Book review

Glitter and Gloss by Vibha Batra, Book Review

Hello fellow readers, I hope you having a bearable Monday 🙂 I have 2 review on the Blog today. First, this one that is, is an Indian rom-com. Happy reading. 


Title: Glitter and Gloss

Author: Vibha Batra

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Publication date: 9 Aug 2016

Rating: 3.5/5

Main characters profession: Make up artist and Jewellery business owner. 


Misha is a make up artist who, after a series of mishaps and twists and turns, falls madly in love with Akshay who reciprocates her love with ardour. The only hitch in this perfect romance is her prospective sister-in-law who thinks Misha is everything a Bahu shouldn’t be: garrulous, geeky, gawky, gainfully employed (especially the last bit). The questions is will Misha win Didi (and the Kha-Pee Panchayat) over with her Stepford Wife Act? Will she continue to be the poster child for the inherent evils of the Bahu Brigade? Or will she learn to ‘lau’ herself before the whole world and its wife can do the same?

My thoughts

Misha is a girl whose lifestyle lives up to any typical American sit com character’s we see on television. 

Akshay is a the quintessential rich Indian business man with a family who are snobby, vegetarian in his case and one who keeps up with appearances.

On the face of it they are from different worlds of the society but end up falling for each other nevertheless. Their coming together is hilarious and shows a side of India modern which is happening quite a bit around us. A liberal, Western views girl trying to adjust and make a good impression on a cliched vegetarian, rich, upper class Indian business family. The situation itself is common and the antics of Misha had its fair share of laugh out loud and moments bordering irritation. With the right balance of fun and drama the story is one which you can easily read in a few hours and have many LOL moments.  


Vibha Batra is a copywriter by profession and a popular fiction writer too. Her literary pursuits took off when she translated her grandfather Late Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri’s book on the Ishaavaasya Upanishad. Among her recent titles are Sweet Sixteen (Yeah, Right!) and Seventeen And Done (You Bet!), published by Penguin, Tongue in Cheek, a collection of poetry and A Twist of Lime, a collection of short stories. Another collection of short stories, Family Crossword, will be out in October 2015.

Reviewed by Bharti


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