Sari & Sins Paperback – 2 Jun 2003
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About the Author
A former employee of the Inland Revenue and an avid reader, Nisha couldn't find any novels that really appealed to her, a young woman born in the UK of Indian parents. So she bravely left her job, determined to write the book that she herself would love to read. The result was Nisha's first novel: the hilarious CHAPATTI OR CHIPS? Visit www.nishaminhas.co.uk
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Secondly, there is nothing remotely funny about it. It's written very crudely and goes into far too much graphic sexual detail, i'm not a prude, but this book is pitched as a light hearted read. The author also seems to be hellbent on ridiculing the Indian culture and it's traditions, and she uses a lot of outdated stereotypes.
I should have known better really, I had the misfortune of reading her first stupidly titled "Chappati or Chips" and that was probably even worse. I won't be buying any of Nisha Minhas' books again in a hurry! I wonder why she is on such a downer with her heritage?
I had to stop reading this book ... the errors regarding sikhs and portrayal of "catholics" just pissed me off too much. How many sikhs are called Sameer and Kareena, and Sameer's cousin called Mushaf ... oh please! I would like to say one thing to the author ... RESEARCH or don't bother at all. Stick to writing about your own culture instead of pissing off other's.
The characterisation of Aileen and 'Cloey' (did she mean Chloe?) as Roman Catholics is confused; the author seems to think that English villages are significantly Roman Catholic, when the situation would be more plausible if they were Anglicans; however, the grotesque way in which Catholicism is presented is so outlandish as not even to be funny.
I wasn't sure an editor had been anywhere near this book either - the head of a cubscout troop is usually 'Akela' not 'Arkala'.
Throughout the book the author seems not to have been inducted into the mystery of the comma; once or twice is bearable, but the regularity of the comma's appearance when a semi-colon (say) would be more appropriate just grates.
So, I'd suggest you wait for a rewrite that reduces the length of the book by 100 pages, and corrects the spelling and grammar howlers before bothering with this book.
Slightly embarressed by its title and cover i sat down to read it on my tube ride home, and hence my journey through all things taboo began...
WOWIE what a great book - from page to page i had many laffs and could relate to it from the indian point of view. It is one of those books that you keep reading paragraphs from to friends and family.
A wonderful blend of fantastic story line, comedy, sex, love & arranged marriages.
I can't recommend it enough - a true barrel of laffs!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the sound of this book from the back cover but found it all very over the top.The characters were slightly unbelieveable. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2010 by Mr. Michael Wheeler
Sari and sins was ok...nisha just drags on a bit too much...i recommend bindi and brides...its fantastic!!Published on 28 Aug. 2005
An ok book, not as interesting as I would have thought it to be, after Chapatti or Chips although this book does do a good job at looking at marraiges and the whole conecpt of them... Read morePublished on 24 April 2005