28 July 2014

Bombay Blues; Tanuja Desai Hidier

Bombay BluesBombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The clash of cultural expectations that permeates Bombay Blues is interesting: the more modern (aka "raised/living in America") Dimple, Karsh, Kavita and Dimple's parents versus the traditional (aka "stayed in India") Sangita, Flip, Deepak and Sangita's parents. Karsh's DJ-ing in NYC includes bahngra, which is not what the clubbers in Mumbai/Bombay want to hear is a problem... Sangita's arranged marriage that will keep her from persuing her art studies is a problem... Kavita's lesbianism is a problem... and there are many others. They're handled deftly here, albeit with too-neat wrapping up towards the end.

It was, sometimes, difficult to remember that Dimple was 19 because she seemed to be a very young 19, making her choices regarding Karsh and Cowboy a little questionable. I found that repeating "she's 19" helped.

ARC provided by publisher.

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