Glitter and Gloss
Author: Vibha Batra
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Blurb (as on Goodreads):
Misha is a make up artist who, after a series of mishaps and twists and turns, falls madly in love with Akshay who reciprocates her love with ardour. The only hitch in this perfect romance is her prospective sister-in-law who thinks Misha is everything a Bahu shouldn’t be: garrulous, geeky, gawky, gainfully employed (especially the last bit). The questions is will Misha win Didi (and the Kha-Pee Panchayat) over with her Stepford Wife Act? Will she continue to be the poster child for the inherent evils of the Bahu Brigade? Or will she learn to ‘lau’ herself before the whole world and its wife can do the same?
Misha aka kish-mish aka Mishkin is a chirpy, hyperventilating, MAC addict, makeup artist. Akshay Agarwal owns jewelry shops in Mumbai and Dubai. Not only rich, he is also deliciously handsome. Misha and Akshay kiss in a party, and then fall in love. That’s the simple part. The interesting character in the story is Akshay’s elder sister, a typical madwadi woman. She is orthodox and has a strict set of principles. Principles that can cause havoc in Misha’s life. Hence Mish makes a series of blunders in order to prove that she can be the perfect “Agarwal-bahu”.
Glitter and Gloss is a hilarious 200 pages read and all of this because of the writing style. Its sassy with a little over the top drama. There are thoughts penned down which goes through every super-excited-about-everything person’s mind. The characters are ‘specimens’ and they will keep you engrossed until the end. Fast-paced and all jazzed up, there’s a lot of Satya Paul and Louis Vuitton going on throughout. There’s also a lot of M.A.C making appearances too. (On second thoughts, this book can be your guide to buy M.A.C products without wrecking your brains, at least for an amateur! JK :P)
Talking about disappointments, there’s the plot. I wasn’t satisfied with what was served to me. The plot is like any other saas-bahu story. But all of it is covered up with the perfect concealer (Yeah, Writing style again).
Vibha Batra has laid down a world of glamour and shown that “All that is gold does not glitter”. The presentation is impressive and right on point. Pick this book up when you want to have a good laugh and hear a love story at the same time.
Oh! BTW Misha has my ❤ because I can see a little bit of myself in her 😉
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