I laid my hands on this must read book and I could not put it down! The cover itself had me intrigued and the title promised a laugh riot. Upon closer inspection and a few pages in, I realized ‘laugh riot’ is a gross understatement for this tome! As I flipped through the pages of Kanta Bai Pvt Ltd by Payal Mittal Talwar, I found myself guffawing at episodes that could have been straight from my own life. And I am sure I was not the only who felt that way!
Kanta Bai is the quintessential character in most homes – a metaphor for the maid on whom every self respecting Indian home must hinge. While we give plenty of credit to the maid, do we give enough credit to the woman who epitomizes the establishment and all that we know as Kanta Bai Pvt Ltd?
This is the start point of a book that gives a pat on the back to mothers striving to do it all and home makers who can’t seem to get it right! Starting from kids to pets and everything in between, the author has brought in a plethora of rib tickling chapters and even funnier characters. She has seamlessly combined humor with insight to create a book that can pick you up from your lowest lows. I especially liked the writing style of Payal Mittal Talwar – direct, funny and warm. In fact, warmth will embrace you with each page you turn – such is the theme of the book.
Another thing that I really liked about the book is that it is not predictable at all. Kanta Bai Pvt Ltd is the story of every modern mom who is trying to juggle work and home. Yet, it also brings in some great twists and turns which make it a page turner. And more than anything else, it is a refreshing and real take on women and their role – refreshing because it is a departure from the usual bra burning style stories of feminist ‘triumphs’.
Style and technique have seamlessly met in the author’s rendition of motherhood. In fact, the writing is so fluid and well worded for a first time author that I cannot wait for her future books. I see Kanta Bai Pvt Ltd as the stepping stone for great literary success. So if you are looking for a light yet insightful read, count Kanta Bai Pvt Ltd as your new age mommy bible! Buy it right here!