A host of interesting characters and beautifully described settings is what makes Tuki’s Grand Salon Chase an enjoyable read. Parul Sharma managed to convince me as the reader in the fact that love can be found in the unlikeliest of places even when you are not looking for it. Tulika or Tuki as she likes to be called has her life all planned out, a move from the small local Beauty parlour to an upmarket salon and then her own salon.
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Suddenly her entire life comes crashing down when she gets entangled in one problem too many. She decides to run away from her problems to a small village in Goa and has nothing else but her passion for her work as a hairdresser to fall back on. The way she overcomes all her problems and eventually finds her way to true love and her dreams is what the story is all about.
Tuki is a girl with a dream and has worked with a single-minded focus towards achieving the goals she has set out for herself. When her entire life falls apart and she doesn’t know what to do is when she starts to grow as a person. The confusion and the growth in her character have been wonderfully portrayed by Parul and work wonders for the story.
Also, the picturesque description of the places draws a vivid visual in the mind of the reader, be it Bandra, Aldona or London. This works in the favour of the Story and the places are intrinsic to moving the story forward. The number of characters in the book though made it a little confusing and interrupted my flow of reading as I had to keep going back to figure out who the characters were. Also, I felt the second half of the book was rushed as compared to the first half.
Parul has managed to create interesting characters and many interesting instances that people can relate to. All in all the book makes an enjoyable read.