Life is full of smiles if only you have the appropriate sense of humor or the art of laughing at yourself. "Squeezed in middle" is a collection of many such moments from life of a middle class couple Amit & Jaya. With their son Rohan , this couple who lives in a rented flat in a city represents any number of families who go through the grind of daily life pursuing their dreams.
The author has picked a few such situations that turn amusing for either the couple or for the reader who would relate to the turn of events. Ranging from fighting with each other to fighting together for their son's admission or to get things done , the characters manage to seem relatable and believable right from the beginning. It is not just their life that is brought to focus but with that, the author throws light on some of the society's thoughts and biases too. There are things we have become so accustomed to seeing around that we have forgotten how unfair it is for so many people.
While some chapters are much engaging and made me chuckle , most of the chapters evoke enough smiles but not enough laughs. Blame it on my expectations perhaps though there are two stories I loved a lot. The one that involves deciding whether to go to Jaya's parents for vacation is my favorite. quite innovative way Amit chose for that. Another one I liked was when Jaya has to buy a wedding anniversary present for herself.
Overall an enjoyable collection.
My rating : 3/5