book review the ineligible bachelors by ruchita misra

Book Review: The (In)Eligible Bachelors by Ruchita Misra

The plot of Ruchita Misra’s ‘The (In)Eligible Bachelors’ seem similar to To Err is Human by Swarupa Chavan and many other Chicklit novels.

For some reason I ended up ordering the book, should have got it from the library that way I don’t have to waste time thinking about ways to dispose it all like some dead body.

Anyways, let’s find out about ‘The (In)Eligible Bachelors’…..

Genre: Chick-Lit.

Main Characters: Kasturi Shukla

‘The Ineligible Bachelors by Ruchita Misra’ ~~ Synopsis:

24 years old Kasturi has just finished her MBA and wants to find a job. But her mother has her own ideas like she wants to see her only daughter married as soon as possible.

As soon as Kasturi comes back home from the hostel and her mother starts groom hunting.

Kasturi’s mother is somewhat disappointed that her daughter didn’t bring a prospective son-in-law in tow. To escape her mother’s constant matchmaking attempts, Kasturi soon finds a job in Delhi and moves there.

But to her disappointment, her mother manages to arrange “girl-seeing” ceremonies, even in Delhi quite effectively and often. To keep her mother happy, Kasturi like an obedient daughter goes along with it all.

In between going on dates with prospective grooms picked by her mother, Kasturi falls head over heels in love with her charming boss, Rajeev Mehrotra.

On one such arranged date, Kasturi meets Dr. Purva Diskshit, an average looking and brooding guy. She does not like him much at first as he seems too serious and boring. Also, their mothers end up fighting with each other.

But somehow Kasturi and Purva manage to become and stay friends. While he stays in the background, occasionally making an appearance in her life here and there, Kasturi’s mother finds out about her budding romance with Rajeev.

Just like any other good Indian mother, Kasturi’s mother tries to blackmail her daughter into giving up the idea of settling with Rajeev

But her mother gives her blessings to the relationship after a little drama.

Before the marriage could be solemnized, Kasturi’s finds out the reason behind Rajeev’s constant absence from her side especially whenever she needs him the most.

Her friends Ananya and Varun help her. In the end Kasturi abruptly decides to marry Purva.


Where to begin? I have already mentioned that the plot of ‘The (In)Eligible Bachelors’ is somewhat like that of that horror show ‘To Err is Human’.

But there’s one big difference: while ‘The (In)Eligible Bachelors’ entertained and at times threw in funny situations, ‘To Err is Human’ has nothing to offer.

Kasturi’s abrupt decision to marry Purva is another stupidity in common with ‘To Err is Human.’

The author’s writing style is somewhat interesting and witty one-liners manage to keep the interest going for a while.

Besides humor, the author has nothing new to offer regarding arrange marriage tradition/institution and Indian parents’ obsession with marrying their wards to life-partners of their choice. The cover art is simple and somewhat attractive.

‘The (In)Eligible Bachelors’ is not the kind of story you would enjoy the second time. You could enjoy it the first time if you have nothing better to read that is. It’s not terrible, but it’s not good either.

Okay read, same old topic and certainly not good enough to keep in a collection of books that you’d feel proud of.

I wish I hadn’t bought it on an impulse. I don’t even know what I was thinking.

Hit or Miss: Okay.

Ratings: 2stars/5.

Buy: Amazon

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