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Sari & Sins Paperback – 2 Jun 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (2 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743430468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743430463
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 704,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Firstly, this is not a "new" book, it's been out a good few years.
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 The author also seems to be hellbent on ridiculing the Indian culture and it's traditions, and she uses a lot of outdated stereotypes.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?
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By A Customer on 28 April 2004
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This is an awful book, I love Asian fiction and am dying to read moreabout 2nd generations so I thought this would be a good pick. Thecharacters are pathetic and have no development they are unreal and theiractions make no sense. As a career minded Asian women I could not relateto Kareena at all who is meant to be all innocent, what a joke. I thinkthis book really plays on stereotypes and the characters are either stupidor evil. It portrays women who have no ambition or brains and makes uslook like we all need man or we can't cope on our own. I don't thinkMinhas has a handle on British Asians today and who and what they are andthe challenges they face. Sorry but I was hoping for more, and the sexcontent is what makes this sell, how unfortunate.
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Sari and Sins

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.
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By A Customer on 19 Jan. 2004
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Book has a weak storyline; completely unreal characters who keep on bonking each other all the time - is written in a grandmotherly tone - indians do this, indians think like this etc etc....complete nonsense to generalise about a nation of one billion people....reinforces the misconceptions of non-Indians about Indians... factual errors include talking about halal meat being eaten by sikhs and also sameer is a very very unlikely sikh name......is the worst book i have read in my life.
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Love all her books. This isnt her best though. easy quick chick flick read. Gives you an insight again into problems facing eastern (but westrn born) women when it comes to love, kept light though. Helps you understand their dilema in a way. Funny at times.
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I enjoyed 'Bindis and Brides' and 'Passion and Poppadoms', so have been disappointed with this effort. The premise of the book is a good starting point for this genre - conflict between an arranged marriage and a secret girlfriend - but this is poorly executed.

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.
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So i went into the bookshop for usual stint of looking in the top 10 bestsellers for any books by asian authors. Where I suddenly spot Sari and Sins. I had read Nisha' Minhas's previous novel "Chapatti and Chips" and knew that this book would probably be as funny and outragous.
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!!!
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By A Customer on 20 May 2004
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I loved this book and it was a joy to read. I'm a British Asian and get sick of the old-fashioned Asians afraid to read the truth. This book, even though it is as funny as hell, tells the truth about Indian culture, which is obviously a little too close to home for some reviewers. This is the first Asian book that I have read that speaks honestly about arranged marriages, Asian home life and the Indian way. I think the author is very brave to speak out about topics that some people would rather were left untold. The plot is great, the twists are superb, the writing is frank. Well done Nisha!!! I look forward to Passion and Poppadoms as do most of my Asian friends.
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