Book review: 50 Cups of Coffee by Khushnuma Daruwala

Author: Khushnuma Daruwala

Genre: Non-fiction

No. of pages: 196

Published on: 15th May 2017

Published by: Penguin Random House India

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★★★/5

"Whoever or whatever makes you laugh a lot invariably evokes a huge amount of attachment and clinging. This invariably triggers expectations, which in turn, lead to disappointments."

Blurb (as taken from

A rip-roaring and charming account of dating in India.
Dating is an undeniably daunting task, especially when you are looking for the real deal to settle down with. So when Dia, a 30-something woman, signs up on a dating website for people looking to get married, she realizes just how delightful, vexing, amusing and befuddling looking for the perfect husband can be. Based on her real-life experiences, this book is not a guide to dating, but rather a delightful collection of meeting potential partners, epiphanies about them and soul-searching questions that will make you see relationships without your rose-tinted glasses of love.
Particularly pertinent to this age of online dating, hilarious, honest and witty, this delicious-as-a-cappuccino book is for all those looking for love, in love or in between. With advice as sage (gained the hard way) as that in He’s Just Not That Into You and scenarios as funny and outrageous as those in Sex and the City, 50 Cups of Coffee is the perfect book to curl up with when a suitable bae is not available.

Writing style:

Khushnuma Daruwala's book on modern Indian dating is a beautifully scripted platter of numerous dating accounts of her friend Dia. The author has blended sarcasm, irony and dating tips in a perfect composition. When I was reading the book I felt that the author was sitting right in front of me and telling me all the dating tales that her friend went through. The book is written in the most lighthearted manner, dating accounts that you will surely enjoy just like you enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

About the book:

There are a number of things that I would like to point out about this light read.

The book does not serve as a guide book for dating. It is simply a collection of scary, stupefying, hilarious, run-before-you-lose-your-chance dating experiences. You must read about these.

50 Cups of Coffee can be read by everyone. It doesn't matter if you are a boy or a girl, a college student or a retiree, or if you are dating anyone or not dating anyone. If you want a bit of an insight of the current dating standard in India or even if you don't, go pick up this book. This won't bore you.

Every chapter ends with a small piece of dating advice. This piece covers the entire chapter like a summary. But wait. This piece of advice comes in the most sarcastic way that will surely put a smile on your face.

The cover of the book is really really attractive. So while you are reading this book, you may often find yourself admiring the quirky cover of this book. Well, if you are one of those 'I-judge-a-book-by-its-cover' sort of a person, then this book is not going to disappoint you. Go ahead and read this to enlighten your skeptical minds about dating in India.

About the author:

After exciting childhood dreams that vacillated between astronomy, zoo keeping and diving with great white sharks, Khushnuma eventually settled for something a tad tamer-advertising. Six years ago, while on a sabbatical, she rediscovered her love for writing something more than creative briefs and PowerPoint presentations. Advertising and writing apart, she is extremely passionate about animal welfare, sustainability and of course, regular sabbaticals.

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.


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