Book Name: The Rule Breakers
Author: Preeti Shenoy
There are two kinds of people in this world—those who follow the rules and those who do not think twice about breaking them.
This book revolves around the protagonist Veda. Set in the picturesque town called Joshimath during the 90’s, it describes in detail about the struggles of a woman.
Veda, like many people during their teens has high aspirations in her career. Hailing from a very small town, she wants to become a professor in a city. She has 5 siblings and her family is quite orthodox. Their economical condition isn’t so well either. However she being the eldest among 5 children, her strict father has different plans and get her married.
She then moves to Pune and rest of the book explains her struggles coping with new life, new family and especially her relationship with her husband.
I loved the book cover. It is a Heart-touching story which deals with Siblings Bond, Societal Issues, Love, Friendship, Marriage, Relationship Goals, Hard work, and Education with interesting twists and turns.
It takes us back to the year 1990’s where the only medium of communication is through letters. Loved the exchange of letters between sisters Veda and Vidya.
Well researched everything about the Rules, the events happenings in year 90’s, NGO organizations, Printing Press, Rural areas and historical places.
Inspiring words of wisdom on how to deal with life to crave one’s own path motivates the readers.
She describes the life situations which a woman goes through in her life in reality and how society does expect women to conform to certain norms.
Though I felt it is dragging in between, the book grips the readers with all the emotions. You can experience happy, sad, tragic, emotional, magical, laughter, mystery, thrill, suspense, and shocking moments within you while reading the book.
Characters in the book are well portrayed which makes you feel connected to them and give us a strong message. The author beautifully describes the below mentioned points throughout the story. Even though, the plot is set during the 90’s, I feel some of the points are valid even today.
- The head of the family decides the fate of other family members and decisions taken by women or children are not taken into consideration. They have to keep quiet and blindly follow whatever the so-called Head decides.
- Girl child education is still not taken as much importance in many parts of India as narrated in the story.
- Marriages are still fixed or arranged as per the wishes of the elders & the marriage bureaus.
- Freedom to choose a life partner or a career is still considered as a sin to many girls in Indian society. In order to show ‘respect’ to elders, girls have to follow the societal rules till the end.
- Many people still marry for the society even though they know their sexuality.
With LGBTI now legal in India, I wonder how many years (or generations) it will take for a society as a whole to accept same sex marriages.
Will you be a Rule Breaker or a Rule Follower in your life? Find out more about it by reading this book.