This book is a fictionalised memoir that traces the journey of an Indian girls life, with all its challenges and delightful surprises.
Gauri Jayaram emerges as a good narrator in Wise Enough to be Foolish. In 51 chapters that constitutes her debut novel, she writes in a very candid manner her experiences with Indian men. Milind Soman famous actor and model says that it is an unputdownable book that every body should read. A unique feature of the book is that the novel has only fifty one chapters that makes reading easy and interesting.
The prologue of the book starts on July 11, 1998 when she asks her husband where he had been the previous evening. She calls his friends desperately and every one assures her that he will be back. But two weeks afterwards she goes with Gayatri to Siddhi Vinayak Temple. Gayatri is one of the few common friends, she and her husband have. She ends up the prologue saying that her life is at the crossroads and about to change forever.
Gauri was a rebellious child .Her father was a pilot in the Indian Air Force. Her mother thought that since Gauri was a morning child she would be calm by temperament. Quite the contrary Gauri was very fond of football and most of her friends in the football field were boys. She had many crushes and was reprimanded for hanging around with Nicky because he was believed to be a rapist. On the football field she met Saiff who asked her whether she would like to go on a date with him. Gauri was a born Capricorn who rarely wastes time on meaningless things.
She had an affair with a Malayali boy and pretends to dislike Punjabi habits .When she was wondering what she would do in future her mother came down to Bombay and admitted her in a college to do economics. “College admissions are a circus and the applicants clowns,” she says in a caustic manner. For the first time she was with a group of girls in a hostel. She had an affair with Shiraz, a Parsi priest and a student of management. She had a desire to travel around the world and destiny helped her.She went to Berlin first. Her humour does not desert her whatever be the travails of her life. She takes it all in the stride and finally gets married to Uday, a Hebbari Iyengar and she thinks that her mother must have been very happy for she finally got married to a Brahmin boy.
The book is a woman’s tale and questions the way of life. “Life is an individual event and only you count, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.” The tale is about teenage angst, the difficulties of being a girl child and the effort to attain financial independence.”
The novel is a delightful narration of her experience. Her upbringing in the Punjabi ways of life and in the army quarters, her defiance of her parents and her blossoming into a confident woman are interesting. On the whole the book is an interesting read though it must be stated that it is not an unputdownable work as Milind Soman says.