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Interesting but Slow
on 22 September 2014
Tara and her family come back to Old Delhi to stay with her sister, Bim, and brother Baba. Tara is very much the modern woman who has seen the world with her diplomat husband. Bim has stayed at home looking after her brothers and Aunt until it is just her and Baba in the old house.
This book centres around the relationships within the family aswell as the changing traditions within India. We have numerous flashbacks to the girls past which they viewed very differently to each other. Tara the daydreamer who never excelled at school but loved all the modern clubs and cinemas who couldn't wait to get married and escape from the old and dusty way of life. The more intelligent Bim who was trapped in her way of life and scared to let go.
This isn't a book with a gripping story; or indeed any real story at all. It is a snapshot of these two women, their lives and the changes within India. The characters are interesting, as are the descriptions of the Indian way of life both in the past and now. However, there is little to really get your teeth into or to hold the reader's attention for long periods of time. I didn't feel that the book flowed particularly well and I didn't feel carried along with the story in any significant way. Yes, it was interesting but I am not in any hurry to read anything similar by this author again.