Monday, 9 November 2015


The Second Coming
Shubha Menon

The Blurb
A wedding planner who believes in fairytale weddings, Mini yearns for romance in her own marriage. The magic of the initial years has vanished, leaving behind a hunger that she assuages with chocolate. Mini would love to change her situation, but she is over the hill, overweight and under confident. The chances of having a hot affair with a happening man are dim, if not non-existent.
An erstwhile royal scion decides to wed a Bollywood starlet and Mini is sent to Mumbai to plan the celebrations. The manager of the Mumbai office is young Rustom, the answer to Mini’s secret dreams. Goaded by impending menopause, Mini decides it’s now or never. She simply has to take a second stab at romance.
Rustom is a ladies man. He is also married, and a skirt chaser. Mini decides to shape up and get into the kind of skirts Rustom would want to chase.
Working together closely, Rustom and Mini fall into each others’ arms. Meanwhile, her husband gets wind of the affair and tries to reclaim her. Now Mini must choose between heady romance and steady matrimony.
But soon, Mini discovers that her romantic idol has feet of clay. In a dramatic end, the trusty husband stages a timely rescue. And Mini learns that a rock solid husband is worth many a dream lover.


What I like about this story is the way Mini has handled her affair.  She is unapologetic about it… and in many ways this is a reflection of today’s society.
It also shatters the myth that only good looking and slim women are preferred to have a relationship by handsome men.

Mini is overweight and that is her only insecurity but she is witty and talented and that is what attracts Rustom to her. So it is brains vs. beauty.

As any relationship goes through a slack period, so does Mini’s married life too. And it is but natural for anyone to find that spark of romance back in his or her life. Mini tries and succeeds in having fun and yet realizes that fling is just a fling…there can be no future or permanence to these sexual escapades.

However, there are inconsistencies in the story where Shyam makes an entrance and an abrupt exit, his emotional side is not focused upon. For Mini to go back to her husband, she should have realized his strengths…rather than some vague mention of his stability. I felt that Mini went back to her husband only because it was her comfort zone. With Shyam she did not have to pretend…but with Rustom, she had dress up, look good, talk intelligent and in short she had to act.

Overall a light breezy read with a dash of humour. And Mini rules the story from the beginning to the end.
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Meet the Author

This is her first book. She is currently working as a Senior Creative Director with Ogilvy Delhi. A practising Buddhist, she dreams of living in the hills where she can read, write and grow climbing roses. She lives in Delhi with her husband, daughter and two Dachshunds. 

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  1. I was curious about your take on this story. Now i know it .. :D Shyam was the stable factor, no doubt about it .. i think this book can have a part two in the making .. which explores the relationhip between Shyam and Mini. Maybe weaning away from Rustom ? :P

    1. It can have a sequel...but I am not blaming Rustom too. He did what he had to as Mini did :D


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