Putting on weight at the time of her wedding is every bride’s worst nightmare and almost all of them start strictly dieting and doing some really crazy things to lose weight following up to the D-Day. Society has conditioned our mindset to believe that beauty means a slim figure and that a fat girl can’t find herself a groom.
Encounters of a Fat Bride is the story of Madhurima Pandey, the quintessential 21st century woman who does not want to get married, reason – she’s 93 kilos and which man would come forward to marry that? Her family is like almost every other Indian family, looking for a groom as soon as she’s turned 25.
The book is a journey of Madhurima’s emotions from a strong rebellion to the idea of getting married and then mellowing down to her family’s wishes. Finally, when Harsh steps forward to marry her, she starts questioning his motives. And what follows is the story of Encounters of a Fat Bride.
The language is very easy, simple and conversational, no complexity in the grammar. Some character sketches could have been given more depth. Though the book is more of a monologue, one would want to see more dialogue from some of the characters in the book.
The author has shown us a very different take on Indian weddings, the story behind and before the ‘happily ever after’. We have typical nosy aunties, overenthusiastic family members, friends eager to go shopping and the stereotype mother-in-law.
A very light read which can be finished in a single sitting, Encounters of a Fat Bride is a light satire and a romantic read. The content is relatable with most women in India facing body-shaming by society. The book is a good mix of comedy, romance and sarcasm, the perfect combination for a Sunday afternoon read.