The Recession Groom: A Book Review

Hi, Folks,

Will you believe if I tell you that I have 58 books currently in my TBR (to-be-read) list? If you feel the number is low, then here is the twist: the books in this list are just the immediate ones which lie on my shelf in my house mini library. My original TBR has more than 2500 books to be read before I breath my last, and the list is still adding. Now, coming to the point, the book I completed today is “The Recession Groom” by Vani.

Book Blurb: Parshuraman Joshi, 27, handsome, Hindu-Brahmin, IT Professional, settled in Canada, earns a high-figure salary.

These are credentials that would make any young man hot on the Indian wedding market, so it’s no wonder that Parshuraman’s family is inundated with matrimonial proposals. While so far all attempts to ‘settle’ him have gone kaput, he has bigger issues vexing him – such as Jennifer, his ‘fireball’ of a colleague, and their efforts to save Project Infinite. To top it all, as the credit crisis grips the global economy, the little world he’s created for himself begins to fall apart. Will he be able to pull himself together to face the challenges posed by a tough economy? More importantly, will this Recession Groom be able to find his ‘perfect partner’?

About the Author: Vani was Libya in a traditional Hindu Punjabi family. A bookaholic and a management degree holder, she says writing was something that occurred to her much later as her initial aims was to be a doctor. A marketing degree holder from Kingston University, Vani is an ambitious girl.

Plot: The story revolves around Parashuram, who is the stereotypical Hindu, Brahmin, Punjabi groom who lives in the US. With no history of any girl friends or addictive habits, he is the most eligible bachelor in the marriage market; at least that is what his sister and aunt feel. But, life isn’t bed of roses, isn’t it? His life takes a roller coaster when he has three girls after him, a recession period, and a nose-poking family come into his otherwise peaceful life.


1. The author has managed to write the novel in a neutral perspective, which is not so easy, especially the protagonists and the author are of opposite sexes.

2. The story shows the reality of arranged marriage market of India, not subtly, but ferociously. If you have been through it or if you have witnessed your besties go through it, you can correlate (especially men).

3. The screenplay is neat and smooth, it enhances the simple story.

4. The storyline overall despite being predictable is held together by an enthralling screen play, where the author ties back all the ends that were loosened initially.


1. Story goes a somewhat off-track at bits and pieces. A couple of pages feel like it has been forced into the novel.

2. Towards the later half of the story, story gets predictable and rushed up. For a detailed first half, the second half did complete injustice.

Rating: 3.75/5

Bottom line: A realistic fictional story that deals with not-so-well-discussed pressures on Gen-Y-men, put down a little by rushed up climax.

Do I recommend? Yes, a refreshing read.

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