The story is about the protagonist Neema who is disowned by her husband (antagonist) who plots to eliminate her. A story revolving around the problems Neema faces in her life and meeting her girly long lost gang and finding a way for her new life. This is the authors first work of fiction but Ashmi has managed to keep me hooked all the time! Neema facing too many blocks in the patriarchal society, escapes the near death situations by maintaining peace.
“The Darling in your fifties,” with its satisfying narrative and swift read, is in some ways a match for some of the great Indian debut novels. But it lacks their exhilarating sense of freshness, with its dull blurry cover. Ashmi’s writing is absolutely alive after Chapter 4, un-flattened by fear of errors, which means that there are errors and some of them are very bad grammatical errors. Damn, this book should be re-edited!
The story starts slow, but eventually takes a good pace and brings a lively ending!
A good debut novel with a bollywood masala essence which perhaps should be re-edited again
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