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In a tale of her own life, Gauri Jayaram will make you smile, feel loved, want to travel, laugh, feel sad and sometimes angry. A book that would be less of reading but being around the author”

Wise enough to be foolish – is a true story of Gauri Jayaram which is, although published in print, that needs to be read but at no point of time you will feel like you are reading it for the book is written in such a way as if she herself is narrating it in front of us. Starting from the Cover. which has a half portrait of a girl holding a worn out suitcase with title written in beautiful font making it so attractive that you would want to try it out and know this girl’s story. Title is well considered; keeping in mind that previous prospective title of the book was “Finding Love”; however, I feel the current title is way better than the previous one.

Coming to the plot of the book; Gauri makes sure that you get each and every detail of her life starting from her birth as a Fauji Kid to have been grown up as a mid-sibling and corresponding rivalry. How she grows up in school, meeting different types of people and having a story with them. Even though the book is set in yesteryears of 1980s and 1990s, it makes you come across taboo issues like losing virginity, preference of son over daughter, live-in relationships etcetera. It further takes you to how her life takes turns when she becomes one of the toppers in not only academics but also in sports; making her parents proud and travelling to Bombay for her graduation. Although plot shifts itself to Bombay, it keeps coming back and forth and also makes you swim across her tale in Bombay where she meets amazing people, falls in love, almost gets engaged, drifts apart and falls in love again after ending up in a secret marriage that lasts with a heartbreak and again finding love for a happy ending. And when you go through every phase of her life; she will make you smile, feel good, think about and go through every emotion in a way as if it is happening to you.

A tale of an independent woman who makes her life worthwhile and makes you learn many things such as to follow your dreams, do what you want to do and not follow what others want you to; even if those “others” are your parents, persevere and never get bogged down by life’s ups and downs.

Personal Recommendation:- I would love if each and everyone reading this review goes and grabs their copy for this book is amazing beyond praises. A light read, seamless story which can be finished at one go and which would have a “feel superb” effect on you for days. Funny and witty, charming and beautiful, thrilling and unpredictable – that’s how one can describe it one shot. Every character in her story is described in such a sharp way that you can actually create mental image of everyone. One thing I bet is, you won’t get spared in falling in love with Gauri after reading this book.

Meanwhile have a look at this – 

Ratings: 5/5 — Loved every bit of it.

More details:-

Publisher: Jaico Books

Price: Rs. 225/-

ISBN-13: 978-81-8495-456-2

Some of the beautiful things about the book said in public:- 

“A charming, unputdownable read of an empowered Indian Woman – one that both men and women should read” – Milind Soman, model and actor.

“The mind of any girl is an unsolvable mystery. Gauri lets men into that maze” – Omar Qureshi – author and editor in chief, Zoom TV

“Like watching a movie….incredibly ballsy.. scarily honest”. – Abhinay Deo, film director, Delhi Belly.

About the book (at the back of the cover):-

Wise Enough to Be Foolish is a fictionalized memoir that traces the journey of an Indian girl’s life, with all its challenges and delightful surprises, as she blossoms from an insecure child into a confident young woman. This roller-coaster ride of adventure, laughter and heartache, as she balances her love life with her struggle for independence, will keep you guessing – What rules will she break next? How far will she go to find herself?

About the Author:-

Gauri Jayaram

Mother of two girls, ameteur athlete, part time writer, management school drop out, traveler, entrepreneur, in  full time employment with the world’s largest escorted touring company and woman behind The Active Holiday  Company, Gauri Jayaram is a little bit of many things and still not satisfied! she frequently combines her love  for long distance running with rock music.

For more about the book, visit

Also, part of Sales proceeds from the price of this book support Pinkathon’s Chairy – Women’s Cancer      Initiative. To Learn more about Pinkathon please visit



This book review is a part of Book Review Programme by Jaico Books


Whether I talk about love marriages or arranged, it’s a question to think if all those factors are present in that relation which will be a driving force to make that relation work.  By driving force, I mean to say if there is a chemistry and compatibility between them, if there is respect, trust and commitment in the relationship, if both the partners are willing to shoulder post-marriage responsibilities and above all if there is ‘love’ that’s binding the two together and not ‘an external force’ or ‘lust’!
Marriages are made in heaven but they aren’t as beautiful as heaven. Things do fall apart and turn bitter and marriages do break, be it love or arrange! But who is to be blamed for this? The marriage? No, not at all! It’s the absence of the ‘Driving force’ that I call.
When I compare the two types of marriage, I would firmly declare that arranged marriages, in our country usually happen within a short span of time and thus leaving very little time for the couple to know and understand each other. And unfortunately, by the time they really begin to know each other, understand each other’s pros and cons, good and bad habits and strength and weaknesses, they have already tied the knot! Such is the case where everything in a marriage gets messed up as before they could understand what they could expect from their soul mates, they blindly took a vow to be with each other for life.
On the other hand, a plus point that I see in a love marriage is that, in today’s fragmented India, one of the remedies to unite it is ‘National Integration’ at home! As arranged marriages are fixed by our elders, they tend to find a mate within their own religion, caste or sub-caste.  While love being blind, not being able to see the barriers of religion, caste or creed, binds not only two people but also their culture, their religion and their traditions. Not only does the couple have respect and tolerance for each other’s religion but also their kids would develop tolerance, faith and respect for both. Their infants would benefit of being bi-lingual and twin-cultured. These kind of marriages are one of the strongest hopes to make our country one and besides love marriage brings cohesion in the family and provides better environment for the growth of children.
In a country like India, where freedom exists just for namesake, love marriages would give the youth to exercise their right of ‘freedom of choice’ and I believe one knows their wants and desires the best. I also feel that love marriage helps the parents from escaping the guilt if they fail to choose a right mate for their children.
For all these reasons, I side love marriages more than arranged, but at the same time, I also believe that marriage is a decision that changes your entire life and therefore one needs to put in serious thinking and make a sane decision while choosing their mate.
This Post has been exclusively written for IndiBlogger’s Contest by Sony Entertainment Television for their new upcoming show – Love Marriage ya Arranged Marriage
This post has been copied from my old blog for I wanted to share this article to all of you, an article which also fetched me runner up prize in the above mentioned contest. 😀