- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Penguin India (19 March 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143415123
- ISBN-13: 978-0143415121
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Losing My Virginity and other Dumb Ideas Paperback – 19 Mar 2011
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About the Author
Madhuri Banerjee is an author, blogger, screenplay writer, ad-film director and columnist from India. She runs her own production house, Gray Matter Solution. She has authored other books such as My Yummy Mummy Guide and Mistakes Like Love and Sex. She graduated from Delhi University in English Literature and did her Master's in Mass Communication from Jamia Milia Islamia.
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The only message taken from this book is that its not the age which determines the maturity but its the experience that life makes you to go through.
After a slew of unsuccessful dates, she does finally end up in a relationship, which is kind of ephemeral with the man, but true and eternal with her own self. The plot of the novel progressively moves from Kaveri being a lonely 30-year-old single woman, who is going through the roller coaster ride of a romantic relationship, to her discovering her own individuality.
This is one clit-lit (oops, chick-lit) which is almost done correctly. Kaveri may not be the best central character you will read this year, but she grows on you. Living in a sexually repressed environment, she gradually learns to live on her own terms in a relationship, even though it takes her multiple attempts (and sex sessions!) to just get it right. The story resonates with the lives of quite a few modern Indian women – who in the quest to make it big in their careers give no space to “love” as such and end up satisfying their mere sexual needs with different partners, only to realize sooner or later that “love” cannot be ruled out of life.
Such kind of mass Indian fiction within realms of Chic-lit obviously comes with its own limitations. Why even after living in Mumbai and being 30, she can't find one single decent man? And when she does, she almost experiments to sleep with all of them. You can attribute that to the sexual experimentation phase Kaveri is going through, but in the end it just poses some unconvincing questions.
I am going with 3/5 for Madhuri Banerjee's 'Losing my Virginity and other dumb ideas'. The book has a cynical tone on love, sex and relationships and one of the main reasons why it resonated with me. You may have a polarizing view on the central protagonist but in the end the fact that you invoke strong emotions about her is what works in the favour of the book. Give it a shot, you will not be entirely disappointed.
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Final thought : Read it to Kill time. I find nothing interesting.
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Narration is good hence three stars