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DGRachel
Windfall | Diksha Basu
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Panpan

I did not enjoy this at all. Mr. Jha is obnoxious, with his need to brag to everyone about his new wealth, & then his need to compete with his new neighbor about which of them had the more worthless son. I thought this would be a light, funny read, and it was just...ugh. I don't mind the audiobook narrator, but the story itself was a huge letdown. I only finished because it counts for MountTBR and I didn't want to bail on another book this month.

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Dogearedcopy
A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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PART XVI

Ooh, not gonna lie: I find cricket more baffling than Indian politics! The sections about the game go completely over my head and I‘m sure I‘m missing a lot of really great analogies, metaphors and, clever jokes!

What I do find interesting though is that Vikram Seth not only brings all three of Lara‘s suitors into one scene, but each comes back into the narrative with much stronger feelings for Lata.

Dogearedcopy Image: India‘s first Test victory: Madras, 1951-52: Polly Umrigar set up India's first Test victory with an exquisite 130 not out. 2d
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Dogearedcopy
A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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PART XV

Maan says to his nephew, Bhaskar, ‘I don‘t believe in weapons and shooting and hunting and violence...‘ So very clearly a patent lie!
Basically, the veneer of lies that we tell ourselves is very thin! It‘s small things and big things, calculated and spontaneous things. It‘s sad that there‘s ugliness underneath as opposed to an exposition of “white lies” that that might delight or surprise us.

Image: Tazia, Jaipur, Ghat area

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Pickpick

This book was very enjoyable! I think it would make a great BBC series! It‘s the first in a series and I‘m hoping the next book is as good (if not better).

MallenNC It would make a good series! 3d
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B_Lee
The White Tiger: A Novel | Aravind Adiga
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Mehso-so

I liked the style of writing and the layout of the novel. Explores class, corruption and power in India in an entertaining way. Would be a good book to discuss at a book club.

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bookishbitch
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Pickpick

This was a good one to listen to because I never would have known the proper pronunciation of many of the words myself. The author really dove headfirst into the culture and experiences of the country. I really enjoyed this one and learned a lot.

aartichapati I have a feeling the person reading the audiobook did not pronounce the words correctly, either, judging by her name :) 5d
bookishbitch @aartichapati I would think someone getting paid to read a book then does research on the pronunciation of any words contained within. Otherwise people would complain. Plus she sounded comfortable with the words to my ear. Names don't really tell you a person's background. 5d
CarolynM I really enjoyed this when I read it a few years ago. You may be interested in the book her partner wrote about this period in their lives 5d
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bookishbitch @CarolynM I will have to check that out. Thanks! 4d
aartichapati @bookishbitch yes, it‘s very possible! I have listened to multiple books with narrators who mispronounce Indian words and names all the time, that‘s all. 4d
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Dogearedcopy
A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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PART XIV
I find the sections about politics very challenging though Seth gets the basics across and, even though Nehru is a historical figure that would be easy to google, I've decided not to “spoil“ the narrative in the book by doing so. I honestly don't know what Nehru's legacy (beyond a jacket style!) is, and at the end of the chapter can't decide if: A) He just deployed a brilliant political maneuver; B) Painted himself into a corner; C) Both!

Dogearedcopy Image: A reception was held by Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, the then Minister for Health in the Government of India, at Government House, New Delhi on September 27, 1949 in honour of the delegates to the South East Asian Regional Conference of the WHO. Here, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India is seen chatting with Madame Aung San.
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bookwrm526
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Pickpick

This was my book about a subject new to me for #booked2020, the partition of India . I was inspired to pick this up by a Doctor Who episode called Demons of the Punjab. I knew the partition happened, and I knew it was brutal and had lasting impacts on the region, but that was it. It was far worse than I imagined, and I think it contains some valuable lessons some countries could learn for today!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Interesting choice! 6d
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Dogearedcopy
A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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PART XIII

It's no secret that I'm #TeamKabir! He cuts quite the romantic figure: Meet-cute in the bookstore, a date on the lake to the Taj-Mahal-like edifice, the dashing figure he cuts in his cricket whites...What do I have against Haresh? Principally, pettily, it's the fact that he chews betal nuts.That red juice staining his teeth, the ugly chewing/spitting...To me, it represents his crudeness & provincialism despite his education & ambitions.

Dogearedcopy Image: Betel nuts from India. 7d
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erinjohns
The Bridge Home | Padma Venkatraman
Mehso-so

I wanted to fall in love with this book...for me it was a bit slow-moving and some of the characters were underdeveloped. The story however is very real around the world. I have hope that children/lives like these can be found and provided forever homes.