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Anita & Me - Meera Syal

This is one of the few times where I first saw a film before reading the book which inspired it. I still vividly remember that it was a lazy Sunday afternoon in Mumbai’s sultry summer when I chanced upon this film playing on ‘Star Movies’. The atmosphere at home was laden with blissful sleep which was a natural consequence of a scrumptious feast devoured at lunch….
Coming back to the subject, I felt at the time that the film was rather stereotypical of the portrayal of an Indian immigrant family living in the UK. However, it is only when I read the book that my perception changed. I can safely say that ‘Anita & Me’ is a true echo of life as an Indian immigrant in 70s Britain; Britain that was not as ethnically diverse as it is today, a place where an immigrant truly felt that he/she was an ‘outsider’ especially in a coal mining village which was predominantly white. Now, add to this the pangs of a teenage girl trying to make sense of adolescence and culture conflict at the same tim…

Jaipur Literature Festival - London Southbank (2016)

I was extremely excited when I found about the Jaipur Literature Festival taking place at Southbank London on 21st May 2016. Now, this is an event I HAD to attend and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be part of one of the greatest literature festivals around the world. I know the real deal is in attending the festival in India but hey ho! For lack of a better analogy, the mountain came to Muhammed!
The festival was a full day event which consisted of a number of simultaneous events lined up during the course of the day. So, choosing one of 6 events proved to be quite a challenge and I did think it would have been handy if I were able to clone myself!
The first event I chose to attend was “British Asian”. The panel consisted of Yasmin Khan, Mukulika Banerjee and   Satnam Sanghera. The discussion was enriching as it helped the audience form their own opinions about the journey of British Asians. Insight was provided into immigration, historical links between England and Indi…

Before We Visit The Goddess - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

When I received this book for review, I was overwhelmed. If you observe my blog posts closely you will notice that of the books that I have reviewed, 2 are authored by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. No other author features more than once, not yet. Now, that’s saying something. To be honest, I experienced a very real ‘fan moment’ at the time - To think that I was considered worthy enough to review her work! Wow! Was this really happening to me and so on and so forth.  It has therefore, taken me a while to gather my thoughts and put them to paper, to let the emotion wash away a little so that I can give you a coherent take on the book.
‘Before We Visit The Goddess’ is a novel about the lives of 3 women with differing personalities and ambitions but with one very strong bond that ties them all, that of family. Sabitri, Bela and Tara. Grandmother, Mother and Daughter.
My initial feeling when reading the book was akin to being in a time capsule rocketing from the 1940s to 1990s and through t…