Imaginary Men By Anjali Banerjee

I am moving to a newer and clearer layout for my reviews splitting it into 2 sections. The summary of the book drafted as “The Book” and my review as “The View”. So here it is … “The Book : The View” for Imaginary Men by Anjali Banerjee. Do let me know if you like this format better.

The Book:
Lina Ray is attending her sister’s wedding in India. Her concerned Aunt Kiki is worried about her unmarried status and chooses to introduce her to an eligible bachelor who reminds Lina of an Indian Pee Wee Herman. In order to escape from the situation Lina spontaneously lies that she is already engaged. What started off as a harmless lie and was only meant to ward off any more match-making efforts by Aunt Kiki soon spreads and everyone in the family is excited for Lina.
While the lie is starting to create havoc, she briefly meets Raja who leaves an impression on her. When her family insists on her “fake” fiance’s name, it was almost natural for her to blurt out “Raja’s” name. Back in San Francisco, she tries to match make herself with suitors but is grossly unsuccessful and her imaginary man slowly takes the shape of Raja. As she comes face to face with him she is prepared not to like him but may gradually change her perception and even her life.

The View:
When I picked “Imaginary Men” I was looking for a light romantic book with a touch of humor. I expected to be taken back to my very Indian roots and yet remain realistic about living in a culturally different country. Saying that this is precisely what I got would be an underestimation. The book transcended my expectations. Anjali Banerjee’s style is casual and extremely relate-able. The story itself is something we have heard and read a lot (My last chick-lit “Sleeping Beauty Proposal” was pretty close to the story line), but what makes it different is the simplicity and the reality in the writer’s words. I would have liked a little more stronger personality from the lead characters but maybe it was intentional – a 4/5.

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