Friday, 2 May 2014

Book Review: Sorting Out Sid

Book Title: Sorting Out Sid
Author: Yashodhara Lal
Genre: Chick Lit (Or so I think)
Price: Rs. 250


Meet Sid, a master at the art of denial, in this hilarious, insightful tale of modern-day living and relationships.

Siddharth Agarwal a.k.a. Sid has it all – a fifteen-year-long marriage, a bunch of devoted friends, and the chance to be the company’s youngest-ever VP, all at the age of thirty-six.

But, behind the scenes, his life is slowly falling apart, what with his marriage on the rocks, parents who treat him like a delinquent child, and overly-interfering, backstabbing friends. And that’s not even counting the manipulative HR vixen and the obnoxious boss he must tackle in office.

So, when lovely, spunky single mom Neha materializes in his life, she brings into it a ray of hope. But will she cause the brewing storm to finally erupt?

Who said it would be easy sorting out Sid?

I love reading romance, especially chick lit, because they are nice, easy read. They fill you with happy thoughts. In this world where sadness is just waiting around the corner to embrace you, romance and chick lits are like a knight with a shining armor. So when Indiblogger was asking the bloggers if they wanted to review this book, I jumped at the chance. My mistake. Because I found it utterly boring. I really never thought a chick lit could make me yawn and go to sleep. Sorting Out Sid managed to do that. There wasn’t enough of masala for me. And the length! I couldn’t believe such a simple plot needs so many pages! This story could have been written in half the pages the author has filled up.

Anyway, let’s get on with the ratings.

Ratings: 4 out of 10

Grammar and Punctuation: The grammar, punctuations and the language of the book was fine. Nothing to complain about nor to rave about. Quite a bit of Hindi sentences were used and so it limits the audience too. My rating would be 1 out of 2.

Flow of the Story: Put bluntly, the flow of the story was boring. The way the story jumped between characters wasn’t good enough to hold readers’ attention. So 1 out of 2 for the flow.

Concept: Although the story is different with a love story of people in 30s instead of college romance that’s so popular currently, the author failed to encash on the concept. Even though the hero was in mid 30s, his thinking was of a man in early 20s. I’d call Sid’s struggles with bad marriage and office politics lifeless, for the lack of better word. 1 out of 2 for the flow of the story.

Reaction: I hated it. I’m so sorry that I volunteered to review this book. Don’t read it if you haven’t. Better watch some saas-bahu soap if you are bored out of your mind. They will be much more entertaining than this book. 1 out of 4 for reaction.

If anyone else has read it and want to discuss the book, please comment. We can start discussing it right here. No kidding.


  1. Your last statement sound threatening and gives me second thoughts on whether I should comment.

  2. The last line scares me off from commenting here.

  3. So bold!. Itni shakti humme bhi dena data :)

  4. The original Pankti kinda review :P

  5. very well reviewed Pankti!!...Like your frankness ....keep it up!!

  6. Looks like a midnight read... :-/
    But nobody sends me books now a days :'(

    1. You should be happy about not receiving such books :P

  7. My, my, my. That's quite a crisp review. And might I add, brutally honest. But I enjoyed it. If only more writers wrote pure, honest reviews like you do.

  8. It is a nice book and you have written a brilliant review. Keep it up.