Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Review: Wise Enough To Be Foolish by Gauri Jayaram

Personal life is always an interesting account of events and experiences that you encounter throughout the life. Some pen it down to keep it as a memoir and some try to remember the time which gives them either extreme pleasure or pain out of it. Author Gauri Jayaram in her debut book "Wise Enough To Be Foolish" tries to capture some of the moments of her own life for the readers to understand assess their own and learn a few things too in the process. So is this personal memoir an inspiration? Let's find out. 

Wise Enough to Be Foolish is a fictionalized memoir that traces the journey of an Indian girl’s life, with all its challenges and delightful surprises, as she blossoms from an insecure child into a confident young woman. This roller-coaster ride of adventure, laughter and heartache, as she balances her love life with her struggle for independence, will keep you guessing – What rules will she break next? How far will she go to find herself? 

First look at the title and the cover and readers are in for an attractive title and a cover image which goes well with the tagline of the book. It's a true story and the bag in the hands depicts the no. of experiences and memoirs which has been collected over the time and are about to be spilled out. The blurb talks about life of a person which is going to be the main theme of the story. The blurb is a good one but a character's name in it would have given an apt outline. 

The story is about Gauri and her life which is in all sorts of trouble be it love, relationships, boy friends, marriages, careers, satisfaction, judging people etc. She is put to test every time there is thought that things are fine now. She has to find a way out of it and stand up to the test thrown by god. So will she be able to overcome all the hurdles? What has life in store for her? Will she be happy or be alone? That's what the story is all about. 

It's a fictional memoir with a descriptive account of young Indian girl. A lot of everyday problems concerning a person has been highlighted in the story beautifully. The story emphasizes on all sorts of emotions be it love, failures, family, friends etc. All the aspects related to a life has been covered pretty well in the book. The hype and the excitement has been used to a very good effect in the book. The mistakes made and lessons learnt are the central point in this book. 

The downside of the book is it's second half where it's all about marriage and in the end a lot of things feel left out. It gives a bit of dragged feeling towards the end. The narration goes dull in the second half. 

The book overall is a good true story and there are a few things to learn or adapt from this book for a reader. It's a great account and it has its own charm. The story is held together well but it slows down a lot. Over all it's a nice experience to be part of somebody's life through the medium of a book. 


3 OUT OF 5

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