|Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus by John Gray|
This is a completely personal preference and to each his own but I somehow do not enjoy non-fiction as much as I enjoy fiction primarily because the narrative can be a drag and it can resemble a sermon than to use your own intelligence. Majority of what you read on the web about the book can give you polarized views because it is a man’s perspective about how relationships unfold and how men and women are different, separate individuals. Some of the ladies have come online and called the author sexist. Strong words, but something I do not intend to follow because frankly speaking, it was from my dad’s collection and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. It is not as contemporary from that stand-point. There are a few(I can count them on my fingers) pages that do tend to get your fancy but the majority of what comes across is hopefully preaching and a guide to how one must react within a couple’s dynamics.
My intention is not to spark an ethnic debate but there was a surprising find while doing my research for this blog. India is the tomato in the sandwich or the two bread portions can be the western world and middle east. Sure, there is a lot of violence in India and I have written quite a bit on it but there was a site for the book reviews and men and women had posted their reviews on the first web page itself. Out of the first ten reviews, 70% were women who had written extensively, in Urdu or Arabic and were downright condescending. Even the men did not spare the author in English by giving the book only a couple of stars out of five. With such a divisive audience, I cannot imagine how the book has managed to get a grip on the audience still. Not to take anything away from John Gray who stays true to his style and keeps on writing. Another reason why I did read it though was that I thought that it would give me pointers about being a better husband and it helped to some extent in terms of being an eye-opener but it petered down like a new year resolution wherein I thought about it but didn’t put it to practice.