Book Review for: How I Became a Farmer's Wife by Yashodhara Lal
By SAMAMA, Nov 26 2018 10:27AM
I wasn’t exactly expecting to find anything captivating in ‘How I Became a Farmer’s Wife’ before starting it but I was surprised to find it quite hilarious after reading it. Probably because I could relate to their strict rules and troubles with my group of Indian friends very much. (My Indian friends had really strict rules in their childhood that were given to them by their parents, from waking up till going to sleep they always had such nicely structured schedules that I sometimes liked admiring them, but never personally bothered following through with their strict schedule myself, LOL!)
So this book was totally different from the books I read this year, and it had a touch of reality sprinkled with comical occurrences.
The characters were interesting. They were funny and oddly, I saw little parts of my childhood in the kids, even though I obviously wasn’t as bratty as them… or maybe I was… But how will know THAT?
I liked the way the farm and its atmosphere was described.
Though I must confess I felt like the story had been a little too stretched out between 100 to 200 pages. Other than that it was fine.
A 3 out of 5 stars for this novel.
About the story: Vijay’s unsuspecting wife Yashodhara is caught off guard when, tired of the rigors of city life, he actually buys seven cows and starts dairy farming! As if she didn't have enough going on already, what with her high-octane job, three children and multiple careers.
Plucked out of their comfortable urban existence in the steel-and-chrome high-rises of Gurgaon, the hapless family is thrown headfirst into a startlingly unfamiliar world, complete with cows and crops, multiple dogs and eccentric farmhands, a shrewd landlady 'Aunty' and the occasional rogue snake.