
Then suddenly the book takes us to the time of 90s – kids that grew and studied during the decade of 90s could relate better with Kumar. The author takes us through his school days, college days and in that we refresh our memories. One will find out many events or peculiar and funny situations that will evoke nostalgia of our golden days.
Anyway Kumar, the lead character, was never a larger-than-life character, he was normal and flawed. He too had to bear the peer pressure, IIT dream, and competition from cousins who got into good places. The story sounds of typical grooming but then the crux comes in…and that is getting ready for marriage.
The author explained well as what ingredients are required to rope in a ‘perfect sounding’ marriage, except love. Indian parents look for thousand things to make matches but ignore aspects like love, compatibility, attitude, etc.
Well, when Kumar is of marriageable age, in fact before that, his parents begin preparing him for that. He has a good job above all. When the melodrama of seeing brides begins, the real fun pours in. Kumar’s dilemma to impress or fit in his parents expectations is really funny. He goes for bride selection but every time an obstacles awaits him. Why? Get in the story.
Besides, there is competition of maintaining points on matrimonial websites. As Kumar’s age stretches the eligible mark, he is bestowed with unwanted pressure. How and what? Read on the novel to know the inside story of Kumar and his family? You will also get to know as what forced him to leave his loving job, Chennai, and the country. Why was he forced to move to the USA?
How marriages are seen and forced on to innocent grooms – if you want to see that better pick up this contemporary fiction. It is almost a satire on Indian marriages. It is a nice one-time read, there was no need of schooling and college epoch…but still the novel is good and relatable at many places with a tinge of little predictability. Language is simple and editing and other aspects are well placed, especially the story moves at a good pace.
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