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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Imperfect Marriages by Dr. Manisha Kumari Deep is an interesting story that explores the theme of marriage and family dynamics in India and looks at the minds and thoughts of parents about their children. The narrative features a cast of interesting characters, with Mrs. Prabhakar taking center stage. She is the one person most women go to for answers when faced with family and marital issues. When the story begins, she is with a woman she's helped before, Mehrunisa, whose dream of marrying her child into a good family comes true. But there are many others like Sonya with a strong dilemma, torn between abortion and giving birth to her fourth child. As this woman helps others, she soon comes to the startling realization that her children are having problems of their own. Can she translate the saying that 'charity begins at home' into a reality for her family?
This novel is focused and I had the strong feeling that the author wrote it to provoke reflection on the challenges of courtship, family, and marriage in typical Indian society and what happens with the changing landscapes. While I wanted more flesh on the characters and a more colorful setting, the author did a wonderful job in exploring issues that are real and that confront many families. The drama is rich and it adds great taste to the reading experience. The chapters are short, often beginning with the protagonist having tea, or watching the news, or having a conversation with her husband and then there's a knock on the door or a phone call. Imperfect Marriages is thought-provoking, a simply written story that invites readers to reflect on the place of marriage in society and the challenges of meaningful relationship experiences.