May 29, 2018

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag is a short read that packs a punch. At once dealing with issues of class and feminism, there are many layers hidden between these 119 pages. This sparingly beautiful story gives us a glimpse into the lives of a six-member household in Bangalore, India, as their fortunes in the spice business take them, rather suddenly, from lower middle class, within one generation, to high society. Told from the point-of-view of an unnamed male narrator, we see how quickly and...

January 19, 2016

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan was an entertaining read, full of mystery and good humor. The best part is, a baby elephant plays a significant role!

 

When Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits a baby elephant from his late uncle, he is completely taken aback. How is a man supposed to raise a moody baby elephant in the middle of the city, while living in an apartment no less?! His anxious wife, mean-spirited mother-in-law, and bull-headed landlady don't make his task any...

January 13, 2016

I’ve had a rather difficult time coming up with a rating for A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian. On one hand, once I got into the story, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and what would happen next. I was also delighted to read about aspects of life in India and the Indian immigrant experience, both of which were depicted so well (having been to India myself and engaged to marry an Indian man.) On the other hand, character development was inconsistent, the portrayal of white women in the United...

December 9, 2015

 

 

It has been a few months since I last made a post on ShelfishlyAddicted, and while I do feel a little guilty, it also feels good to know that I made excellent use of my time away. 

 

For the last couple of years, I have had a deep friendship with an amazing Indian man. "K" has been a breath of fresh air in my life, reflecting my best and worst traits, and encouraging me to do and be my best, not for him or for anyone else, but for me. My self-esteem and self-efficacy has grown in leaps and bound...

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