Book Review: 50 Cups of Coffee

Title: 50 Cups of Coffee: The Woes and Throes of Finding Mr. Right

Author: Khushnuma Daruwala

Publisher: Penguin Books

Pages: 196

Genre: Humour

It’s been a while since I read a non-fiction book. I was tempted to buy this book because of its intriguing title and the cover page. The book is a refreshing change from the cliché love stories being churned out by debut authors. Based on real life experiences, Khushnuma Daruwala has presented a hilarious account of Dia and her 50 coffee dates in search of a perfect suitor.

Dia is a 30 plus, independent, working woman searching for a perfect alliance mainly through matrimonial sites. During her search, she meets many guys on coffee dates (50 to be precise) but none of them work out. All her coffee dates go miserably wrong mainly because of the kind of suitors she comes across. From crass to creepy to sleazy- she encounters all sorts of weird men that we thought only existed in movies.

The dates are narrated in no particular order and so you can pick any chapter you want. Every Mr. Wrong episode ends with a coffee date wisdom. Thankfully by the end of the book, Dia realizes that there is more to life and life doesn’t just hinge on the occurrence of this one grand event called marriage.

The book is witty and vibrant. The writer is unapologetic in her opinions and microscopically analyses all the guys she meets. Some of the situations are so funny that you can’t suppress a chuckle. All the singletons going through the befuddling process of finding a life partner through matrimonial sites will relate to the experiences described in the book. Dia’s quest is a joyful ride with ample moments for laughter.

The only downslide of the book is that it is based on experiences and thus lack an engaging plot. It gets boring towards the end. The book would have been even better if the experiences were a part of a storyline.

On the whole, a good, light-hearted book with the parting wisdom:

“Not everyone married is happy. Not everyone happy is married.”

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