Book review: Bend Your Knees & Do Your Best

Have you ever wished that you got a sign from the universe regarding a decision or how the things would go? I know I have. While you might believe in astrology and zodiac signs or not, but I am sure getting these signs would make life lot more simpler right? Kalyani gets such a foresighted friend to guide her through the turbulent times of her life, in Bend Your Knees Do Your Best. Intrigued? Read on.

About the book

Bend Your Knees & Do Your Best

Book Name: Bend Your Knees Do Your Best

Author:  Kalyani

Genre: Fiction – Drama

Characters: Kalyani, Hiranya, Viji, Gautam

Setting: Bangalore, India

Disclaimer: The review was commissioned by the author and it has not changed my opinion on the book any manner.


Kalyani has almost everything that the woman of her age can only dream of from her life – financial security,  parents who have finally made peace with her idea of being single for live and more than all a good career. She has a long standing friendship with the demon king Hiranyakashyap, a mentor and a guide to her God less life.  Bend Your Knees Do Your Best follows Kalyani’s quest to attain her dream, flavored with office drama and politics.

Her life plan goes for a toss when she was handed over the list of people she has to lay off. She faces the prospect of being laid off, her stomach cramps that threatens to be cancerous and her goal to buy a house in Bangalore seems more distant than ever. And to top it all, she suspects ‘a friend’ is sending her daily psychic gyans to solve her mid life crisis.

Bend Your Knees Do Your Best deals with a plot that any person who has worked in the corporate world would relate to. Despite the lighter and snarky note that the writer has chosen to tread through, Bend Your Knees Do Your Best delves into serious topics and asks the reader several soul searching questions.

Things that worked for me

  • I loved the nick names Kalyani had for her colleagues based on their characteristics and how they all tied up at the  end. 
  • I totally dug the relationship between Kalyani, Hiranya and God. I think most of my favorite quotes from this part. 

Things that didn’t work for me

  • While I loved the writing in most places and it had me chuckling or rolling my eyes at the typical Indian mentality, getting through the 500+ pages was hard especially the parts where the protagonist seemed to over think and ramble on.
  • Of course the witty lines helped greatly but on the whole a stricter editing would have made Bend Your Knees Do Your Best so much better than what it is already.

Bottom – line

If you are one is us who have ‘Monday Blues’ and dread walking into your work place every morning, then Bend Your Knees Do Your Best is a book that will get you to chuckle out aloud.

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  1. Jenn @ Bound to Writing

    This sounds interesting. Not sure if it’s something for me though. Especially with the length. Great review! 🙂

    • Gayathri

      Exactly, the length was the main fall!

  2. Vivien Ayinotu

    Sounds like a great read. Would love to read it.

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    • Gayathri

      I have been on vacation and thanks for offering your book. I will mail you soon.

  3. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    This sounds pretty interesting 🙂 I can’t believe it’s that long though and that you got through 500 pages 😀 that’s some serious commitment!

    • Gayathri

      You said it. It was a tedious 500 pages for sure. But I somehow got thru it.


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Gayathri has been reviewing books since 2010. When she is not reading books or creating online content, she works as a writer and a digital marketer. Head over to meet me!