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Wishful Wednesday 37: Oleander Girl


Udah tiga bulan hiatus ngeblog, termasuk partisipasi Wishful Wednesday.
Terus terang, gara-gara sakit lama dan kerjaan, semangat baca agak meluntur. Harus dipecut lagi nih supaya rajin baca lagi.

Gara-gara buka Facebook, saya jadi kepengin banget punya novel yang ini:



From the bestselling author of One Amazing Thing, a sweeping, suspenseful, atmospheric coming-of-age novel about a young woman who leaves India for America on a search that will transform her life.

Beloved by critics and readers, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has been hailed by Junot Díaz as a “brilliant storyteller” and by People magazine as a “skilled cartographer of the heart”. Now, Divakaruni returns with her most gripping novel yet.

Orphaned at birth, seventeen-year-old Korobi Roy is the scion of a distinguished Kolkata family and has enjoyed a privileged, sheltered childhood with her adoring grandparents. But she is troubled by the silence that surrounds her parents’ death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: the love note she found hidden in her mother’s book of poetry. Korobi dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents’, and it seems her wish has come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile business family.

But shortly after their engagement, a heart attack kills Korobi’s grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi’s past. Shattered by this discovery and by her grandparents’ betrayal, Korobi undertakes a courageous search across post 9/11 America to find her true identity. Her dramatic, often startling journey will, ultimately, thrust her into the most difficult decision of her life.

Ciri khas tulisan Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni adalah cerita tentang imigran asal India yang tinggal/pindah ke Amerika Serikat membawa adat-istiadatnya yang kental.

Karena kebanyakan koleksi saya novel terjemahan, maka saya juga berharap buku ini diterjemahkan oleh GPU.

Yuk, yang mau ikutan Wishful Wednesday, langsung aja klik blog Perpus Kecil by Astrid.

Happy Wednesday


Wishful Wednesday 14: The Mango Season

20130403-124544.jpg Setelah minggu lalu absen karena memang nggak ada wishlist, minggu ini gue kembali berkeinginan untuk memiliki buku ini: 101384

Every young Indian leaving the homeland for the United States is given the following orders by their parents: Don’t eat any cow (It’s still sacred!), don’t go out too much, save (and save, and save) your money, and most important, do not marry a foreigner. Priya Rao left India when she was twenty to study in the U.S., and she’s never been back. Now, seven years later, she’s out of excuses. She has to return and give her family the news: She’s engaged to Nick Collins, a kind, loving American man. It’s going to break their hearts. Returning to India is an overwhelming experience for Priya. When she was growing up, summer was all about mangoes—ripe, sweet mangoes, bursting with juices that dripped down your chin, hands, and neck. But after years away, she sweats as if she’s never been through an Indian summer before. Everything looks dirtier than she remembered. And things that used to seem natural (a buffalo strolling down a newly laid asphalt road, for example) now feel totally chaotic. But Priya’s relatives remain the same. Her mother and father insist that it’s time they arranged her marriage to a “nice Indian boy.” Her extended family talks of nothing but marriage—particularly the marriage of her uncle Anand, which still has them reeling. Not only did Anand marry a woman from another Indian state, but he also married for love. Happiness and love are not the point of her grandparents’ or her parents’ union. In her family’s rule book, duty is at the top of the list. Just as Priya begins to feel she can’t possibly tell her family that she’s engaged to an American, a secret is revealed that leaves her stunned and off-balance. Now she is forced to choose between the love of her family and Nick, the love of her life. As sharp and intoxicating as sugarcane juice bought fresh from a market cart, The Mango Season is a delightful trip into the heart and soul of both contemporary India and a woman on the edge of a profound life change.

Buku Amulya Malladi yang udah gue baca baru Serving Crazy with Curry dan gue sangat suka dengan cara penuturan Amulya dan sentuhan gelap dalam novel tersebut. Penasaran dengan The Mango Season. Untuk yang mau ikutan Wishful Wednesday, langsung aja meluncur ke blognya Astrid di sini. Happy Wednesday dan jangan lupa untuk membaca buku hari ini! 20130322-091443.jpg

[Book Review] Serving Crazy with Curry by Amulya Malladi



Title: Serving Crazy With Curry
Author: Amulya Malladi
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: October 25th, 2004
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345466128
Format: Ebook
Category: Fiction/Indian Lit/ Family/Cultural/Food Lit

Book blurb:

Between the pressures to marry and become a traditional Indian wife and the humiliation of losing her job in Silicon Valley, Devi is on the edge-where the only way out seems to be to jump. . . .

Yet Devi’s plans to “end it all” fall short when she is saved by the last person she wants to see: her mother. Forced to move in with her parents until she recovers, Devi refuses to speak. Instead, she cooks . . . nonstop. And not the usual fare, but off the wall twists on Indian classics, like blueberry curry chicken or Cajun prawn biryani. Now family meals are no longer obligations. Devi’s parents, her sister, and her brother-in-law can’t get enough-and they suddenly find their lives taking turns as surprising as the impromptu creations Devi whips up in the kitchen each night. Then a stranger appears out of the blue. Devi, it appears, had a secret-one that touches many a nerve in her tightly wound family. Though exposing some shattering truths, the secret will also gather them back together in ways they never dreamed possible.

Interspersed with mouthwatering recipes, this story mixes humor, warmth, and leap-off-the-page characters into a rich stew of a novel that reveals a woman’s struggle for acceptance from her family and herself.

This book is about Devi and her dysfunctional family. Unlike any other Indian Lit that I read, this one is blunt and digs about the taboo subjects among Indians: pre-marital sex, divorce, suicide, and atheism.

It started with Devi who tried to kill herself, but failed. Then The narrator told about Devi’s grandfather who committed suicide. It touches the psychological aspect. I read somewhere that suicidal tendencies run in the family. Britney Spears, who was in turbulance (we don’t know what she did to herself during that phase), was in the tabloids. One article mentioned about her grandmother who hanged herself (if I’m not mistaken). It makes sense to me.

After the fail suicide attempt, Devi shut her mouth and being muted for four months. One by one, the secrets in the family revealed. Sobha’s unhappy marriage with Girish, his husband through arranged marriage. Saroj and Avi’s marriage was also in trouble (Saroj and Avi are Devi and Sobha’s parents). And Vasu, Saroj’s mother who has health issues. She was gloomy after the love of her life died of cancer.

Devi discovered her passion in the kitchen. During her mute phase, she tried to cook Indian food, and the result was surprisingly great. She’s become the best chef in the house.

Out of the blue, Jay, Devi’s ex-lover-turned-best friend, came to her house to spill the shocking news, the secret that Devi buried. That’s the main reason of her mental breakdown.

It’s the best family fiction I’ve ever read. Every character has its flaw. The family is traditional but less religious. Even Sobha said she’s an atheist. And, of course, the mouth watering recipes are appealing.

The last part is also my favorite, when Amulya talked to the characters. A unique approach in writing.

If you love family drama, don’t miss this one.