Book Review: The Worst Daughter Ever by Aarti V Raman

The Worst Daughter Ever
Author: Aarti V Raman
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 3.5/5

The nuances of femininity are plenty. Governed by the invisible laws of society, Femininity is something that every woman is expected to adorn. When one fails to comply, judgemental looks and scornful eyes don’t leave their back. Exploring the pathos associated with such a scenario, Aarti Raman has woven the story of Lasya. ‘The Worst Daughter Ever’ narrates the story of an unmarried woman who defies most of the norms of the society by being single, being overweight and most importantly, not paying heed to the unwanted feedback given to her by all the near and dear ones.

Written in the first-person narrative, the story is quite relatable because, to some extent, even I don’t fuss about all the rituals and customs that come along with being ‘human’. Stuck in an under-paying job and having suffered a recent heartbreak, Lasya is blunt, contumelious and rebellious at the same time. Hence, she likes her stressful life- because at least she doesn’t have to go around explaining her life choices every other day! Well, things don’t quite go according to her wish as her grandmother passes away and she is beckoned to attend the last rites. Unfortunately for her, she is made to stay with her family- both immediate and extended- for some days till the ceremonies are over. All hell breaks loose when so many unlike minds come together, for it starts raining opinions.

With an amusing take on the stereotypes, the author uses wit and subtle humour in addressing issues that prevent an individual from the kind of life they want to live. Trapped and alone, Lasya is a reflection of every other girl who gets questioned for every decision she makes.

The book uses a reference to the Chakrapani clan. Sadly, I wasn’t aware of it and thus, I found it a little difficult to associate when it came to the habits or actions that were usual to the clan. Other than this, the narrative seemed superfluous at times.

Overall, ‘The Worst Daughter Ever’ is bold and funny. I would like to congratulate the author for piercing the bubble of belief that such girls do not exist. In fact, the way Lasya has been characterized is so appreciable that her character stands out of the rest for sure.

Best wishes to the author!

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