Title: Bubble Wrap
Author: Kalyani Rao
Publisher: Harlequin India
Bubble Wrap, the debut novel by Kalyani Rao, is a story of Krishna, 12-year-old girl who is married off at such a tender age, and her relationship with Gudiya, a 16-year-widow of Krishna’s cousin, budding in the backdrop of social stigmas such as child marriage, isolation of a widow et al which still prevail in this hypocrite male-dominated society.
The destiny brings Krishna, the fragile 12-year-old bride and Gudiya, Krishna’s widowed sister-in-law, to a situation (read the novel for details) where they have to look for their independent way of living with Gudiya trying to be Krishna’s bubble wrap, the guard to her fragility, innocence and tenderness.
The story is narrated from the eyes of Krishna, her perspective and outlook for the things happening around her. The best thing about Bubble Wrap is it’s always convincing from a 12-year-old’s perspective. No matter what page you jump to. You’ll always feel some innocent heart is going through all this turmoil.
Written in simple English, it’s very easy to understand with minimal descriptions probably to make it sound convincing from a child’s point of view. The story sails smooth with no language or continuity hindrances. Story successfully addresses social issues that still inhabit in some remote places of Rajasthan or in any other part of India for that matter. Overall it’s a small (at 184 odd pages) captivating and compelling story.
I recommend this book for readers who love small, simple and sensitive stories.
About the Author
Kalyani Rao likes to describe herself as a travel junkie who writes. She believes that she has learned most ofher lessons in life while traveling. Kalyani is based out of Pune where she also runs a theme-based TravelCompany. A big fan of Haruki Murakami, Bubble Wrap is the debut novel of this young entrepreneur.