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How I Became a Farmer's Wife Paperback – 19 Apr 2018
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About the Author
Yashodhara Lal is an author of five bestselling novels, mother of three children, marketing professional, and fitness instructor. She lives in Gurgaon with her family, her husband Vijay and three kids - Peanut, Pickle and Papad - who never fail to provide her with material for her blog.
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Thank God, they did! :)
Everything, absolutely everything about this narration has a sense of indulgence.
It's served Raw, as it should have been. From the expressions to the characterization, it's marinated with the spice of spontaneity wrapped in prodigious laughter.
While turning the pages you'll feel satisfaction from what you had and a sense of wistful longing to know beyond.
The conversation between Yashodhara and her husband Vijay, would give you a sense of ease; helping you navigate the journey they are undertaking.
The kids are adorable. Their playful diablerie would surely get a smile cross your face.
I just felt disconnected when the name of another book by the author came in the prologue.
That lasted for a few seconds, making me feel if I am missing out on something..(as it was the first book by the author I was reading)
Vijay, an engineer with a full-time job, decides to take up farming. We follow his story as he struggles to set up his farm right from planting vegetables (because he loves the idea of apne khet ki gobhi), to buying cows, and handling the motley crew that makes up the help. The farm hiccups along solely on Vijay’s passion and his determination to realise a dream. It is hard work, full of hreatbreak and yet comes with immeasurable rewards.
Lal handles the story with her characteristic humour. It isn’t laugh-out-loud hilarious (like her first) but it still is a fun read. Her writing is realistic, too realistic sometimes. The first few pages that described the chaos with the children, were so close to the truth, like a mirror to my own anarchic home, that I felt my blood pressure rise and almost put away the book in fright.
However, there are plenty of good bits too.
She weaves in a host of characters, good, bad and ugly. The wily Shukla ji, the endearing Mobeen and his family, Akshata the yoga teacher (I want one like her) as also the familiar Kajal didi. The story of the farm is interwoven with her own internal complexes and struggles as well as tales of grappling with a pair of twins and a fast-growing tween.
My biggest takeaway from the book was that it never is easy to step out of one’s comfort zone but that is exactly what one has to do if one wants to follow a dream. I loved Vijay’s doggedness and I have to hand it to him for the ploughing on ahead (pun intended) despite the thousand set-backs.
Also, as a mom, the book reminded me that children are more than willing to give up their gadgets if we show them the fun they can have outdoors. I loved how Peanut, Pickle and Papad connected with the farm and farm animals.
What could have been better
On the flip side the book gets tiresome in parts, the struggles too many and too long and I’m not just talking about the farm. Pickle and Papad seem too hung up on technology and Peanut is in a whole different world – they all are kind of scattered and disconnected. I didn’t get as much of a warm family vibe as I expected from the book. So that was a bit of a disappointment.
A little more humour might have done the trick, or maybe a greater focus on what kept the family together during those crazy days. But then maybe that’s all meant to happen in Madhya Pradesh.
Last thought: Pick it up if you’re looking for a fun slice-of-life read.
The fact that it is for real makes one read and read more
A light easy breezy read. A must for all the nature lovers out there!!
PS- i wish i could visit vijay’s farm one day! ONE DAY
Love Yash’s courage, honesty and wit in involving us in her life and leaving one feeling more sorted to live one’s own.
A wonderful book. Thank you so much!