Book Review- My Clingy Girlfriend by Madhuri Banerjee
What is a clingy girlfriend? A clingy girlfriend will go through your phone. She will destroy the contact numbers of every other girl on your phone. She will delete your Facebook profile. And will give you forty-five missed calls in the sixty minutes you put your phone on silent for an office presentation.
A clingy girlfriend will say: 'Carry two sets of fully charged mobile batteries so you can be in touch with me. Always.' 'In my dream, you were flirting with some other girl and then ended up in bed. Dreams are a manifestation of some act that is carried out in daily life. Are you cheating on me?' 'You have issues. You need to get therapy. Are you cheating on me?' And the worst one: 'Why aren't we married yet?'
Obrokranti Banerjee's girlfriend ticks all of these and more. Caught between wanting to break up and the fear that he'll never find another girlfriend if he does, Obrokranti finds himself doing things he never imagined: watching Shah Rukh Khan movies, having to fast with her on karva chauth and perhaps worst of all, having his girlfriend join him on a boys night out!
Bestselling author Madhuri Banerjee brings to you an uproariously howl-arious account of a simple Bengali boy in Mumbai who copes, mopes and hopes to find logic and reasoning with his clingy girlfriend. It's writing Madhuri's never done before and promises to change her name if you don't laugh at least five times while reading this book!
You know you have one too. This is your story. My Clingy Girlfriend.
The blurb of the book, 'My Clingy Girlfriend' by Madhuri Banerjee is enough to leave you in splits. So goes the narration of Obrokanti Banerjee's life story as well inside the book. Humorous, witty, straight-forward- is how the story has been penned by the author. As a reader, you are left amused by the way Obrokanti's girlfriend-Radha- has taken over his life in and out. So much so that you cannot help sympathising with Obrokanti and his ordeal. The author, throughout the book, manages to keep the readers glued to a man's life story- which could have been quite a task to write as a woman.
Obrokanti succeeds in telling his harrowing tale of a possessive-to-the-core girlfriend, and tries to evoke a sense in probably every man, (who will be reading the book), about the kind of women they might have probably once encountered in their lives or are about to encounter any time soon. Obrokanti's story can perhaps be every man's life story, who has a girlfriend behaving like a mother/teacher/boss and every other being he would NOT want her to be like. However, despite all the witty and descriptive narratives, it is hard to absorb the fact that there could in reality exist a girl like Radha.
|I really loved Madhuri Banerjee's beautiful look in this picture;|
As a reader, while I enjoyed reading the book, it was a little tough to identify with the characters. While Obrokanti's jealousy towards his cousin, Shubir- the ladies man - seems real to an extent; his way of approaching the same goes a little too overboard. The reason behind his not wanting to breakup- the fear that he would never be able to make another girlfriend and have sex with her- is a little too much to handle. Sex overpowers most of Obrokanti's thoughts making it the 'most important' thing in his life- again a bit of overdose.
Though the book has a predictable storyline, the good part about the book is that the author has made a genuine effort in laying bare a man's messed up life with his girlfriend. Hence, despite all the flaws, you are left giggling at every page reading about this messed up life. :-D