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Happily Never After Paperback – 5 Oct 2016
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About the Author
Jane De Suza is the author of the crime-comedy The Spy Who Lost Her Head. She has also authored the popular SuperZero series for children. She was the creative director at leading advertising agencies and continues to consult for brands across the world. Jane is a management graduate from XLRI and lives in Bangalore. .
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Tina Raja has three kids, a dog, a cat and a husband who is out working abroad. She also keeps a blog in the hope of keeping it all together. She lives in Bangalore and as if mirroring the city's chaos she's either stuck in a jam or barely stays afloat in a whirlpool. Her quest for happiness is more or less what the book seeks to address, but de Suza infuses the story with humour and empathy at each stage. She also pitches her jokes perfectly. In the beginning, the jokes are short and frenetic. Once you are comfortably in that mad world, you get delightful setups which pay off hugely as the story moves along.
I kept alternating between smiling and laughing out loud while reading this. It's a delightful book and I'd highly recommend it if my review hasn't already done so.
Jane De Suza has a humorous take on mid-life crisis, impacting many couples. A stage when you question if this is the man or woman you married by choice? She uses her quick witted humour through Tina's blog and its followers to vent her feelings and share her fantasies, while the man in her life is busy pursuing his work-life. Hidden in between her style of being hilarious and poking fun at every situation, you can find the author reaching out in deeper areas (ooh) and I just loved some of the gems like "you can't design conversations to sound smart and sassy. Real life conversations are full of stupid questions, dead-ends and half finished, half-unsaid things". The real story unravels in the "half-unsaid things" while we focus more on what we hear.
Laugh as the story unfolds and carry some lessons on how one can choose to make it Happily Ever After
I started reading Happily Never After at the airport and what can I say .I was happily glued to it for the hour wait and 3 hour flight all the while chuckling out loud .Tina's story is really every woman's story. Well, while Tina's average day involves kids,pets, leaking pipes and sundry relatives, it's not too far from the life of the usual wife-mother-daughter-sister .She does what she can do under the circumstances. Chronicles her search for love,lust, climate change and sometimes oh yes even mustard seeds.
Jane's sense of humor shines all the way while touching on some insightful subjects in our day-to-day lives. I enjoyed Jane's take on self affirmations,the satirical take on Anjelina Jolie , digs on Bangalore , her view on pets. But I don't want to be a spoiler here, so will leave it at that.
Ladies , Happily Never After is so totally for us & Gentlemen you may just be that much wiser .
It served as a great stress buster for me. Kudos to Jane for making me laugh so much!
Humour works really well when: (a) it is a little crazy, and, (b) it contains a kernel of truth.
I knew from Jane's first book, "The Spy Who Lost Her Head", that she had the crazy bit covered (er, I mean the humour, of course). "Happily Never After" never gets too soppy about love, marriage, motherhood and other sacred things, but it does cast a sharp eye on what happens when they are hit by reality. There are no preachy moral lessons here though, and even when the subject turns serious, there is always a joke on the next page to redeem it (thank god!).
If I have one quibble, it is that some of the misunderstandings are a bit too staged to be believable. And I kept wondering if it could have done without the blog format. But overall, I giggled my way through the book and felt a lot of sympathy for the characters.
Would recommend highly if you're looking for a funny book that's written well and is easy to read.