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.