April 14, 2017

Book Review: Polite Pick-up Lines In Indian Pubs by Varun Mannava

Author: Varun Mannava
Publisher: Notion Press Publishers
Rating: 1.5/5

Barbara Broccoli once said that the world is still sexist and I believe that even today this quote means a lot. Where people, on one hand, are spreading awareness about feminism, there are still some people out there who think women are an abbreviated piece of nothing. Objectifying women and considering the inappropriate actions admissible, is what has been portrayed in the book ‘Polite Pick up lines in Indian Pubs’.

All this time we have been running behind the western culture because the grass always looks greener on the other side. But we do not realize that adapting to their culture is ball and chain. After the release of FRIENDS and How I Met Your Mother, the concept of hitting on women (in bars) has become very popular among the men. And the result is a book that gives 51 tips/ pick-up lines that can be used. But it makes me wonder whether the author has himself explored all avenues.

With lucid yet unconvincing language, the author tries different tips and tricks to woo women, not worrying about the after effects. The tips range from using an intellectual mind to impress women to using a tactic called- Brain Freeze which allows a man to take a picture with the woman without her consent. The first impression I got after reading few pages was that majority of the hacks won’t be feasible in Indian bars at all. With so much already on the plate for women, I despised the author’s attempt to share ideas on how can the privacy of the women be intruded even more.

The title of the book is contradictory to the content as I found some lines really impolite and offensive. The cover is subtle. More research and an empathetic attitude would have produced a better result.

Overall, the book might be liked by the likes of the author but the fact that the author has tried to bite off more than he can chew, cannot be ignored.

Best wishes!

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