Book Review: The Unproposed Guy by Bhavik Sarkhedi and Suhana Bhambhani

The Unproposed Guy by Bhavik Sarkhedi and Suhana Bhambhani is a funny wonderful and relatable novel with contemporary themes like marriage, love, lust, friendship, aspirations, and much more. I have known many comic type novels but this one was specifically about “existential crisis” of the lead guy Kevin.

I had a wonderful time reading the book, solely for two reasons: first, it’s a way light read, and second the lead guy was likable. It reminded me ‘Wake Up Sid’ movie premises.

Kevin has moments and memories of indecision, funny reminisces, his clumsy moments with girls, and a sea of memories in which he drowns right before his marriage. The broader theme of the book is life – it’s not something that keeps rewarding us, even if it gives us lemons, people like Kevin hardly change their perspectives and continues enjoying it.

The novel has evocative and nostalgic elements. I loved the way Kevin thinks about his school crush, wildlife adventure gone wrong, death of an uncle and his insipid reaction, comparison to others. Amidst all chaos, he stands tall with his idiosyncrasies. He was awkward with girls but amazing with mike…that talks about his stand-up comedy stints.

Some books make us think about life very seriously, well this one is totally hilarious and nudges us to be with ourselves, in our pace. Kevin’s story is totally relatable, especially during the teenage and adult youth days. But there is one thing that I felt that Kevin was cavalier due to his lovely friends and siblings like Ansh, Dev, Kabir, Tina, and Zubin, who often pull him back to the reality on his wedding day from the past sweeps. At his wedding, he was quite relaxed outwardly but deep inside he was feeling the jitters.

He knew his father would take care of all the essential tasks at the wedding. He knew he feared a bad reputation and it could also be something he wanted to do for his son for a change. Kevin hoped.

The novel is more of a ‘romcom’ movie material than a novel thing. However, I would like to understand that content which was presented in a rectangular box, it’s easy to read but a bit difficult to comprehend, as I sometimes think it a philosophy of the author, and at times took it his comic performance. Whatever it was, I could stick to the novel, which was a high point.

The language was lucid, easily flowing with no hard characters or events, except those boxes.

ibooksta Rating:

4.5 out of 5

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