The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma

The Private Life of Mrs Sharma Renuka Sharma is a dutiful wife mother and daughter in law holding the fort in a modest rental in Delhi while her husband tries to rack up savings in Dubai Working as a receptionist and committed to

  • Title: The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma
  • Author: Ratika Kapur
  • ISBN: 9781408873649
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • Renuka Sharma is a dutiful wife, mother, and daughter in law holding the fort in a modest rental in Delhi while her husband tries to rack up savings in Dubai Working as a receptionist and committed to finding a place for her family in the New Indian Dream of air conditioned malls and high paid jobs at multi nationals, life is going as planned until the day she strikes upRenuka Sharma is a dutiful wife, mother, and daughter in law holding the fort in a modest rental in Delhi while her husband tries to rack up savings in Dubai Working as a receptionist and committed to finding a place for her family in the New Indian Dream of air conditioned malls and high paid jobs at multi nationals, life is going as planned until the day she strikes up a conversation with an uncommonly self possessed stranger at a Metro station Because while Mrs Sharma may espouse traditional values, India is changing all around her, and it wouldn t be the end of the world if she came out of her shell a little, would it With equal doses of humour and pathos, The Private Life of Mrs Sharma is a sharp eyed examination of the clashing of tradition and modernity, from a dramatic new voice in Indian fiction.

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    1. “I have too many fantasies to be a housewife. I guess I am a fantasy.”----Marilyn MonroeRatika Kapur, an India writer, pens a heart felt and very intimate tale of a middle aged married woman's life and thoughts in her upcoming book, The Private Life of Mrs Sharma in which the author weaves a compelling story about a mid-aged North Indian married woman with a teenage son and a husband working offshore in Dubai, who when meets a handsome stranger on her way to work, begins a forbidden companio [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book. It's a very quick read but more complex than the simple writing style would suggest. There's a lot of subtext in the writing, and with the first-person narration, the reader knows the character is not always being honest with herself, even though she seems to think she is. There are social themes at play here, particularly for women raising children and taking care of family members. There's a darkness to it too that I liked, and some risque passages considering the c [...]

    3. Mrs. Sharma is a cutesy , plucky lady.She is 37, lives with her aged in laws and 15 year old son Bobby, who dreams of being a chef, though Mrs. Sharma who is a receptionist to an OBGyn specialist has higher hopes for him. Her husband, a physiotherapist is working in the Middle East for monetary purposes. Mrs Sharma becomes friendly with a young man in the metro station and the friendship grows. Her narrative ensues, focussing upon herself and her life, along with many musings of a general kind. [...]

    4. WOW. So much to unpack. Definitely not a “likeable” protagonist, more along the lines of EILEEN by Ottessa Moshfegh. The last 10% changed the game for me. Not a perfect book or a protagonist you necessarily want to root for but definitely one that will never leave me.

    5. A knockout novella about motherhood and the inner life of a duty-bound single mom doing unprecedented things for a 'respectable' woman, soaring on the wings of a rationalized modernity.

    6. It took me the first chapter to figure out why the writing seemed so stiff and wooden.d then ting-tong my slow brain finally realized that it is the character speaking not the writer. The book is written in first person and after a point I actually felt like I was sitting in the office canteen at lunch and listening to someone familiar confiding in me and hearing what she was not saying. The story of a middle-middle class middle-aged lady Renuka Sharma trying to make sure that her son gets to be [...]

    7. I picked this one going by the ratings and to be honest I'm highly disappointed. It was an easy read but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. The story is about Mrs. Sharma who's husband moved to Dubai for work and she's living with her son and in-laws. Mrs. Sharma comes across a guy named Vineet on metro station and this meet turns into a good friendship. They start meeting often and eventually end up in bed. She hides the fact that she's married and has a son who's a teenager. She feels that i [...]

    8. Sigh. I really wanted to like this book, especially since I read it was a "hidden gem" of some sort. I'm also very into South Asian and Persian books right now, so I wanted to learn a few things about that region's culture. But Mrs. Sharma just rambles, which, to be fair, is just her voice; it is a first-person narration after all. The writing was meh. I probably gleaned a couple of insights, but that's about it.So, I usually like "quiet" books with subtle but deeply affecting surprises, like in [...]

    9. I took a little while to warm up to this book, Mrs Sharma talking to herself in the tone wasn't working for me initially but there was something that stopped me from giving up and I am glad I continued because once I got used to the tone I actually quite enjoyed the book. The secret life of Mrs Sharma is about a housewife who is torn between the conservative upbringing she has had and the contemporary ideas she is absorbing while working at a doctors clinic in Delhi. Somewhere between a husband [...]

    10. “When people say, ‘Oh, look at that woman, she is so bold,’ what are they saying? Actually, the only thing that they are saying is that she is not scared to make certain types of decisions.”- Mrs. Renuka Sharma, protagonist from The Private Life of Mrs. SharmaWhat happens when a married woman, living with her son and in-laws tries to go out and live a little? The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma by Ratika Kapur is a story about Mrs. Renuka Sharma. She has a son, 16-year-old Bobby and lives wi [...]

    11. A surprise of a novel! Slow pace and quiet writing. But Mrs. Sharma packs a punch. Her character is delightfully surprising and just has layers and layers to it. Such a well crafted commentary on a society we know too well. I could not put this book down.

    12. The story of a middle-class wife in modern Delhi, who is absolutely determined to see herself as perfectly normal, even as her circumstances get more and more out of control. The book is told in first-person present-tense, and Mrs Sharma's voice is absolutely gripping, making it very hard to stop reading. Here she is describing herself:Still, I know that I have to be careful not to take a wrong step. That is why I always say to Bobby, Watch your step. Watch each and every step you take. People w [...]

    13. I loved this book so much that I actually couldn't keep it down. It also made me feel very emotional inside, which is a nice - and rare- quality in a book! I felt myself empathising with the sort of character who in real life I'd probably judge (the dutiful bahu trope). The plot twist at the end was certainly unexpected, but the ending was quite nice. Also enjoyed the glimpse of the Delhi I love and inhabit (instead of the more usual Chandni Chowkesque depiction; which I'm sure is lovely but som [...]

    14. I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.'Renuka Sharma is a dutiful wife, mother, and daughter-in-law holding the fort in a modest rental in Delhi while her husband tries to rack up savings in Dubai. Working as a receptionist and committed to finding a place for her family in the New Indian Dream of air-conditioned malls and high paid jobs at multi-nationals, life is going as planned until the day she strikes up a conversation with an uncommonly self-pos [...]

    15. Bought the book after I read her interview in The Hindu. The story as the book's title states is the private life of Mrs. Sharma. The protagonist, on whose voice the book is set, is caught between traditional Indian upbringing and the modernity she sees around her. She is a middle-class lady who is too grounded in her reality, to the point of being ignorant to everything else around her. The way she protects her husband from the unpleasant truth about her son, or the way she protects her own min [...]

    16. This is a fascinating story that is told through the eyes of one woman, Mrs. Sharma, as she revisits events in her life between 7th May to 31st August. It felt cosy like she was telling just me about her life over a cup of coffee, an intimate moment between her and myself the reader. This was done by the way the author Ritika Kapur used certain phrases with Mrs Sharma leaving questions hung, not needing an answer. There are moments of light comedy in this story of duty, love and tragedy, in an I [...]

    17. This is a perfect work of fiction that inspires one to write. The way tension is built up, right up to the last page, is an amazing achievement in itself. And the icing on this cake is the depth in the characterization of all the principal characters. To me what stood out was the constant shift in Mrs Sharma's position regarding different things as the novel progresses and her efforts to rationalize these shifts. Even though one can guess from the beginning that her future is doomed, her waverin [...]

    18. Mrs Sharma spends a lot of time thinking inwardly about her choices, her options and her actions. She dearly loves her son and her family and whilst she is happy to deviate a little from the norm and justify her actions a hundred different ways, she will not let anything get in the way of her perceived normality. I didn't see the ending coming and was gobsmacked.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC for an honest review.

    19. The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma, Ratika KapurI chanced upon this novel because it is a part of a course that I have taken up. Otherwise I am not so sure if I would have read this book. As the title suggests, the novel narrates the journey of one Mrs. Renuka Sharma--her sentimental middle class life with lofty ambitions and everyday sacrifices that a homemaker has to make in an overtly conservative Indian society. I have not read any other book of Ratika Kapur. So I am not sure whether she genera [...]

    20. Despite atrocious violence in recent months, India’s vibrant publishing industry has discovered some fantastic writers, and occasionally some of those success stories become one of the country’s most brilliant exports. Fresh off the gravy train of success from her debut novel, Overwinter, which was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, Kapur brings us the story of a middle-class Indian housewife whose life’s focus is her family and their well-being, until she meets a handsome strang [...]

    21. This is a very quirky book about a married woman whose husband she had convinced to work in Dubai so they can have money for the education of their son etc She works as a receptionist in a wealthy doctor's office. She has plans and ideas for the future that are probably not very realistic. Her son does not wish to get an MBA but wants to be a Chef she is totally isolated as she was an only child and her parents are dead Her mother in law and father in law live with her but she does not seem to i [...]

    22. This first person narrative captured me and despite the continued gradual twisted twists in her thinking I continued along with it as it almost seemed as natural to me as it was to her (ok, not quite but, I still enjoyed the journey). This captures Indian culture and I loved her voice.My full review: elleisforliterature.c

    23. Oh my god, this book is SO good, it is scathing, biting, has an unreliable narrator and makes pointed observations on motherhood, marriage and being the perfect daughter. JUST READ IT K?

    24. This short book packs a big punch. I have always been very fascinated by Indian culture-particularly as it relates to women. This first person account of the modern Indian woman's battle between tradition and the modern world, at first appears light hearted, but there is a lot of darkness that sneaks out between the pages. Mrs. Sharma is the classic unreliable narrator. I really enjoyed the parts that dealt with her 15 year old son. This is not a book for everyone but if you are interested in In [...]

    25. Debut book about a northern Indian woman who meets a stranger on a train, and peruses a relationship while her husband is out of country working. She has a 15 year old son and lives with her in-laws. The book was short, moved along fairly well, but the bottom dropped out with the abrupt ending that didn't fit at all with the woman who was central to the book. I thought a lot of the book was a contrast of the traditional vs. modern India and how Mrs. Sharma fit in.

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