Friday, 22 January 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Bubble Wrap by Kalyani Rao


Twelve-year-old Krishna Singh has been married off to Shyam Singh of Rokhagadh, Rajasthan. Before the wedding, Krishna's grandmother gives her a box filled with exquisite jewellery, telling her to sell it in times of trouble, but otherwise to hide it from her parents and in-laws. Accompanied by Gudiya, the fifteen-year-old widow of her cousin, Krishna realises that her cold marital home is a far cry from the loving one she left behind. The world outside has modernized and is beamed via television into her home. But she is not allowed to go to school, instead a female tutor comes home to teach her. A dubious father-in-law, a husband away at boarding school, and a mousey mother-in-law clearly show Krishna what is a woman's place in this family. An unfortunate incident leads Krishna and Gudiya headlong into a series of events that change their lives forever. As they deal with one situation after another, the girls discover each other and learn much about the world they live in. Bubble Wrap is a story about their fight for survival against impossible odds in a shallow male-dominated society. 

BOOK REVIEW :- The story revolves around the protagonist Krishna Singh ,She was twelve years old on her wedding day.All her aunts and cousins got married when they were nine years old.
Before wedding, her grandmother her jewellery  box and said her to keep it safe & secret .
Krishna will be going to her father in law's house where she will have a lot of happiness and some misery too.

Another character in the story is Gudiya .Gudiya is the wife of her dead cousin. She is sixteen years old. Her mother in law ,had not spoken to her since that day when her cousin died in a accident.
Her husbands death took her life too.She wondered why she was  a bad omen.

Gudiya will be send along with Krishma to Rakhagadh & will take care of Gudiya till she turned fifteen.

Shyam Singh study at All boys International in Jaipur, he is in 8th grade.He lives in the school's boarding house & go to Rokhagadh for vacations.

There is a message written on the book cover - Sometimes the only way is escape. 

Few Lines From The Book :- 
“We were sleeping on the same bed with our backs to each other trying to imagine a new life.” 

“I was so jealous. I could compete against a dragon in a ‘breathing fire contest.” 

All together its Poignant and evocative. It allows us to view the life of child bride in a small town. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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