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  • The Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Good News

  • Written by: Meghna Pant
  • Narrated by: Riddhi Dave
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance, Contemporary
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Thirty-four-year-old Ladoo, a simple middle-class divorcée from Rishikesh, wants only one thing from life - a baby. She eats gondh halwa, drinks badam milk, and takes folic acid to stop her ticking biological clock and become the world’s most fertile woman.

When an accidental meeting with a gynaecologist reveals that her ‘eggs are drying up’ and finding a sperm donor is her last chance of having a child, Ladoo races against time to find the right baby daddy, whose kundali matches her, while addressing her own mixed feelings about whether Mr. Right Donor can also be Mr. Right.

Along the way, Ladoo must figure out whether motherhood means marriage, whether being a single mother means loneliness, whether ‘my body, my rules’ applies to women, and whether doing something scandalous is outrageous or courageous.

"Finally! The woman-centric comedy we’ve been waiting for." (Kaneez Surka, comedian)

"This read encapsulates important social issues in fun, accessible writing. Can’t wait to see it made into a film." (Lisa Ray, actor and author)

"One of the funniest and most pertinent books of our time." (Anu Menon, actor and comedian)

"Witty and extremely relevant." (Maanvi Gagroo, actor)

"With this book, Meghna Pant proves that she’s funnier - and Sorabh Pant agrees - than her brother." (Atul Khatri, comedian)

"A hysterical family drama that should be read by every woman, and all men." (Abish Mathew, comedian and YouTuber)

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A perfect happy read!



In India, a ‘good news ‘which means the arrival of a baby doesn’t always spread the same amount of joy to our strict judgmental society. When someone conceives at the right time and age with a happily married life, it’s a sign of joy but when a woman decides to go out of the way to become a single mother she faces the criticism and is basically ‘badnaam-ed’ by society.
 
The Terrible Horrible Very Bad Good News by Meghna Pant takes us through the life of Ladoo, who decides to conceive through IVF and how her life becomes chaotic by the stereotypic thoughts and judgements that add on to her ‘divorcee and pregnant’ stigma. She is felt like a sinner for choosing to be a single mother.
 
I heard this book on Audible narrated by Riddhi Dave and this book has all the feel-good laughter therapy moments that a reader could crave for after a heavy or disappointing read. I laughed my way out like no one’s watching while listening to the book. This book is written and narrated with a typical Indian flavour.
There’s drama, emotions, laughter and sarcastic commentary that would keep its readers excited with no scopes of regret.
Meghna Pant does an appreciable work to bring out a stereotypic stigma like motherhood and pregnancy with such humour and seriousness all balanced and punched at the right moment.
 
Since it was my first experience with an audiobook and I wished to hear something easy to comprehend, I loved the narration of this book. The characters and plot entered my head as easily as a Bollywood film. I loved Riddhi Dave’s oration that made me feel every single sentence placing me in the characters’ shoes.
 
The spine of the book is although heavy but the author graces her readers with some light senses too in between which are smooth and heartfelt, for example, like the parts where Ladddo needs to take a firm decision on being a single mother and Tamara, her sister supports her immensely. I also felt a hard pang in my heart when the mother of the protagonist wasn’t accepting her daughter’s pregnancy obviously because so the social gossip spread around. These were the parts I could connect. Also, I loved every bit of the humour.
 
The author, Meghna Pant’s book is of course a page-turner and never loses its true detailing and objective. The author is creative and her visionary shows in every single chapter of the book. 


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A fun and interesting book

I loved it. Finished it in just 3 days. This book can be converted to a superhit movie.

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Dramatic

Showcases the tyical thinking & mentality of Indian family despite today's modern day. Nice humor. Enjoyed Listening!!!

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I loved it

I really loved th story and narration as well. Narrator was superb talented... Ladoo and Tamara makes the best sister combo 😍