Title: Messily Married
Author: Abhishek Bhattacharya
Publisher: Leadstart publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
First Publication: 2021
Book Summary: Messily Married by Abhishek Bhattacharya
“The first rays of the sun fell on my face, waking me for the first time as a married man. I found Shreya lying on my lap. Though I had kissed her, several times before as my girlfriend, for the first time I kissed my wife. The morning sun rays proclaimed the beginning of a fresh chapter in our lives. Shreya and Abhinav were now officially married. As I locked my lips with Shreya’s, little did I know, that within a decade of our marriage, our lips will lock less and talk more.”
‘Marriage’ is a mammoth metamorphosis of human life. Priorities, feelings, romance, and likings change with every passing year of married life. One fine day, we realise that we are converted into parents and that becomes more important than being a couple. Slowly difference of opinion starts cropping up between and the relationship starts getting messy. The story is about Shreya and Abhinav’s life-changing marriage experiences, which any couple can relate to.
Enjoy, it is your own story!
Book Review: Messily Married by Abhishek Bhattacharya
Messily Married by Abhishek Bhattacharya is such a beautiful and genuine story! The story itself looks simple, but underneath it, this book brings such amazing points about relationships and life in general. This is such a wonderful story about Shreya and Abhinav, a couple that loved each other and married. Over the years of marriage, as a couple they grow up, their priorities, feelings and likes change. Eventually, differences of opinion start cropping up between them, making their relationship messy.
Shreya and Abhinav started off their romance in the most unconventional way but when their story unfolds you realize they were always meant to be. These two epitomize the definition of true soul mates. The story goes back and forth between past and present. We get to witness their love blossom and grow through the alternating chapters that take us to their past and then we feel the utter despair that consumes them both in the present due to their struggles with marriage. The couple who once couldn’t go a day without each other have now gone without intimacy for months. They are just a shell of the people they used to be because they feel broken for being unable keep each other happy. Communication is stifled between them, and they become so withdrawn they begin despising the other for their own shortcomings.
Told in alternating timelines, we see how Shreya and Abhinav meet, fall in love and ultimately find their marriage falling apart. What happens when love is no longer enough? Messily Married tells the story of two soul mates who met, fall in love and built a future together. A future which led to marriage and starting a family. Shreya and Abhinav appear on the outside to be a happily married couple and they were for some time, but issues began to wear on them and their relationship began to change. They still loved each other but things were strained between them.
This book seems so incredibly simple, yet so profoundly important. It’s a story of a husband and wife who have reached a crossroads in their marriage and trying to make their marriage whole again. Shreya and Abhinav were great to read about. I loved their antics, but more than that I loved the complexity of their relationships. They love so much about each other and yet don’t actually like who the other is, or rather, who the other has become over time. They are trying to figure themselves, and each other, out and that was the best part of the book. I loved seeing their journey to being people who they themselves love.
Abhishek Bhattacharya takes on a troubled marriage here in a heart-wrenching but insightful story. The story will keep you captivated and emotionally invested in what was going to happen to these characters and their marriage. Author has created likable characters dealing with real life issues which are relatable and heart breaking sometimes. This book and all these characters have a lot of different ideas about what a marriage is and what it means to be a husband or wife. Marriage is a huge commitment and it’s all about compromise and even if you do meet “the one” you still might not be able to make it work.
Messily Married is a heavier story, more drama than fun. It offers a great lesson in hanging on to what’s important in life and not letting the problems, however large, ruin what’s good in your life. Really in the end it’s all heart-warming, but this romance ship has a lot of stormy seas to sail through. Highly recommended.