One of the most talked about book on Instagram 🙂
I had been reading a lot about this book since it was published & having read the author’s previous written – Just Married, Please Excuse I was looking forward to a light & humorous read.
Yashodhara , her husband, 3 kids – elder daughter Peanut & twin sons – papad & pickle, her father-in-law & their helps all live in Gurgaon. Both corporate slaves living the urban life. Vijay, Yashodhara’s husband has always been keen on farming which was established in Just Married, goes ahead & fulfills his dream in this one when his friend Achu agrees to be his Pardner. Thanks to Achu he is introduce to “Aunty” who rents them part of Aashram area for farming. And then begins the amazing roller-coaster ride of research, manpower search, cattle, farming equipment’s & multiple rides to the farm located on the outskirts of Gurgaon.
While Vijay is busy setting up with farm, procuring cattle, etc Y is struggling at her day-time job of a Brand Manager in a Tablet brand. Along with the job she is a Zumba instructor, learning Yoga, Music, an author & running the show at home. She takes us through her journey of life, struggles – at work, home, personal life, etc She loves multi-tasking but needs to calm down a little.
Like Vijay I also dream of owning a farmhouse, dogs, growing my own vegetables, etc. But this book was an eye opener & prepared me for the struggles one has to go through – preparing the land, manpower, selecting the cattle, machinery, etc At the farm you get introduced to the cattle – Meera – Vijay’s fav cow, Sudhir, Mobeen, his kids & others.
Slowly the farm is set & they decide to get a dog. Rani with her 4 puppies is welcomed by the family at the farm. The “Rani” aspect of the book is beautiful. The way the author narrates the emotions that everyone goes through when they enter into their lives, the bond each one including the kids share with each one of them is beautiful. What follows next is how actually tedious is the whole process of running a farm when you stay away from it, the struggles you face physically, mentally & emotionally. And how its feels to loose someone you love.
While reading this I felt I was living with Y & her family, I was part of it. The narration is so simple & smooth that you feel its actually happening around you. Every character is well defined & through her writing the author keeps you absolutely engaged except for few parts. Absolutely relatable, this is one book that I will recommend for a sure.