Book Review : Scandalous Housewives Mumbai by Madhuri Banerjee. More than raunchy tale of Lust, Kinky Sex!
Madhuri Banerjee is back with another racy read on love and relationships titled ‘SCANDALOUS HOUSEWIVES: MUMBAI’. The book revolves around the lives of four housewives living in a residential high-rise of Mumbai. As the parallel stories of these four women move forward, the reader is compelled to ponder upon the role a housewife (read homemaker) plays in a family.
The book promises a raunchy tale of lust, lies, betrayal and of course a final show down but I would urge you not to judge the book by its cover. At many points the novel surprises the reader by the immense depth of its female characters and their paradigm shifting portrayal. Amidst the kinky sex episodes and saucy secrets, the author portrays the ‘lovely ladies’ in bold colours of liberty, breaking all forms of restraint; pushing all boundaries and stepping over all thresholds.
The plot of the story, though thin through the first-half, gathers pace as the story progresses. The lives of the four friends entangle in a meshwork of explosive lies and as all of them strive to maintain the peace of their households, a threatening email shatters everything to the floor; and this marks the real and ultimate test of their ties of friendship. However will they survive?
Madhuri Banerjee’s book may seem to some as inspired by the popular US sitcom , the Desperate Housewives. And it can be. But tell you, there are no sweeping similarities between the two. For instance, in one of the episodes of Desperate housewives, one of the housewives is shown to be deeply unnerved by his son’s gay encounter with her boyfriend. In an increasing quirky World, where every author seems to be in big pressure to include the gay angles to their novels, Madhuri’s novel keeps a distance from it. The forbidden relationship the novel talks about though, is the one between Gita and her brother-in-law. This excuses the author from any inspiration, whatsoever. As instead of blindly following something, she chose to include a much more common proscribed relationship in Indian society. The one Gita finds herself in.
I must mention here that the plot is a little unfathomable and shaky at certain points, which is a major turn off. This line marks my favourite point in the novel – “The best thing a father can give to a child is respect to the mother.”
If you’re looking for a masala weekend read, I’d say go for ‘Scandalous Housewives: Mumbai’ and you may end up with a little more than you bargained for.
I have purposefully not given it any ratings. I wrote the review keeping in mind that the reader would pick it up just as a weekend read. I haven’t judged it with the same standards as I would an Ayn Rand book. I hope that’s okay.
About Madhuri Banerjee
Madhuri Banerjee, a bestselling author who gained popularity right after the release of her first novel, ‘Losing My Virginity and other …’, acquired a masters degree in Mass Communication and Films from Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi. She won a national award for best documentary on women issues for her thesis film “Between Dualities.”
She is an active blogger, screenplay writer, Ad film director, columnist and relationship advisor. She prides herself on being a mother.