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Thursday, March 13, 2014

BOOK REVIEW 4 : THE MANGO SEASON

Author - Amulya Malladi

This novel is kind of similar to “A Good Indian wife” about which I reviewed here. They have so much in common right from NRI Authors, Indian Vs Western culture differences, the Brahmin families, etc.

The Plot:
Priya Rao leaves India when she was 20 and returns back after 7 years with the news that she is engaged to Nick Collins, an American, a person whom her family knows nothing about. She belongs to a very orthodox Telugu Brahmin family and her relationship status is going to break their hearts.  Like just another Indian family, Priya’s parents want her to get married to “A Nice Indian Boy”. She stumbles to handle their expected disappointment and finds it very hard to choose between her love for parents and her love of life. 

Priya tries to reveal the secret to her family at various occasions but it isn't that easy as Nick thinks. She wants to be the same old good, obedient daughter but also realizes she must live her own life. Every Indian girl can easily identify themselves in Priya and understand well the pressure she faces. 


MY REVIEW

Although the first few chapters seemed quite deviating with the recipes, the novel certainly has a strong grip. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of a Mango season, the summer in India, bride-seeing ceremonies and the intra-family interactions. The story is guessable but the way it unfolds is quite nice.The mails which Priya and Nick share, shows their intimacy. Priya is clear about what she wants but hesitates to express. Her reluctance to speak about Nick is little irritating but it is completely understandable from her point of view. 

It is really a power packed story of Love, Tradition, Culture, Family Values and how we Indians get lost in the middle of everything without having the courage to stand up for what we want in life and going ahead by the decision taken by our respective families. I totally loved Priya’s character, as any Indian girl from a typical Brahmin family would have faced this sort of pressure. The final twist in the story and Priya's convo with her father is remarkable.  

If you are looking for a quick summer read, The Mango Season is a great choice.  

Rating : 4/5

Price : Rs 758/- (Hard Cover)
Publisher: The Random House Publishing Group
Year of Publication: 2004
Number of pages: 272


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