Shades Of Words

Piece of Cake – Swati Kaushal


Piece_of_Cake_1_1__tif-222x385-full;init_Piece of Cake qualifies to be neither a great piece of literature nor a book that is thought provoking, but it makes it to our web pages simply because reading it was ”fun’. Classic chick-lit (don’t wince, such a category does exist), it follows the trials and tribulations of a 29 year old b-school graduate, Minal Sharma, in a cut throat multinational food corporation. Running parallel to the core story is her need to find the ‘man’ of her life, before her mom dumps the HT Matrimonial list of bachelors on her.

‘Yawn!What’s new?’ you ask. Well nothing really, except that it is laugh out loud, fast paced and very well set in the Indian context without being preachy.

Its also very easy to relate. The characters are just caricatures of people around you- the spineless boss, the turncoat teammate, the generous chief, the hot neighbour, the chauvinist super successful fiance and my favourite, the slightly overbearing but caring mother.

As you keep up with Minal’s life at work and outside, you are constantly reminded of incidents in your personal life and how you wished you had the ability to laugh at yourself as she does.

The USP of the book is its humor. Swati Kaushal writes fluidly and entertainingly in English and the punch lines are quite Americanized.

Verdict: Not something that would be recommended as a must read – but if you just want to unwind on a weekend – then this is it.


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

2 thoughts on “Piece of Cake – Swati Kaushal

  1. I could unwind only for sometime…found it a bit boring and predictable so skipped pages.

  2. Well it is not a brilliant book but it was funny

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