Sarah-Kate Lynch is a master of writing humorous books for intelligent women. I always look forward to reading her witty stories that draw upon real life and real situations.
In her latest novel, Heavenly Hirani’s School of Laughing Yoga, we meet a woman essentially having a mid-life crisis. Her mother has recently died, her children have left home, and her dog is missing, presumed dead. Her husband is also frequently absent due to work, which happens to be, quite often, in Mumbai. Accompanying her husband to Mumbai and staying in a five star resort nearly unhinges this neurotic, back-seat driving, bacteria-phobic, spice-phobic, dirt-phobic, middle-aged woman. She overcomes most of it!
The book is funny, and the story is satisfying, but, to be honest, I never really gelled with the main character. I wanted to shake her and tell her to get a grip. The setting was superbly presented though; and the idiosyncratic and philosophical life that Indians have adopted in order to manage in that thronging environment keenly observed. And Heavenly Hirani was indeed heavenly and heaven-sent.
Heavenly Hirani’s School of Laughing Yoga will appeal to those of you who are already – and are yet to become – fans of Lynch. A fun summer read.