From groom hunting by parents to self-hunting. From being a good traditional South Indian girl to wannabe bombshell. A lot of it seems autobiographical. As the bio-data of the author meets the protagonist quite a bit.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Keep the Change by Nirupama Subramanian. The uncoolness of her name plagues B. Damayanthi, along with the bunch of unsuitable prospective husbands her Amma throws at her, a dead-end job as an accountant in a decrepit firm, the oppressiveness of Chennai.
When she finally jettisons her job and some of her inhibitions to join a bank in Mumbai, Amma's parting words are: 'Be good. Don't do anything silly. Aided by dubious words of wisdom from the cherub-faced Jimmy, she must impress the intellectual C. Can a good girl have a really good time? Can the conservative, curd-rice-eating Damayanthi become a cool, corporate babe? Keep the Change is a rollicking, wickedly witty story of every girl's journey to fulfill her dreams and find her own place in the world.
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Nov 15, Neetha rated it really liked it. The story is nothing new but the writing style is hilarious It's fun to read Jan 15, Richa Bhattarai rated it liked it. It's a fun read! You'll be pleasantly surprised. Aug 31, Jaya Siva rated it really liked it. A very funnily and differently written book.
I loved the way Nirupama built her protagonist and the story using the medium of letters. Also the characters were not prim, proper and perfect; making them easier to relate to! And while the whole story was fun to read, I wished the ending were a little different and perhaps 'happier'.
Jan 10, Apoorva rated it liked it. It is a typical diary entry about the life of a conservative family's unconservative daughter who goes out of the shell and learns to live her life on her own terms by learning through mistakes or just simply chilling. Clash of values and the modern day living is present but balance has been made in the book.
May 08, Malathy Garewal rated it it was amazing. Loved this book as I can relate to this very well. Damayanthi is typical of middle-class girls who grow up in Chennai, study in girls' schools and colleges. Her entry into the corporate world reminded me of mine. The story resonates well and is so typical of Chennai life. Jun 11, Shivani rated it liked it. Good chicklit But seems I have overgrown the ohase of liking chiklits now! Jan 03, Seetha Ravindran rated it really liked it. The book is nice for a one time read.
Its one of those novels where you know how its gonna end but you read ahead anyway. May 08, Priya S rated it really liked it. Could relate myself to the character at so many places. So lucidly written and witty. A brilliant piece. Pick this book if relieving your mind is the purpose. Jul 06, Ruchi Nigam rated it liked it. A usual story written in an engaging and different style. Secret of Protagonists Damyanthi's friend 'Vic' in the end was surprising. Oct 23, Sundarraj Kaushik rated it liked it.
The coming to corporate world of a Tam Bram girl, Damayanti, born and brought up in the confines of Amman Kovil Street in an orthodox Brahmin setup somewhere in Chennai.
A typical Brahmin girl who has She has been putting off marriage proposals brought to her by her parents. She longs to break free from the confines of the street and go romping in the world cavorting with the alpha males and lead a life like the women in The Sex in the City and other serials that she watches on the TV. She wishe The coming to corporate world of a Tam Bram girl, Damayanti, born and brought up in the confines of Amman Kovil Street in an orthodox Brahmin setup somewhere in Chennai.
She wishes to get boyfriend as described in the Mills and Boons books. She gets her opportunity to break free when she gets an offer from an MNC bank and is asked to relocate to Mumbai. Her parents are hesitant, but they relent and let her go with enough words of caution.
She comes to Mumbai and settles in a flat provided by the company in Khar. She finds a good friend in a Parsi colleague whose company she likes. They find that they have been assigned to a not so desirable project under a manager who has not made his mark in the bank.
They are asked to come up with a plan to reduce the costs in the banks by streamlining the processes along with an external consultant. Damayanti, finds the consultant not so friendly, but then after a few casual unofficial encounters with him finds him to be friendly.
Her Parsi friend tends to while away his time browsing the internet rather than contribute to the project.
Damayanti is soon sent off to Goa for a induction cum training course with a bunch of other new comers to the bank. She is again cautioned by her mother to be careful while in Goa. She finds Rahul an alpha male from the bank who has come to Goa on a bike. He flirts with her and on the last day they end up at a seaside shack wining and dining.
Rahul is inclined to sleep with her, but at the last minute she shrugs him off and he goes away. She is scared that Rahul will not call her after reaching Mumbai and keeps cursing herself for not giving herself to him so that she could be closer to him.
In the meantime Damayanti gets a skinny, modern, fashionista as her roommate. They do not get together with each other. Rahul contacts her off and one and they go to a few places in Mumbai.
Finally they end up in his flat. Rahul has his hands all over her when she gets a call from her mother telling her that her grandmother is ill. Damayanti uses this and leave Rahul. In the meantime there is pressure to finish up the project that they are doing along with the external consultant. They are finally assigned a desk and when they rummage through the earlier occupant's content they find a report by a trainee for reducing costs.
Her Parsi friend suggests that they use the report and pass it of as their own. Damayanti is hesitant but agrees. They end up meeting the cost saving targets thanks to the report of the trainee.
Keep the change by Nirupama Subramanian
Damayanthi has never rebelled, never done a wild thing in her life. She has topped all her grades, become a CA and now works with the neighbourhood Chartered Accountants. She lives with her parents and they have been trying very hard to get her hitched off. At the ripe old age of 26, they fear that their daughter will remain a old maid unless drastic measures are taken. Damayanthi on the other hand, is bored and dying for a change. Bored of her job, bored of her life, bored of leading a life where watching Sex and the City is the high point of her life. Egged on by her successful friend Sumi, she jazzes up her CV and started applying.
Book Review: Keep The Change by Nirupama Subramaniam
I wish I had read this years ago when it was published. This book is about a young Indian chartered accountant, who is at the eligible age to get married but considered to be unfortunate enough to not have found a suitable prospect. She wants to achieve more and be the best; at least be above average. She does not want to be just an ordinary chartered accountant, flipping through the bills and audit working papers. She wants to be the woman empowering women, to be influential in the finance world. She flies to a new city and lives there independently, faces new challenges and also enjoys fun moments.
Keep the Change by Nirupama Subramanian
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