Author: Sajita Nair
The Plot: Second Lieutenants Deepa Shekhar and Anjali Sharma have an important task at hand: convince their male counterparts that they too are assets to the Indian Army – rather than merely those with assets.
This novel concentrates on two contrasting personalities, Deepa being the Army officer to the core wanting to be a part of an organization flooded with men while her friend Anju, also an officer who just wants to fit in and let things happen for her.
Sajita Nair’s SHE’S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW is a stark contrast to what you expect out of a chick lit. It does not have a loose plot that makes you all gooey over the protagonist fate. Here she takes the bull by its horns and winning everyone’s hearts in the process.
Rather than making the protagonist rant about wanting to find the love of her life, here is a woman who is focused on her career and at the same time jeopardizes it for the sake of her friendship. A woman of principles Deepa makes a deliberate choice of a career that makes everyone mock, yet she takes everything in a stride, proving her worth as an officer.
She’s A Jolly Good Fellow has everything that actually goes on in Army, describing elaborately from ranks of juniors to seniors and the kind of appointments they hold. This helps the non-army crowd to have a better understanding of the terms. The easy flow of words and events makes it an instant page turner. There are incidences where Deepa makes mistakes too, in finding love and adjusting with her new job and that make her so much more human and relatable.
The book cover is interesting with its signature army boots and pretty pink hanging out of it, symbolizing the women protagonists in the novel. A very attractive cover indeed for all those who are a fan of chick lits.
Ms Nair wastes no time going into details, explaining every detail of an officer’s life but she does gives us an overview about the difficulties that women face in a man’s world. She’s A Jolly God Fellow makes a versatile read for everyone who loves a good entertaining novel with a purpose to inspire.
Whats good about the book?
It plays on two characters and that shows how every woman is different in the army settings. The worth of a woman is just more than high heels and this is what I loved about the book. It’s inspiring and certainly a keeper!
What’s dull about the book?
The novel picks up pace after a few pages and you start to love it as you go further.