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The Crossover Year by [Balachandran, Bhargavi]
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Meet Sri Anuprabha, aka Anu, a twenty-nine year-old banker who is terrified of entering her thirties. She dreams of quitting her job at the bank, sporting yoga pants and traipsing around the world. Her world turns upside down when things go awry and she is faced with the prospect of spending her days watching Tamil serials. She comes up with a five-point plan for reclaiming her life back before she hits the big 30. But things are never as simple as drawing up a flowchart in real life, are they? Especially with a ghastly recession rearing its ugly head.

Anu bumbles through the corridors of domesticity and travels on a fun-filled roller coaster ride in a bid to discover her passion in life. Along the way, she meets new people, experiences crazy things and learns some hard lessons in marriage, friendship, parenting and life.

The Crossover Year is a funny, yet heartwarming story of a woman in search of her identity, and a chronicle of her hilarious quest for discovering her inner mojo. Bring out a platter of cookies and a steaming mug of chai, and join Anu on the ride of her lifetime.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Alchemy Publishers (18 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GTW5EBI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,31,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Crossover Year takes us on a roller coaster journey that is the life of a 29 year old modern lady. Anu, a banker by profession and she is dangerously close to hitting the dreaded thirty. We take a good look at her life as she struggles to handle various aspects of her life, namely – Work and Marriage. Like in the real world, Anu’s life isn’t perfect and as things start to go very wrong, Anu fights to get her life back on track.

Anu is a very relatable character. As a thirty something woman myself, I could feel that Anu’s story could have very well been my own. The different shades of a woman have been captured well in this book through Anu and I would like to give a special kudos to the author for that. There are various other characters that enter Anu’s life and lend colour to the story. Her husband Mukund is a true partner in terms of a husband and also as a supporting cast to her role. Well developed and very real characters always manage to elevate the quality of a story.

The plot on the other hand, while not so unique or ‘ohmygod’ sort, is something that delivers entertainment to its readers. The author’s style of narration is very descriptive and I loved that fact as the story practically painted pictures in my mind as I read it. Touch of romance and a dash of humour added special flavor to the story.

All in all, this was a fun read that occupied my mind and a couple of hours.
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By Bhargavi Balachandran. Grade: B +

Turning 30 is a big point in any woman’s life. And for Anu, it is no different! At 29, with an engineering and MBA degree at hand, one would have thought that Anu would be a Vice President at some hot-shot MNC. But she is just an ordinary banker at an average bank in Chennai. All she dreams of is to quit her JOB, don yoga pants and traipse around the world. She does resign from her job following a series of dirty office politics; but instead of traipsing around the world, she finds herself watching back-to-back Tamil Serials. She chalks up a 5-point plan to reclaim her life, but soon finds out that moving through the ups and downs of life are nowhere as simple as explaining flow charts to a client.

Anu is a very relatable protagonist. The different shades of a woman have been captured very well by the author through Anu. Her trials and tribulations, and her reactions are some that you and I will be able to understand perfectly, and in fact, we would probably react in the same way! Be it trying out the Gym to get some focus in life, or joining a poetry class to try out something new, Anu truly has a roller coaster year! The other characters, too, are very well-developed, and they gel into the story in such a way that not one of them seems out of place.

Generally, one would expect a fling at work, or a best-friend-turned-lover in a chick-lit, but the dash of romance by way of a husband was different, and nice! The portrayal of a typical Indian arranged marriage is very real. Anu’s husband, Mukund is completely opposite in nature to her, and this difference, as well as the efforts to reconcile such differences has been brought out well. Though I didn’t have a favourite character, they were all extremely amicable.
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The crossover year is an apt title for a story about a young woman on the verge of entering the thirties and facing a whole new side of life. This is a quirky and fun story about Anu, a banker by profession and a married woman. The story focuses on her life and how she handles her marriage and work life. The dilemma faced by any woman is highlighted beautifully in this story. The story is well written and quite realistic with wonderful twists and turns. This is a story that we can easily relate to as most of it can happen to any of us at any point of time.

The author has created wonderful characters in the story. The portrayal of a typical arranged marriage and how to make it work is easy to relate to and understand. Anu’s husband is a completely opposite in nature to her and the contrast is brought out well. Anu’s friends at work and the people she encounters along the way compliment the story and fit in well. This story is an inspiration to all of us with a message that a person can achieve anything if they just believe and work hard for it.

I would recommend this book for all the romantic hearts out there as well as those searching for a good book to read. This light hearted story will sweep you away giving you a glimpse into the female mind and how it works.
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An easy to read narrative, a breezy story and a free flowing plot – totally a smoothy, leisure time read! A book that females will relish reading and males will relish unleashing the layers of being a female. This is because she has very artistically and creatively penned the emotions of a professional turned housewife that the male counter parts will easily catch hold of what’s going on in her top shelves (brain) and heart!

The novel is not at all close to reality but I say, it is a pure and serene reflection of reality within itself! It is laced with fun-filled moments with spouse, with family and friends.
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