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Reviewed in India on 2 March 2021
Joint Family by Shiwani Kumar is a light-hearted family drama set in the '80s. Farming is their main source of income and their crop is weed. It was not banned back then and they were trading it for medicinal purpose. Just like every joint family, there is ego clashes, greed, betrayals which often creates havoc in the family. But what will happen when the government bans weed cultivation all of a sudden and subsequently cutting the only source of their income?
First of all, I really liked the creativity of the author to came up with such a humorous plot. The title of the book reflects the story accurately. This is a 'joint' family depended on 'joint'. The glue which connects them together is 'joint'. The older members of the family are too much attached to this weed cultivation. Their memories, habits, morals and opinions are based on this only. The author accurately portrays the misconceptions people had back in the '80s too.
The story is written as a flashback to give the contrasting feel of societal setting in the present day and in the '80s. The plot represents our social transformation over a span of 40 years. Apart from the freshness in the story, the story lacks a compelling narration. It is flat and lacks the ability to create empathy between characters.
Overall, it is a fresh story that take you through a relatable family drama.