You are the Best Wife has all the mix of a Bollywood movie – young love, struggles of Middle-class families, inter-caste marriage, struggles, success and failure. But what makes it stand apart is the fact that this story is true, and honest. It is the debut work of author Ajay K Pandey; an account of his tragic love story.
The cover picture is soothing and attractive. The first half of the story was cheesy, and to be honest, the repeated reference to caste issues put me off. Even the college life boy (Ajay) meets girl (Bhavna) saga is an often repeated tale set in the backdrop of engineering college. It tempted me to discontinue reading. But I continued further, hoping it would get better. Thankfully, the second half was much better.
Bhavna’s struggle, her parents’ pain, Ajay’s love and loss are conveyed deeply. The emotions so raw and painful are heart-wrenching. They are bound to make anyone shed tears. Ajay’s life changes with Bhavna’s entry and exit from his life.
Written in first person narrative, I could feel the author’s turmoil and his ache. Considering the fact that it’s a debut, a personal journey and the narration of a significant loss, I would like to ignore the narrative style and not comment on the delivery.
My favorite quotes from the book –
“There are two kinds of personalities. There are those who have everything and still complain as if they have nothing. And there are those who lose everything and act like life has given them everything. Sometimes both these personalities exist in the same soul. Kill the first one, I love the second.”
“Life is a journey. Every person who is born will die someday. Some celebrate a silver jubilee, some golden and some score a century, but life is not evaluated on the basis of the number of the years spent on this earth,”
You are the Best Wife is a story of love, loss and revival; leaving us with a valuable lesson – life is too short, live it to the fullest.
A one time read.
Wordsopedia Rating 3/5
|Title: You are the Best Wife||Author: Ajay K Pandey|
|Publisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors||Publication date: November 23, 2015|
|Genre: Non-fiction (Memoir)||Format: Paperback, Ebook|
|ISBN: 978-9382665540||No. of Pages: 250|
About the Author
Ajay K Pandey is the author of two bestselling books You Are the Best Wife and Her Last Wish. His debut novel You Are The Best Wife was based on his life events and went on to become a bestseller soon after its release. Get in touch with the author at Facebook.