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Almost a Book Review: The Crossover Year by Bhargavi Balachandran

The Crossover Year by Bhargavi Balachandran, undoubtedly an interesting and entertaining read.

I received a message on Goodreads from Bhargavi asking me to participate in the giveaway she was holding for her new book ‘The Crossover Year’. So I went right ahead to read its blurb and found it interesting. Having lost the Giveaway, I ordered a copy for myself. 🙂

The Crossover Year, story of Anuprabha, aka, Anu set up in the year 2008, the year when India started experiencing slowdown due to recession in the US.

The Blurb

Meet Sri Anuprabha, aka Anu, a twenty-nine year-old banker who is terrified of entering her thirties. She dreams of quitting her job at the bank, sporting yoga pants and traipsing around the world. Her world turns upside down when things go awry and she is faced with the prospect of spending her days watching Tamil serials. She comes up with a five-point plan for reclaiming her life back before she hits the big 30. But things are never as simple as drawing up a flowchart in real life, are they? Especially with a ghastly recession rearing its ugly head.

Anu bumbles through the corridors of domesticity and travels on a fun filled roller coaster ride in a bid to discover her passion in life. Along the way, she meets new people, experiences crazy new things and learns some hard lessons in marriage, friendship, parenting and life.

The Crossover Year is a funny, yet heart warming story of a woman in search of her identity, and a chronicle of her hilarious quest for discovering her inner mojo. Bring out a platter of cookies and a steaming mug of chai, and join Anu on the ride of her lifetime.


Meet the Characters

Anuprabha, 29 scared to hit 30s, an engineer and MBA, deadly combination, no? She has an average job in an average bank and a bossy boss. Anu is married to Mukund for four years, an arranged marriage. Thanks to Tamilmatrimony.com.

Smrithi, Meena and Arvind, her friends at workplace. Raghu, her boss whom she almost hates.

Jimmy, Anu’s batchmate at B-school and a friend to count on.

Vinita, Gaurav, Mia and doggie, her lovely neighbours.

The Crossover Year

Anu, frustrated and irritated wants to quit her job and explore the world.  Not that she hasn’t tried. She has tried five times in one year.  And finally, as a result of office politics, she puts down her papers. Too much like me, I would say. Just that my horrible boss provided me with an opportunity to quit. Second attempt successful. 😛 Not that my current boss is as soft as a rose petal. Plus a fashion disaster she is. Sigh.

Lessons Learnt:

  1. Never pull up a resignation stunt on a Monday morning or a Friday evening.
  2. No matter how desperately you want to high five your boss, on the face, with a heavy chair. Don’t.

After quitting, Anu starts watching Raakkesh Kumar serials on TV and soon owned the tag of aunty. To shell this ‘aunty’ tag, she pens down a five point plan to get her life back on track.  She joins the swankiest gym of the area and goes shopping for her gym clothes. Returns satisfied with lots of clothes, and blown 20, 000 bucks.

I too drew the plan. Mine involved eating, sleeping, having coffee, reading books and having more coffee.

Amidst learning to cook, joining theatre, well almost, and trying her hand at poetry writing, Anu ends up participating in a Super Home maker competition, which she wins and becomes a TV star, like Raakkesh.

The Crossover Year is absolutely relatable. Anu’s terrible boss, her dream to own a bookstore, and cluelessness about life…like mine. Yes! I am a double post graduate. But I still don’t have a clue of what to do with my life.

What I loved about The Crossover Year?

The exchange of gift vouchers.

The wedding she attended.

The thoughtful doggie, poops only on the doormat so that you can throw your doormat only. At least I would have done that. Thrown away the doormat, I mean.

Net net, The Crossover Year is a wonderful read. Would suggest, pick this one up if you want to giggle on a laidback weekend.

P.S.: Just in case you want to know, what Bhargavi has to say about me, here you go! 🙂

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