Book Review: The Perfect Groom by Sumeetha Manikandan

A book I got free from Indireads as a ‘joining offer’ on Goodreads. Never to say no to a free book, I downloaded the book that appealed the most to me.


Nithya has been married to Ashok for three years. Ashok is the perfect groom on paper. Successful, handsome, from a ‘good family’, things that Nithya’s family couldn’t even dream about. Nithya and her sister were brought up by their widowed mother, who survived on the scraps that her step-sister and brother-in-law handed out to them. When Nithya’s uncle brought the aliance from Ashok’s family, it was as if their luck had finally turned. Nithya’s mother could ask for nothing more, she just couldn’t believe her luck. Such a wonderful, son-in-law, and his family who didn’t even care that they had nothing to give as dowry. Nithya had other plans, she had wanted to work, but when things seemed so perfect, she didn’t have much to argue with. After all, she realized how much it would ease the pressure on her mother to see one of her daughters married and ‘settled’.

After the wedding Nithya flew to the US where the true story of her marriage unfolds. A story that is as sad as it could be true of so many brides in our midst. It is in many ways a true reflection of our society. The stigmas, the censure, the one-up-manship, the need to ‘marry off’ a daughter that could so easily ruin lives. It is an easy, quick read, but one that leaves you thinking. I loved the characters, especially Nithya. Her strength and her determination really came through. Her ability to make peace with what fate dealt her and make the most of her life..

I think I enjoyed the book far more than I thought I would. I had thought of it as just a filler book, just to read between two good books, but it turned out to be a surprisingly good read. A 4/5 book for me and I will be on the look out for more books from the author. This is the second interesting Indireads book I’ve read in the last few months. I’m definitely going to be browsing there more often.

About the Author

Sumeetha Manikandan, a freelance content writer is an English literature graduate with a journalism and mass communication diploma. Married to film director K.S. Manikandan, she lives in Mylapore, Chennai with her five-year-old daughter.

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