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Bathinda to Bangkok Paperback – 18 June 2019
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A laugh riot. (Sakal Times)
'Vibha Batra...brings an uncommon vigour to existential dilemmas of love, separation and re-unions that today's younger generation often run against, with an uncommon mix of structured language and colloquial speech-acts, akin to the hybrid one comes across frequently on social media.' (DC, Chennai)
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury India (18 June 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 186 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9388038924
- ISBN-13 : 978-9388038928
- Item Weight : 160 g
- Dimensions : 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Generic Name : BOOK
- Best Sellers Rank: #202,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The language of the book is simple and funny and has a Punjabi touch to it. Many words have been spelt in the way they would be pronounced and the Punjabi slang is very visible.
The characters are realistic and could be easily picturised and the secondary characters have important parts to play in the story. The dialogues between the characters, Lavith’s English as opposite to Mahi’s Punjabi to English translated English, has been beautifully balanced by the author, switching from one style to another.
A light read that can be finished in one sitting.
By Shobini on 2 September 2019
Why the colloquial language, you ask?
Coz yahi toh iss book ki ekdum mastam mastam baat hai ji!
Bathinda to Bangkok is the story of Mahi, the one who's always called 'Mahi Ve' by her best friend and 'Mahendar' by her ex-boyfriend for whom the flame still burns bright. Trying to balance her professional life as an event organizer with her personal life that is made of a multitude of colourful characters has her going literally bonkers, but then isn't that what life is all about!
Hai hai, I am toh in love with this book ji.
Vibhy Batra tells us the story of a strong, independent woman who isn't afraid to stand up for her choices, even when faced with situations that may call for a lot of judging from the so-called moral upholders of societal values. She is bold, fiesty, unapologetic & extremely loving towards the important people in her life.
Secretly, she suffers from a subtle inferiority complex due to her language skills - she is proficient in English, but uses a lot of Punjabi words and phrases to get her point across, which makes her speech not very polished. With a boyfriend who has returned from the US & is goals in every which way, Mahi often lets those insecurities get the best of her but as a reader I was gunning for her to move past them & recognize herself for the fantastic person she is!
As the story moves from Ludhiana to Bathinda to Bangkok, we travel with the characters on a fun-filled journey as Mahi strives hard to bring Bathinda to Bangkok for her best friend's wedding. A twist in the tale comes up at just the right point & then you scramble to read what eventually happens in the story.
Of course, the language is the USP of the book. Vibha strikes a balance between the perfect English, colloquial Hinglish & rusty Punjabi that her characters speak & she does so with elan. This IS the way the youth talk, as has rightly been depicted in the book. Of course, there are a few stereotypes pandered to within the story as well, but it's just a reflection of what life is actually like in the heartlands.
The romcom premise, the emotional moments, the funny lines - all balanced beautifully. Kudos!
Bathinda to Bangkok is a short and refreshing light read. This rom-com tells the story of a successful party planner Mahi. She is the wedding-planner for her Bff Dingy's wedding. Dingy wants to have her wedding in Bangkok.
And for her best friend's sake, she decides to arrange her wedding in Bankok. So, a few days before the wedding, she sets off to Bangkok. She gets the biggest shock of her life when she finds her ex-boyfriend there in Bangkok to plan the wedding as well!
To know what happens to Mahi's story, you have to read the book.
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book! I was going through a very bad reading slump and this book made me get over it. The character of Mahi has been very well developed. I loved the way she spoke and her desi vibes and attitude was on point. The book is filled with comic elements. I really liked how funny this book is. The plot is very well-knitted. It is a very short and light read and is fast-paced. Hence, it took me hardly a few hours to complete reading this book.
Altogether, Bathinda to Bangkok is a fun book and an enjoyable read. Grab a copy of this book if you love rom-coms or looking for a short fun light read!