Book Review #23: Unravelling Anjali

Name: Unravelling Anjali
Author: Nim Gholkar
No. of Pages: 357
Genre: General Fiction
Price: Rs. 299/-
Published in: 2014

The blurb of the book says:
1998 Australia. Anjali Jathar is looking forward to life as an immigrant bride following her arranged marriage to ambitious divorcee Ravi. Settling in, she explores not just a new culture but also her new found freedom. But life is less than perfect. Ravi’s constant travel and preoccupation with work leave Anjali feeling increasingly unloved and lonely.

Enter Jake Ellis. Charmed by Anjali’s exoticism, he finds himself gradually falling in love with her. And so begins an emotionally intoxicating roller-coaster ride.
‘Unravelling Anjali’ is a cross cultural tale delving into love, lust and relationships. What happens if a woman meets her soul mate after marriage…and it’s not her husband?

A riveting read, ‘Unravelling Anjali’ is a vivid portrayal of commitment, betrayal and the struggle to find one’s identity in a foreign land.

About the author:

Nim Gholkar was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She graduated in English Literature from University of Bombay, Mumbai before moving to Australia in 1996. Her blog Nim s Niche is a kaleidoscope of musings on life and its many reflections. She loves traveling, reading, playing badminton and singing karaoke. Unravelling Anjali is her debut novel. Nim lives in Sydney with her husband, three children and a lovable Rhodesian Ridgeback called Cody.

To know more about Nim, visit: 

Facebook page: Nim Gholkar
Twitter: @NGholkar

Cover: The cover is bright and eye-catching in orange showing the back of a girl. The back is made up of puzzle pieces which are yet to be put in place.

Writing: The narrative is in the form of a diary of the protagonist. Anjali.

Story: The plot is not really complicated but straight and credible. An Indian bride, Anjali, married to a divorced NRI, Ravi arrives in Australia with hopes and dreams of love and excitement. But she finds that her husband is an authoritarian workaholic and spends most of his traveling and working. His Indian friends become Anjali’s friends too. Unexpectedly, Ravi’s ex-Australian wife Anne also becomes good friends with Anjali. The book is about Anjali’s journey of how she sorts herself out in a new land.

The plot is familiar but fresh. The characters pulled out from real life, the story can be true as well. I enjoyed the book and nowhere did I feel any portion had been over or underdone. In short, a good book.

I give “Unravelling Anjali” 4 stars on a scale of 5.

2 thoughts on “Book Review #23: Unravelling Anjali

  1. Just finished my review of this book at my blog. Can't agree more to 'It's not over or under done anywhere'. I liked how the author has focused on other relationships as well rather than concentrating on the characters of Ravi and Jake alone. Glad to have found your blog. I've subscribed and following via twitter. Nandhini


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