I would say even if you don’t read the fine italicised print of the tips, the entire attitude that Mira develops and the way she morphs from a pushover to a confident winner is good enough for doormat varieties to learn from!
By nature we like to please others and avoid confrontations especially at work. Sometimes becoming too good for the other side and taking crap from them that is quite undeserved. For moments like such, it is good to bring out the inner bitch goddess and give a fitting repartee to avoid being walked over.
The story revolves around Mira the central character whose has been brought up single handedly by her divorced mother. Her parents divorce has left Mira scarred for life and she has a great mistrust in the idea of marriage and hates her father enough to not want to meet him, ever.
Mira is a performer at work yet a pushover in plain terms. She gets sidelined by the boss, doesn’t get the best projects, men do not seem to notice her and it seems her attractive colleague gets the cream of all projects. Vinay is her one loyal ally.
One fine day Mira decides to change into a new avatar…that of a bitch goddess. After frantic googling, she decided that she must write her own rule book for the making of a bitch goddess, starting from the most basic one- bitch goddess don’t wear ordinary ordinary underwear.
Her makeover starts from the very basic level. Including changing her chat icon from a piglet to a stiletto (predictable I say).
She goes on to overhaul her wardrobe completely and begins to wear an attitude along with a new hair do and killer shoes.
She begins to stand up for herself and starts to work hard to get noticed. She also manages to seduce a man, Rohan and the love behind the seduction act is real for both.
In the midst of this there is her match making Mom with her everlasting lament of Mira’s marriage which honestly drags the otherwise smooth paced book.
There is also more drama. Her half sister lands up and manages to take residence in her house because in spite of Mira’s firm resolve of being a bitch goddess, she is a softy at heart.
En route to the change over into a bitch goddess, Mira manages to lose her friendship with Vinay, Rohan’s love and even her half sister’s admiration. Moreover she is seriously cheesed off with her father for falling sick and thus she is compelled to take the first step to meet him.
Will Mira ever get her closure?
Will the bitch goddess win or the good angel win?
I am more inclined towards a judicious mix of both without being too calculating or manipulative.
The book was entertaining and the dialogues funny. I found some facts regarding days kept getting mixed up in places and the critic in me found it too jarring. There was also gaps in the narrative in places and some dialogues did not match with the earlier sequencing of events.
The author has given all characters closure and I think the book ended exactly the way I wanted it to end. I would have given more hell to some characters though! I felt they were let of too easily.
Title- Bitch Goddess for Dummies
Author- Maya Sharma Sriram
Price- Rs 195