I think there is a reason we call Earth Mother. By giving the soil a feminine shade, we are actually acknowledging the patience and tolerance with which Earth bears us, who tread on her indiscriminately. For that is what women have been doing for centuries, and even now, isn’t it? Tolerating patiently all wrongs flung on them. Trying hard to not shake the boat too much, to maintain status quo, bearing it all so as to not hurt others. Nithya is one of those unsung, unknown women who puts others before herself, to the extent that she is ready to live in hell for the sake of the happiness of her loved ones. That is the first and most important aspect of the protagonist that made me instantly relate to her.
She is our next door girl, not one who lives on clouds, but one who has her feet firmly on the ground. What endeared her to me, and will to most of the readers, is that despite being at the receiving end, she does not wallow in self-pity or feel victimized. She tries to make the best of whatever she has, and finds her own exclusive circle of happiness inside the “Chakravyuh” of despair that is spun around her by people who are meant to protect her. That makes you look at her with a great respect and wish happiness for this girl from the bottom of your heart. The Perfect Groom, in just over 100 pages, deftly explores the myriad colors and textures of human behavior. If there is selfless love, there is also selfish greed. If there is sacrifice and tolerance, there is also ambition and passion. And these are portrayed not by characters that are unrealistic or imaginary, but by those that can be found at every few feet of reality. The scheming uncle who makes Nithya’s life an object of business dealing, the defiantly blind mother who fails to acknowledge her son’s reality and tries to hide it and ignore it, ruining other lives in the process, these are definitely characters that do exist around us. Some we have seen and witnessed. Some we have not. Full marks to Sumeetha though, for bringing out these infinite textures of human nature in a seemingly simple language and style. I can almost hear Nithya talking through Sumeetha’s words. Brought out by Indireads, The Perfect Groom is not simply a light read that you can pick up when you want some ‘timepass’. This is one book, which despite its short length, leaves an impact on you that is definitely lasting. It makes you think, of people around you, of the real truth behind their seemingly mundane, or even happy, lives. This is a book that makes you look at women, relationships and bonds from newer perspectives. I had read The Perfect Groom for the first time over an year ago, but I still remembered most of it, before I picked it up to refresh my memory. This is definitely one book, that I will keep coming back to, for every time I read, I find myself picking up something new from it. The Perfect Groom by Sumeetha Manikandan