Book: Solo in Singapore
Author: Tanushree Podder
Price: Rs 199
Tanushree Podder’s Solo in Singapore begins on a brusquely honest note. Thirty-year-old Munmun Menon has a nightmare of a job, a ruthless boss and has just been cheated on by her boyfriend (who goes on to physically and verbally assault her). With a bruised face and self-image, she quits her job, packs her bags and escapes to Singapore.
That ought to set the tone for the rest of the book, for where have we not heard the story of a woman, down in the dumps, who travels and finds herself? The familiarities aside, Podder’s latest is taut and engaging, and Munmun Menon, a delight. With a wry sense of humour, which is evident in her inner monologues, she goes on a journey — to find her estranged father and new love, among others — that doesn’t fail to entertain.
Of course, with the lighter bits, also come the darker, serious parts, and Podder balances the two well. Munmun finds a magazine job, love (sort of), friends and, most significantly, a ruthless acceptance of self. It’s a fine story of self-discovery made fun by Podder’s effortless prose and her curiosity for new places, evident in the way the city of Singapore throbs through every description. Give this one a try.