Love, That Shit!

Apr 3, 2014

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When an old couple were asked how they managed to stay together for 65 years the woman replied, “We were born in a time, where if something was broke. You fixed it… not throw it away”. This piece of wisdom was making rounds in social networks sometime back and it had me pondering about it now and then. Love, that Shit by Chandru bhojwani is a light-hearted take on both fixing and throwing away as the case needs be. It is neither cliched nor preachy. It lets you step back a little and look at your relationships with renewed perspective and sense. Every chapter starts with a nice and apt quote followed by the author`s humorous and mature handling of the content. I really liked the way the author points out issues like high expectations and less tolerance. Another credit to the author is that he spoke for both gender without indulging in any over-hyped feministic theories.

Talking about the turn-offs, as the blurb says, the book is a mix-tape which gives you the freedom of reading random and quick(I read from start to end) but at the same time it makes it feel less like a book and more like a group of related articles. A liberal dose of references to books adds to this feel. And thanks to the never ending supply of forwards,shares and tweets about stereotyping and categorization of `this and that`, the Chapters on MIL and Daddy didn't work for me. I found them too typical to be humorous. Though I liked the idea of collective wisdom represented as a person, the author could have named him(Anonymous Ravi) more creatively. Also, there were few places and/or chapters(like the chapter on observations, the pregnant husband to name a few) that didn`t fit in.
Overall, I would say this book is a collection of pretty pearls that would have looked prettier had it been strung together.
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