I finished the review copy of this book and all I can say is, Prajwal Parajuly, thank you for creating such a work of brilliance, the characters in this book are so real, so real that after reading it I feel I know them so well and even warmed to the main (often cold) character Chitralekha Nepauney and that I was actually at her Chaurasi (landmark 84th Birthday). Yet I know it was a story, a fiction story but one which had me addicted to it from the first few lines and it felt like I was taken to India where the book is mostly set and not actually in my office in Wales reading it! It is sad, funny, at times really funny and portrays everything and everyone in it perfectly, everybody has a story and each story is real and I know we could all relate to one or more of this individuals stories but, it is no comedy, it is about a real family, albeit a very well-off one but all the problems they have/had are interchangeable with anyones life who reads it.
For anyone that wants to read a master at work even though this is his first (long) novel (taking into account he wrote a book of short stories called
The Gurkha's Daughter), you will not be disappointed.
9.5 out of 10.
This book is released on the 6th February 2014 but is available on Kindle right now!
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