Chicklit is one of my favourite genres. Mostly, I pick it up as a stress relief after a heavy bout of historical fiction or mythological non-fiction. Tuki’s Grand Salon Chase can be slotted in the same space as it has all the trappings of a good chicklit; weird friends, professional relationships, personal relationships, a goal not met and dreams unlimited.
Tuki’s Grand Salon Chase is the story of Tulika Athvare. An ordinary middle class girl who dreams of owning her own beauty salon, one day. Working at an upmarket salon called Nancy’s Factory, she hones her skills as a hair stylist. Simple and down-to-earth, Tuki is very accommodating with her clients and goes out of her way to help them in their personal life. Her clients love her unique sense of styling and most of them like Bijoy and Brenda become friends for life. Tuki hopes to get promoted as the senior hair stylist and dreams of being selected for a scholarship at a prestigious hair styling school in London.
Enters Faraaz, a cute tattoo artist, who is interested in Tuki though she doesn’t respond to his advances. Things come to a head when the Tuki’s boss’s daughter Renee, falls in love with him and gets jealous of Tuki. Tuki tries her best to diffuse the situation but her life spirals out of control from this point, when Renee sabotages a celebrity hair treatment that she was involved in.
Parul has an easy lucid style of writing that sucks us right into the story. She also gives us a wonderful insight into a hair stylist’s life that was very interesting to read. But the pace of the book drops after it reaches Goa. The climax seemed a bit drawn out though the author provides a satisfying end.
Plus Points: Easy style of writing. Interesting plot.
Minus Points: The ending seemed a bit drawn out.
Verdict: An enjoyable weekend read