When I first read about the book, it reminded me of the movie “Everybody says I am fine” where the main protagonist is a hair stylist and can read what the person is thinking while cutting the hair. While no such thing happens in the book with Tuki, the book is filled with small nuggets about all aspects of running a salon and includes a decent share on the customers, their thought process etc.
The story starts in “Nancy Factory”, an upmarket and one of THE hair salons of Mumbai which was started by predictably someone called Nancy and where now Tuki, Rene and Jene (nancy’s daughters) work as hair stylists.
The book takes us through the emotions and the struggle of Tuki so well while she deals with trying to make a mark of her own in the industry and yet holds on to her relationships. It takes us the politics of relationship and work, takes us to through the mind of a girl who is lost and trying to get the bearings of her life back.
The book is laced with humor and wit, which is so categorically Parul’s style and yet seemed to have matured. If you have read the author’s previous work as well as her blog you will know what I am talking about. The other thing that I loved about the book was how well the characters were defined and how they felt real. One could easily identify with Tuki, the middle class who has so many dreams and is desperately trying to fit herself in Mumbai fashion, Tuki’s stay at home dad who is somewhere trying to defy the notion that all stay at home dad’s are useless. Brenda, a new mother who is just not able to deal with motherhood and life away from home.
The book by far according to me is Parul’s best work yet, Parul dear you just raised the bar and the expectations from your next book.
Go grab this one, for a easy yet brilliant read
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