Sugar and Spice by Sonali Punj Singh is a contemporary romantic novel around a two strangers how meet and gradually fall in love. In a patriarchal society, the bride’s family is judged on the basis of gifts they offer to groom’s family. The blooming love falls under endless criticizes from their families, their misunderstandings creates battlefield between family, love and ego.
The couple tolerates the unknown faces of each family members and are totally upside down with mannerism they receive. The bride-to-be .is in fix due to the patriarchal thinking of the her would be husband and feels hesitant about her decision and choice of marrying. The girl starts to analyze her destiny of what it has stored in for her. Sidelining the criticism, improper attitude from their families, the couple takes a bold step to push forward their romantic life, despite of all the drama.
Our protagonists, Radha and Kartik, are two strangers who are successful in their lives and meet for an alliance of marriage between them. They soon get engaged but this engagement bought a lot of false notion on Radha’s family and their culture. However, in the course of time, love knocks at their door and steadily blooms. The couple becomes close that make them cross boundaries to feel the love, meeting secretly & going on dates. But this closeness, is objected by Kartik’s family, especially his mother Bindu. and start doubting Radha’s characters. The extended relatives are pretty jealous of Radha’s modernity. they feel, it’s just the ill-results educating a daughter more than expected. The patriarchy phenomenon is bought beautifully in pages. Who would win in a war between love and ego?
The story is power packed with drama and somewhere I felt it could have been a part of Indian daily soap opera. The book is pretty slow in terms of narration. It narrates the story in third person. I liked the well-crafted characters introduced in the book. I took a pretty long time reading it and there were editing errors too.
The story portrays the strength of males in the society. It shows how groom’s family till date carry the power in an alliance with their ego. The language is VERY lucid. If you’re a beginner than it would a good read.