'Bachelor’s Marriage' by Akshat Solanki revolves around the story of Sujay, the protagonist, his fiancée, Jyothi, and his love interest, Gunjan.
I liked this novel for its take on Rajasthani marriage customs and traditions. Description of Rajasthan and the culture followed there has been depicted well.
The novel has an enjoyable humour quotient; when Jyothi claims Gunjan to be her best friend and Sujay wonders, “This confused me since neither of them had obviously shared their biggest secret – me.” The examination hall scene with Himani was indeed funny.
I finished reading this novel at a single stretch because I was too curious to know the ending. Stuck between two girls in a complicated plot, I just wanted to know as to how Sujay would get out of this mess! The ending was totally unexpected but it did help the main lead in a big way and it also kept up the balance in the story. I did like the ending which solved all the problems in a jiffy.
Characterization of Sujay is reasonably good; a teenager obsessed with his looks and hair, he is a good son, religious, well-mannered, an entrepreneur with good knowledge of business at a very young age. His thinking and opinion about marriage and love is just like the thinking of any other teenager of his age!
Weak points: There is no “True Love” in this novel. The relationship Sujay shares with Jyothi and Gunjan is nothing but friendship, it isn’t love. Probably, Sujay has a teenage crush on either of them or just an infatuation but not love. Love happens only once, if it happens a second time, then remember that you were never in love the first time! And of-course loving two girls at the same time and having equal feelings for both of them is impossible; it looks like the love we have for our friends rather than the love for a soul-mate!
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