Saturday 27 February 2021

Book Review : Excess Baggage by Richa S. Mukherjee : Tale of Emotions

To taste the sweetness of mother daughter duo on a trip to rediscover something new. 

The Book Cover:

It was the cover that compelled me to pick the book. It has the main lead and her mother with the baggage with their boarding pass in the background.

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About the Author: Richa S. Mukherjee

Richa Mukherjee is an ex-journalist and an old hand in the advertising industry. She's the author of I Didn't Expect to be Expecting, a light-hearted take on pregnancy, and Kanpur Khoofiya Pvt. Ltd, a humorous thriller that has been procured for a screen adaptation. Excess Baggage is her third book.

The Story Plot:

The story revolves around Anviksha and her mother Smita Punjabi. Anviksha Punjabi, a Sindhi lady in her thirties who is a sociocultural anthropologist works at a reputed company but and is someone who is confused about a perfect life. 

She is very short tempered and could hardly bear any discussion on relationships as nothing seems to be perfect in her life. Her two times failed marriage makes things all the more difficult to handle. She wants to break free from all these sociocultural baggage of meaningless expectations, roles and relationships.

Her mother, Smita Punjabi runs a boutique and is someone who is best at spreading any news like fire. She always had a gaggle of aunties at her house to add more trouble to Anviksha's life.

To relieve herself from this emotional melodrama she plans a trip to Europe. But her plans to go on a trip all alone fails when her mother forcefully convince her to let her along. 

Well, the hilarious experiences of mother daughter would leave you in splits of laughter.

Baggage of Love:

  • Loved the most about this fascinating work is the writing style and narration.
  • It is very difficult to make someone laugh but the author Richa Mukherjee's story telling technique makes it so relatable and easy.
  • The portrayal of Anviksha's mother, Smita Punjabi's character just touches our heart.
  • There are many characters introduced in the story that add different flavours and how they eventually help to transform Anviksha is worth reading. 
  • The characters are shaped with utter care and attention by adding suspenseful and interesting moments is truly commendable.
  • The title very aptly conveys that Anviksha feels overburdened by her mother, but finally she understands her worth when she teaches her few life lessons.

Critic Richa Book Review - MeenalSonal

Final word: 

The author, Richa Mukherjee puts across a very beautiful message that each one comes in different shapes and sizes, so shared the excess baggage of burdening ourselves to attain that perfect life. Learn to value yourself by ignoring little imperfections in life. This book is definitely worth the read for all who are excessively burdened with baggage of leading a perfect life. Overall, a delightful work full of surprises that sets you on journey of a laughter ride.

Book Details:

Title: Excess Baggage

Author: Richa S. Mukherjee

Publisher: HarperCollins India

Genre: Fiction

Format: Paperback, available on Amazon

Length: 316 pages


This Book Review is under the Book Review program of Blogchatter, where we have received the book in exchange of the honest review. If you keen on reading books and reviewing them then you can check the latest books added in the Book Review section. 



  1. Excess baggage seems like a good read. I usually enjoy books that are based out of India and how the societial problems are handled.

  2. Starting from its book cover, to the plot, I liked this book. I haven't read it yet but read its review. Mother-daugter conversation is always interesting. And you have given it 4.5 rating. I am sure it will be good.

  3. Really the cover is so catchy & alluring. Also i liked the plot & the message the author wants to convey.

  4. Looks like Excess Baggage by Richa S. Mukherjee is a must buy. I'll get my hands on this one soon 😊

  5. Thanks for sharing the review. First of all I just love the cover of this book its quite amazing. Will definitely going to read this book for sure.

  6. This book sounds interesting and promising. The cover is cute and the storyline of this duos adventures is something that I would like to read more on

  7. I am loving the story plot already. Seems very exciting. I am gonna get a copy for me .

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  9. You have lucidly pointed out every facets of the book, which is commendable. The author.seemingly addressed the core reason behind the relationship.issues these days.

  10. It has been ages since I read a hilarious book. Surely I will pick this book. In this era of precarious future, all we need is laugh out loud

  11. I read Excess Baggage too and agree with your review. It is a wonderful read that celebrates the mother-daughter bond in a novel and unique way.

  12. i have read this book.. and I liked it.. loved the way you have reviewed it and your honest thoughts on it .. look fowat to more such reviews

  13. We surely live life with some baggage of past, present or while thinking of future. But lately, I left such thoughts. The book looks like a good read.

  14. I have read a good reviews of this book and your review confirms that it is a must read. I am going to get one and would love to review it too.

  15. I have been reading some great reviews on this book and for sure this book has made it's way into my TBR list. Waiting to read it soon.

  16. I have read this book and found it pretty interesting, I like the way author has created the estranged duo seem fill the space with their own energies and create a nice symphony. Lovely review.

  17. I am so happy to read the plot of the book, it's really amazing. I will definitely going to get my copy even the cover of the book looks so interesting.

  18. Wow, this book seems pretty interesting. I have indeed heard some amazing reviews. With your review, I am definitely adding it to my cart!

  19. I've been hearing a lot about this book. The plot sounds intriguing to me, gonna check the book for sure.

  20. Totally in love with the story plot.I would live to buy the book after reading this review.Looking forward to some more amazing reviews.


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