Book review | Bathinda to Bangkok by Vibha Batra

Author: Vibha Batra

Genre: Romance Comedy

No. of pages: 186

Published by: Bloomsbury India

Published on: 18th June 2019

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★✩✩✩

Is it going to be Mahi Way, or the Highway for Mahi?

Mahi's back in the pavilion, but, ji, her dreams got mixed with mud. Hopes got crushum-crushed. Heart became pieces-pieces. As if life isn't tatti enough, one after another new-new siyapas are starting.
Mahi's hungry to grow Ludhiana to London, her party-planning company, to international height. Lavith, her international returned ex-love, is thirsty for her blood. Leave work-life balance, she's toh losing mental balance.
Her BFF (Bechari Frustoo Friend) Dingy's to-be-in-laws are refusing first night in Bangkok. Her other BFF, Dumpy's refusing to go anywhere without his Combo Pack -- his Sweet Knife GF Simran and her paindu brother Raj. Her brother Niku's business problem is not saying bye-bye. And her stepmom Bhooto (short for Bhootni) is - hai-hai - don't ask.
But the question bothering her the most is: Will her ex come back to her? Will it be Lav-ith or Leave-it for Mahi?

Bathinda to Bangkok is a light breezy read for you to pick up when you just wanna chill and relax with a book. This book comes with a little serious subject that (worry not) reveals in the end, but from the first page itself, author Vibha Batra makes sure the book makes your reading experience a fun one. 

Our protagonist, Mahi, is a fiesty and bubbly 26 year old Punjabi mundi who will do anything to make sure her best friend Dingy gets married in Bangkok. She coaxes her bestie's in-laws and somehow manages to book the grand wedding in Bangkok. When all is set, Mahi travels to Bangkok, a week ahead of the wedding to make sure the wedding goes perfectly for the bride-to-be. On reaching the marriage resort, Mahi is shocked (shockum-shocked in her words) to see her ex-boyfriend there. Apparently he was sent to overlook the wedding from the groom's side. Utter mayhem and chaos occurs when Dingy's brother, the brother's girlfriend and her brother, turn up at the resort early. Secrets are revealed and stitched-up wounds are opened again. Will Mahi be able to save Dingy's wedding and her relationship as well? 

The book is narrated by Mahi in a stereotypical Punjabi lingo. Though it was meant to be a light and a fun read, there were a few things that didn't sit well with me. When Mahi goes to Bangkok, she starts calling the receptionist 'chusli' in her head because he looked like Bruce Lee. This is a bit ignorant in this day and age, and I'd rather not make the protagonist of the story ignorant. Sometimes I did feel that the Punjabi lingo was overdone and most of the times I felt I'd rather like the book if it was written in plain English. 

There is a kind of plot twist towards the end of the book, when its supposedly the climax scene, but it was very rushed. No matter how good Lavith's character was, his decisions and the way he treated Mahi were not good at all, but still Mahi ended up with him. Most things didn't make sense in the book even when it tried tried to focus on a delicate issue. 

The book was okay-ish for me, but readers who enjoy Indian Bollywood-style chick lit might like it. 

Vibha Batra's books include Ludhiana to London, Glitter and Gloss, The Activist and The Capitalist, Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!), Seventeen and Done (you Done!), Eighteen and Wiser (Not Quite!), Family Crossword, A Twist of Lime, Tongue in Cheek, and Ishaavaasya Upanishad: Knowledge and Action.

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


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