In India, a ‘good news ‘which means the arrival of a baby doesn’t always spread the same amount of joy to our strict judgmental society. When someone conceives at the right time and age with a happily married life, it’s a sign of joy but when a woman decides to go out of the way to become a single mother she faces the criticism and is basically ‘badnaam-ed’ by society.
The Terrible Horrible Very Bad Good News by Meghna Pant takes us through the life of Ladoo, who decides to conceive through IVF and how her life becomes chaotic by the stereotypic thoughts and judgements that add on to her ‘divorcee and pregnant’ stigma. She is felt like a sinner for choosing to be a single mother.
I heard this book on Audible narrated by Riddhi Dave and this book has all the feel good laughter therapy moments that a reader could crave for after a heavy or disappointing read. I laughed my way out like no one’s watching while listening to the book. This book is written and narrated with a typical Indian flavor.
There’s drama, emotions, laughter and sarcastic commentary that would keep its readers excited with no scopes of regret.
Meghna Pant does an appreciable work to bring out a stereotypic stigma like motherhood and pregnancy with such humour and seriousness all balanced and punched at the right moment.
Since it was my first experience with an audiobook and I wished to hear something easy to comprehend, I loved the narration of this book. The characters and plot entered my head as easily as a Bollywood film. I loved Riddhi Dave’s oration that made me feel every single sentence placing me in the characters’ shoes.
The spine of the book is although heavy but the author graces her readers with some light senses too in between which are smooth and heartfelt, for example, like the parts where Ladddo needs to take a firm decision on being a single mother and Tamara, her sister supports her immensely. I also felt a hard pang in my heart when the mother of the protagonist wasn’t accepting her daughter’s pregnancy obviously because so the social gossip spread around. These were the parts I could connect. Also, I loved every bit of the humour.
The author, Meghna Pant’s book is of course a page-turner and never loses its true detailing and objective. The author is creative and her visionary shows in every single chapter of the book.
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