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Indian Maidens Bust Loose by Vidya Samson

Indian Maidens Bust Loose by Vidya SamsonIndependent and Self-Publishing are possibly the hottest and most contentious topics in the literary world today. Although I am wholeheartedly behind this trend, as a reader and reviewer, it is unfortunately the case that I do see far too many books of a standard that vindicates the argument of mainstream publishers that their old style gate-keeping is the last bastion of quality.

Thankfully, I also come across novels such as Vidya Samson’s Indian Maidens Bust Loose, which are as well written and edited as anything I read from larger publishers but may simply not meet their commercial requirements, or perhaps even the author’s own plans for their work.

I do have to point out before you read the review, that at the time of writing  Indian Maidens Bust Loose is only available in eBook format, so apologies to those without access to eReaders.

Read on for a full review…

-- Indian Maidens Bust Loose by Vidya Samson a Review by Des Greene --

I think humour is probably one of the most difficult genres for any writer to crack. It is such a personal thing, and is therefore a delicate balancing act for even the most skillful author to get right. Too subtle and it can appear “clever clever”, too un-subtle and it can become childish and slapstick, and then of course, there is that tricky mixture of laughter to sadness, lightness to shade, that must be achieved in order to deliver a satisfactory level of depth. In this romantic comedy, Vidya Samson must have got at least some of that recipe right as it kept me smiling for the majority of its 300 plus pages, and laughing out loud on more than a few occasions. It is perhaps not situated at the more subtle end of the above-mentioned spectrum — a blend of Tom Sharpe and Aravind Adiga came to mind — but if that sounds like your sort of humour, then it may just be right up your street.

Nisha and Vinita are two middle class sisters who live with their parents and grandmother in Ahmedabad, India. The girls’ parents — particularly their father, Rasik — are strict and traditional, allowing the girls little if any freedom. The worst manifestation of this is the constant stream of horrendous suitors lined up for the girls by Rasik, and the girls have a well established set of routines with which they can usually thwart these marriage arrangements. When the girls’ auntie and their two nieces, Amber and Lauren, arrive from America for a family visit, their westernised ways and outspoken opinions light the blue touchpaper for a full on rebellion.

Much of the humour in the novel derives from this juxtaposition of traditional Indian and much more liberal American attitudes. It manages to be irreverent without ever becoming too disrespectful to either culture – I suppose Papa Rasik is the character who comes off worst in the proceedings, and is painted as a pretty unpleasant type of character. Overall, it is delightfully well observed, and delivered in a light-hearted style that never seems to take itself too seriously, and whilst it is possibly aimed at a youngish female audience, as a bloke comfortably nearer fifty than forty myself, I still found it highly amusing throughout.

If you own a Kindle, or other eReader, and you are looking for something cleverly written and genuinely funny, I would recommend that you get hold of a copy. Just don’t be too surprised if you find yourself bursting into laughter if you read it on your commute in to work.

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