Title: The Crossover YearThe Crossover Year

Author: Bhargavi Balachandran

Publisher: Alchemy Publishers

ISBN: 9788180460883

Pages: 290

My Review:

Ladies! Ladies! Ladies! Not many people in this world are confident enough to boast about their understanding of these privildged creations of god. And not even the ladies themselves but then it doesn’t mean that they are brainless and clueless about their lives. They do have a brain of their own, which is fully functional and they very well know how to put their grey cells into use, that too judiciously.

Then, there comes a age or say a phase in life when they need to relax and revisit their approach towards the life they are leading (to serve others). This happens around the age of entering into the thundering 30’s.

This novel is a no-bragging and no-dragging show but a dedicated effort of face-off with the life. Many females (including myself) are dreaded of the fear of nothingness in life. It feels as if we have lost our identities and suddenly the spur of useless suggestions and a for-granted treatment increases in frequency. Trust me, this makes the matter worse.

The Crossover Year by Bhargavi Balachandran is much like my biography altered to suit the reading specifics. It was not at all an effort to connect with the lead character – Anu. It just happend in a flash!

A committed employee working tirelessly, tediously and religiously only to be back -stabbed by the senior authorities. In this event, she chooses to step forth and bypass her belonginess with the office and the collegues in order to invest sometime for herself but do we (especially females) get what we desire?

Like any other female on this earth, she plans to wake up late, get cozy with her husband, join gym, care about in-laws and spend some leisure time with her friends. Will she be able to explore new avenues in her life? And how?

An easy to read narrative, a breezy story and a free flowing plot – totally a smoothy, leisure time read! A book that females will relish reading and males will relish unleashing the layers of being a female. This is because she has very artistically and creatively penned the emotions of a professional turned housewife that the male counter parts will easily catch hold of what’s going on in her top shelves (brain) and heart!

She has added variant flavors such as office environment, daily hussles, feeling out of space amongst old friends, charged up to make new friends and much more beyond these limited words.

The novel is not at all close to reality but I say, it is a pure and serene reflection of reality within itself! It is laced with fun-filled moments with spouse, with family and friends.

What many people mock about females and especially professional turned housewife females that they wish to lead a trouble free and hassle free life. Do we? They say, we become aimless and spark free? Do we actually? Yes, I know that your answer like me, is negative.

But for the world out there and especially for those who think on such lines; the book is the answer. Infact, I myself found a few answers about my life. I learnt ‘It’s normal because, It’s a Crossover Year’.

Leave behind all the worries and have fun!! A recommended read for all.

Hey, do you really think that bearing a child is the solution? I wonder???

About the Book:

Meet Sri Anu Prabha, aka Anu, a twenty-nine year old banker who is terrified of entering her thirties. She dreams of quitting her job at the bank, sporting yoga pants and traipsing around the world. Her world turns upside down when things go awry and she is faced with the prospect of spending her days watching Tamil serials. She comes up with a five-point plan for reclaiming her life back before she hits the big 30. But things are never as simple as drawing up a flowchart in real life, are they? Especially, not with a ghastly recession rearing its ugly head.

Anu mumbles through the corridors of domesticity and travels on a fun-filled roller coaster ride in a bid to discover her passion in life. Along the way, she meets new people, experiences crazy things and learns some hard lessons in marriage, friendship, parenting and life.

The Crossover Year is a funny, yet heartwarming story of a woman in search of her identity, and a Chronicle of her hilarious quest for discovering her inner mojo.  Bring out a platter of cookies and a steaming mug of chai, and join Anu on the tide of her lifetime.

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