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“Nothing like a ride in a speeding ambulance and a hospital bed to put the fear of sickness in an old woman”
Shobhan Bantwal, through her novel, ‘The Full Moon Bride’ explores beyond family, culture and a husband. Siya Giri is a young Indian-American woman who has to choose between desire and tradition. After twelve rejections, it’s time Siya finds her perfect match. Siya must reconcile her burgeoning independence and her conservative background.
Established as a successful environmental lawyer, Siya remains a virgin living with her parents in New Jersey. Shobhan Bantwal has thoroughly explored the mindset of an Indian family settled abroad. It is time for Siya to choose between the intelligent, self-sustained Roger Vadepalli who finds Siya, the girl of his dreams and Lou, a widowed lawyer who is far from her family’s idea of an acceptable husband.
Though the plot takes off on a predictable note, the characters are quite intriguing. The psychology of the characters is well taken care of. The plot has an element of reality and a flavor of drama while the subject of arranged marriage has been well explored. Set in the background of New Jersey, Siya discerns that marriage is more than love and compatibility.
The reader is compelled to turn the page to know what has Siya finally decided to do with her life. However, the story gets little monotonous, as she is confused about the two men till the end. The climax could have had a better twist though the readers are convinced that she has taken the right decision for herself.
‘The Full Moon Bride’ is an absolutely eloquent story and does all the justice to the title. With a hot cup of coffee, this novel can be read with ease for the language is simple and conversational. It took 310 pages for Siya to make the right choice. Shobhan Bantwal is an extremely engaging and sensitively developed narrator. She is an author under the effect of whose pen; you as a reader are absolutely secure.
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