Sorting out Sid – Yashodhara Lal – Book Review


Goodreads blurb: Meet Sid, a master at the art of denial, in this hilarious, insightful tale of modern-day living and relationships.

Siddharth Agarwal a.k.a. Sid has it all – a fifteen-year-long marriage, a bunch of devoted friends, and the chance to be the company’s youngest-ever VP, all at the age of thirty-six.

But, behind the scenes, his life is slowly falling apart, what with his marriage on the rocks, parents who treat him like a delinquent child, and overly-interfering, backstabbing friends. And that’s not even counting the manipulative HR vixen and the obnoxious boss he must tackle in office.

So, when lovely, spunky single mom Neha materializes in his life, she brings into it a ray of hope. But will she cause the brewing storm to finally erupt?

Who said it would be easy sorting out Sid?


Now with a blurb that reads like it does above and a cover which has a man sprawled with a beer mug in his hand, this book was made quite irresistible to pick up and actually start reading. Added to this was the good buzz that various previewers and reviewers gave this book. So I was quite excited when I got a review copy of this book.

Sid, the main protagonist will surely remind all working men in the mid thirties of themselves. Well, if not all aspects of him, there are some characteristics that he exhibits which will surely help male readers relate to him on more levels than one. Stuck in a job where he is actually doing quite well but is not quite interested in, in a marriage which is bursting at the seams due to the ‘married for a decade but no children’ conundrum, Sid is one happy-go-lucky character and is pretty much the ‘life of the party’. Or so it seems … scratch the surface a little and the chinks in his armor are visible.

Given that he fell in love with Mandira, his wife and then married her, he is somewhat at a loss to understand what it is that exactly is going wrong with his marriage. Added to this is the fact that while his job pays him well and he is a go-getter at the workplace, he absolutely detests his job and that he has to ‘kiss so much ass’ all the time to get rewarded at work. Lying squarely between his job and his marriage is his friend circle comprising of his ‘best friend forever’ Aditi, her husband Krish and the frequent parties that he regularly attends. At the beginning of the book, his only solace seems to be Brownie, his bean bag at home and the beer that he keeps swigging almost all his time at home.

A chance encounter with Neha, Aditi’s friend manages to turn Sid’s life on its head and subsequent events, both domestic and professional take us readers on a roller-coaster of a journey through the next few months in his life. From being warned of imminent disaster to getting promoted, the plot takes us on various ups and downs in the ever-wavering graph that Sid’s story is.

How it all ends up forms the crux of the story and revealing anything more would amount to giving away too much of the plot in this review.

What endeared me the most about this book was the fact that the author never gets too preachy about the situation that Sid finds himself in. She never takes sides with any of her characters and seems to be very balanced in her approach to all of them equally well. And any author that resists the temptation of playing ‘agony aunt’ and doling out ‘free advice’ to readers in my books is a good one, especially when the situations in the plot lend themselves to easy advice as well.

And another thing which made this book special to me was the fact that none of the characters’ reactions to any of the situations seemed contrived. Almost all the time, all the characters behaved in a manner which was consistent to how normal readers like you and me would react to the situations. The fact that the author didn’t push the ‘artistic license’ or ‘creative license’ boundary too much meant that the book stayed grounded in reality for most part, and that made for a good, relatable read.

One small negative which I would like to highlight about the book, and this is something that other reviewers also mentioned was the length of the book itself. It could probably have been made a little crisper, some tighter editing would have helped in this regard. But having said that, it does not get too long, or too drab at any point in time and is a fairly breezy read.


Name Sorting out Sid
Author/s Yashodhara Lal
Publisher Harper Collins India
Year published 2014
ISBN 13 9789350296912
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