Wrong, for the right reasons by Ritu Lalit

Have you read this very readable book about a young woman who couldn’t live with a cheating spouse and decided to go back to her parents’ home?

It’s real and begins with all that prevents Indian women from walking out of abusive marriages, and goes on, grippingly, to what might follow if they are left with no options.

Since it is real, how can it not include male child preference and all that it entails, and yet, what had to be a traumatic experience is dealt with delightful humour and amazing positivity. And it’s set in India – the characters felt familiar.

Wrong, for the right reasons by Ritu Lalit

I read it in one go, cancelling a meeting with friends.

I disagreed with the stereotyping…

‘I admire men; they come pre-installed with a Get-Set-Go machine in their mind unlike us women who have to first freak out, cry, vent and then get going.’

But Ritu Lalit kind of makes up for the stereotyping with an honest and frank look at the society. And with plenty of humour.

‘Give us a bad woman driver who rams into a divider that sat in the middle of a road, minding its own business and we will dine out on that story for years.  If, God forbid, we witness a wardrobe malfunction, we’ll declare a national holiday’

“Mama’s upbringing had been stern and it had ingrained in me the tendency of being bullied.”

“Strange how compliments can dictate our tastes, we are a needy species.”

Some reviews on goodreads.com



11 thoughts on “Wrong, for the right reasons by Ritu Lalit

    • I like short reads. This one was interesting, predictable but a tad lengthy. The stories were well told – the one of relationships going wrong, the one a teen girl making life hard for all etc. I particularly liked her short blurb at the beginning of every chapter -the one on frenemy was super cool!

      The best part – the book talks of stinky farts, of all things we choose to sweep around the carpet – broken relationships, one-night stands due to vengence, non-indian girlfriends, alternative career choices, being friendly with the other woman (blasphemous) and the nagging relative we all have but choose to ignore!

      I’ll surely pick up Ritu’s books again! Thanks for the recco.


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