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Wrong, for the right reasons

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Shyamoli Verma’s timing is wrong. In her late twenties, she finds that her marriage is irrevocably broken. She comes back to her parents with her pre-teen son and an infant daughter, only to find that she is unwelcome.
Independent and brash, she decides to bring up her children and also get a divorce without any support from friends and family.
Written with wry self deprec
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published September 18th 2014 by Ritu Lalit
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Sakshi Nanda
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
‘Wrong, for the Right Reasons’ is one of the most real books you will read this season. It is Shyamoli’s story – as a young divorced woman, a single mother of two, a daughter struggling to break-free from an abusive mother and a person looking to walk on her own terms in a society which defines ‘respect’ in the most constricted of ways and hangs norms like nooses around the necks of single women. What is special about this book is what is seen as amiss in others – there are no sudden twists and ...more
Bindu Manoj
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Being a regular follower Ritu's blog and having interacted with her on social media, I was a little disappointed when I started with the first chapter. Her usual punch seemed to be missing. And then, the story started and I could not put it down, literally. Loved the conversations and the thoughts of the protagonist, but my favourite character is Ketaki. Just loved the firebrand.
Now, to read more of Ritu's books :)
Sundari Venkatraman
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The beginning was a mite slow and had me worried. But after a few pages the story picked up speed. We can loosely describe the book as a Family Drama.

It’s in first person and is from Shyamoli’s point of view. She leaves her husband Manav because he is having an affair with his childhood sweetheart Nimmi. Shyamoli goes back to her parents along with her young son Samar and baby daughter Ketaki aka Kitty. But her mother Malati Malhotra is dead set against a divorce to the point of burying her head
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The hardest lesson to learn is not that people you think you can't live without can live without you. The hardest lesson to learn is that sometimes to stay sane you have to give up the people you love. You have to cut them out of your life ruthlessly or they will destroy you."

First of all, I would like to thank author Ritu Lalit who sent me her book, 'Wrong, for the right reasons' to review. The author chooses a current theme, 'divorce' which is dreaded and scorned upon in our patriarchal socie
Swathi Shenoy
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
There are some kind of books, which are so magical that they weave fantasies in the mind of the readers and leave them wanting for more. Then there are some books, which gives you a reality check and bring you back to the present and rightly so, because fantasies are not the place to dwell for long. The book 'Wrong for the Right Reasons' is of the latter kind.

The book narrates the story of Shyamoli Verma, a divorced woman who is trying to find her footing in this world with two kids from her bro
Kiran Chaturvedi
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a very interesting story. I have not read anything on divorce and remaking a good life by Indian authors of late, so this was refreshing. This is an easy, absorbing and fresh read. I bought it and read it in one go. The story is always moving along with new twists and developments and something to hold the reader's interest all the time. The author packs in a lot without it getting monotonous or heavy. Baking is a passion of the main female protagonist and her growth as a bake ...more
Vinay Leo
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it

What works:

+ Realistic characters.
+ Engaging narration, simple straightforward plot, as with life
+ Some subtle humor to bring some lightness to an otherwise heavy plot

What doesn’t:

- A typo or two here and there; though not prominent enough to remember
- Ending to Ketaki’s character felt off. Would have liked to see it some other way

Not a one-time read, and it’s a good book.
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ebooks, 2014
Regular reader of her blog,have read all her books but I can clearly say that this is her best work yet. The book connects at many levels and the characters are so beautifully defined. Struggle of a divorced woman who turns into her hobby of homebaking and cosmetics to deal with her situation. I think there is a bit of Ritu in the main character too. Quite enjoyed the book
Shail Mohan
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved it from the word go. Good job, Ritu. If I didn't suck so much at writing reviews, I'd have written a detailed one for you. :) ...more
Inderpreet Uppal
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ritu lalit is an accomplished author! Yes, she is already the author of a four books and this is her fifth. How does it matter? It doesn’t as but I mention it because I was very impressed with the flow of the book. Also, I plan to read the rest of them. :)

I like the language of the book, expressive and communicative. Easily read and still gets the message across. No need for a dictionary to read this one; it is just you and this lovely book.
Yes it does have a few repetitive scenes at times but
Ahana Mukherjee
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author sent me the pdf of the book ‘Wrong for the Right Reasons’ and from the word go I was hooked onto it. It’s the story of Shyamoli Verma, divorced and saddled with two kids, who decides to face life full on, on her own terms. Ritu Lalit writes a passionate tale about the plight of a woman estranged from her husband, how not just the society but her own flesh and blood stand against her and creates obstacles on her path in every possible way.

The narrative is simple and the characters are
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
I’ve read Ritu Lalit before, and have enjoyed her writing, although all her books I’ve read so far have been of the fantasy genre. ‘Wrong, for the Right Reasons’, sounded very interesting, and luckily for me, the Kindle edition was available on Amazon(UK).

Shyamoli Verna, a regular young woman, has gone back to her parents’ house. Which wouldn’t have been such a bad thing, had she not had two children in tow, and a broken down marriage with her. Of course, from her mother’s point of view, she had
Shilpa Garg
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have been reading Ritu for a long time now. I enjoy reading her blog and liked her first book too. When I got an opportunity to read her latest book, which is getting rave reviews, I HAD to read it. And the story grabbed my attention from the word go!

Wrong, For the Right Reasons is a story about a woman’s struggle to survive with her two children after walking out on her cheating husband. When Shyamoli along with her children Samar and Ketaki leaves her husband’s home, she leaves a lot of thin
Nikita Jhanglani
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
That it is not perfect when it has no flaws, says everything/ every human who doles out tips for living a happy life. It is perfect when you accept the imperfect for what it is. Ritu gives out this message loud and clear in her story, Wrong, for the Right Reasons.

Ups and downs in life are no new news. When life goes up, clarity of mind and thought, hope, and the strength to look forward tags along. When it goes down, well that is when the real story begins. All hope, strength, and clarity move o
 Ashwini Gopalkrishnan
Ritu Lalit has written a strong story in a very interesting way .The story is divided into two halves .The first half consists of the dark side or the sad phase of the protagonist and the second half consists of the light side or happy phase.
The emotions of the all the characters are very articulately depicted in an realistic and humorous manner . The Author writes from her heart. You can feel the emotions free flowing through the words; and they all reach a readers heart. I could feel Shyamoli'
Asmit Rathod
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Good Evening Ritu Ji,

While waiting at the Singapore’s Changi Airport for my connecting flight to Australia, I finished reading your book “Wrong, for the right reasons.” I loved it. Though Shyamoli is a central character, I enjoyed Ketty the most, the girl who keeps eating her “esses”. Uma is another interesting character, bold and complex. The entire experience was wonderful which I underwent without a break, reading the book in one sitting.

I look forward to read more of you.

Thank you very
Alcatraz Dey
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The narrative makes you ponder over your perceptions. You can be in the story or observe it from far. The writing is wonderful and mature which is expected from a woman of her stature. Simple yet thought provoking. I'm amazed why authors like her are not in the mainstream Indian book market. It's time we highlight good literary work and it's owners.
A sure recommended read to all readers. Read it to know how to write a simple story in a beautiful manner
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
From the beginning, Ritu Lalit draws us into the world of Shyamoli. She represents all those Indian women who leave their home after their marriage and steps into an unknown territory. Ritu Lalit had started the story very aptly by quoting lines from the famous Star Trek, "to boldly go where no man has gone before." It's just very ironic that today I use this quote – the day Capt. Spock has left us all to meet the Almighty.

As you travel along with Shyamoli, you feel the pain as she subjected to
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian, own-a-copy, ebook
The thing about this story is, there is no prince charming who undoes the things her husband did. Shyamoli grows as a woman through the story and her children too change and evolve all the while fighting her own battles.
The characters in the story are very real and the challenges they face change them and that change is visible in their dialogues and attitudes. The story as a whole is quite moving and very poignant, relevant to the times we are living in. The book sort of makes us see what a div
Ruchi More
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I know Ritu ji as a blogger. I liked her first book A Bowlful of Butterflies and hence picked this up on Kindle.

Unlike other reviewers who find the first chapter slow, I quite liked the first chapter.

In the book, what works :
1. Characterisations of main and side characters.
2. Believability in the setting.
3. The dialogues and witty quotes.
4. The first half of the book entices even though there are no twists.

What doesn't work :
1. The timeline keeps changing randomly, which makes it difficult to kn
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I have written five fiction books and one nonfiction. The most well-known of my fiction books Wrong for the Right Reasons deals with the realistic theme of the life of a single mother raising her kids in today’s India. For my first non-fiction I have picked up a burning topic, of aged parents coping with being rejected by their adult children. I am a graduate with gold medal in English Literature ...more

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