Wise Enough to be Foolish



Author: Gauri Jayaram

Genre: (Fictional Biography) Chick literature

Page Count: 205

Book Synopsis:  A roller-coaster ride of adventure, laughter and heartache, as a young Indian woman balances her love life with her struggle for independence which will keep you guessing- What rules will she break next? How far will she go to find herself?


What is it like to be a resilient woman in India? This novel is a fictionalised memoir that traces the journey of an Indian girl’s life, with all its challenges and delightful surprises, as she blossoms from an insecure child into a confident young woman.

Breaking all barriers, it’ll make you rethink your preconceived notions. With honest revelations, this one dwells on all the aspects of life- childhood, family, education, puppy love, crushes, heartbreak, friendship, failure, success, marriage and the not-so-happy endings.

Jayaram craftfully compiles the first 28 years of her life in this hilarious and honest novel about India, about growing up in an Indian household and being an Indian.

Furthermore, she drops men several clues to the unsolvable mystery the women are (atleast they say so!). It is fast-paced, almost too fast-paced, with the protagonist giving the reader words of wisdom and life lessons every couple of pages or so.

This memoir has enough drama and romance to make up for all our uninteresting lives!

Here’s an excerpt from the Prologue:

July 11, 1998, Saturday

Netherlands is playing against Croatia to fight for the third place in the FIFA World Cup.

Sitting alone on my double bed, I am trying to make sense of what is going on in my world. For a girl ‘socially’ married just four months ago, to be sitting by herself on a weekend, not aware of where her husband might be, is difficult to comprehend. But, this has been going on for sometime now.

The World Cup started a few weeks ago, and every time I ask my husband where he was the previous evening, I am told, ‘Watching football’.

‘With whom?’


‘What friends?’

‘You don’t know them.’

And so it goes on everyday.


The narrative is really engaging! Piece of advice:If you thought of reading One Indian Girl by Chetan Bhagat, you could give that novel a miss and read this one instead!



Critics: 3.5/5

I’d rate it: 3.3/5



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