Imperfect Marriages

Fiction - Social Issues
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 06/27/2019
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Author Biography

'IMPERFECT MARRIAGES' has touched some of the difficulties that females in Indian society face. It is a story about an elderly couple and it revolves around their family and friends. This is not just a story but every part of it can be connected with what we see, hear or feel in our lives. This novel is for all the wonderful people who try to work things out and for those who are trying to create magic in their relationship. Its about love, dating, extra-marital affair, compromise, sacrifice and feeling of belonging. It is about imperfectly perfect relationships.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Imperfect Marriages by Dr. Manisha Kumari Deep is an interesting story that explores the theme of marriage and family dynamics in India and looks at the minds and thoughts of parents about their children. The narrative features a cast of interesting characters, with Mrs. Prabhakar taking center stage. She is the one person most women go to for answers when faced with family and marital issues. When the story begins, she is with a woman she's helped before, Mehrunisa, whose dream of marrying her child into a good family comes true. But there are many others like Sonya with a strong dilemma, torn between abortion and giving birth to her fourth child. As this woman helps others, she soon comes to the startling realization that her children are having problems of their own. Can she translate the saying that 'charity begins at home' into a reality for her family?

This novel is focused and I had the strong feeling that the author wrote it to provoke reflection on the challenges of courtship, family, and marriage in typical Indian society and what happens with the changing landscapes. While I wanted more flesh on the characters and a more colorful setting, the author did a wonderful job in exploring issues that are real and that confront many families. The drama is rich and it adds great taste to the reading experience. The chapters are short, often beginning with the protagonist having tea, or watching the news, or having a conversation with her husband and then there's a knock on the door or a phone call. Imperfect Marriages is thought-provoking, a simply written story that invites readers to reflect on the place of marriage in society and the challenges of meaningful relationship experiences.

Gisela Dixon

Imperfect Marriages by Dr. Manisha Kumari Deep is a novel set in contemporary India and is about human relationships, and especially relationships between couples. In this book, we mainly learn about events from the point of view of Mrs. Prabhakar, a typical elderly Indian woman living in an urban Indian city with her husband, where both her children are married and settled abroad, outside of India. The book is divided into many chapters, each titled as a person’s name, and each chapter details the story or relationship of that particular person. Thus, we hear about relationship or marriage problems that the young people in this novel are facing, whether going through a divorce, remarriage, dating, going against their parents’ wishes to marry, unwanted pregnancies, and more. During the course of this book, we also learn about problems closer to home in her own children's lives that Mrs. Prabhakar is facing.

Imperfect Marriages is ultimately a story about the changing viewpoints and lifestyles of the younger generation versus the older generation. Although we hear the story mostly from the older woman’s perspective in India, the younger generation and their problems and challenges are also presented in a very realistic manner. I liked the character portrayal of Mrs. Prabhakar who comes across as a typical, middle-class Indian woman in urban India, and I found the overall novel to be engaging and interesting. The author touches upon the generation gap and modern-day relationships well and I enjoyed reading it.