Rohinton Mistry's "Family Matters" and Indian Potluck

This meetup is a joint event with one of my other groups, Little India in Ann Arbor (
http://www.meetup.com.... The novel "Family Matters" by Rohinton Mistry is a gripping work by a contemporary Indian author. Amazon.com wrote this review of the novel: "Set during the 1990s in an overcrowded and politically corrupt Bombay, Rohinton Mistry's">Mistry's Family Matters depicts a family being torn apart by lies, love, and its unresolved demons of the past. Nariman Vakeel is an aging patriarch whose advancing Parkinson's disease and its related complications threaten to destroy his large Parsi family. When Nariman breaks his ankle and becomes bedridden, his two stepchildren turn his care over to their half-sister, Roxanne, who lives in a two-room flat with her husband and two sons. What follows is each character's reaction to this situation, from Roxanne's husband's struggle to provide for his family without neglecting his conscience to their sons' coming of age in an era of uncertainty. Expertly interspersed between these dilemmas are Nariman's tortured remembrances of a forbidden love and its inescapable consequences ("no matter where you go in the world, there is only one story: of youth, and loss, and yearning for redemption. So we tell the same story, over and over. Just the details are different")." Since this is a joint meetup with Little India, I thought that it might be fun to make this event a potluck. Everyone make or buy one Indian dish to pass (aim to feed about 10 people). If you are unsure of what to bring, I would be happy to give suggestions. When you RSVP, please indicate what you will be bringing, so that we can provide a well-rounded banquet. The Location of this event will be announced closer to its date. I have to see first, how many are coming and second, if Panera (our go to location) will let us bring in outside food. Please also note the early RSVP deadline for this event. Hope to see you all there!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey So I tried to attend actually ready the book and made chicken tikki masala. I arrived rather late and I guess I should have wrote down a room number! Oh well I don't know if I will be able to read the next book so not sure if Ill come to the other June meetup. I did really enjoy "Family Matters" though. I was pleasantly suprised.

    June 8, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought the discussion was interesting and the food was yummy, but it would have been better if more people showed up. All in all I think occasionally turning the book club into a potluck is a great idea.

    June 7, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish we had a few more people, but those who did come did a great job of discussing the book and all the different aspects of the characters and their experiences. I wonder if maybe the idea of a potluck scared some people away. I hope no one did not come just because they did not prepare a dish. I brought bagels.

    June 7, 2009

  • Emlyn C.

    highly doubtful, Liz!

    June 1, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Er... is the UMMA going to have a room where we can plug in crock pots? :P

    May 31, 2009

  • Emlyn C.

    Hey people! This is an Indian themed potluck. If you would like a suggestion for what to bring don't hesitate to email me. If you are unfamiliar with Indian cooking, stop by Bombay Grocers and buy a dessert or snack item. I am more than happy to give suggestions!

    May 27, 2009

  • Emlyn C.

    We are going to have this meetup in the UMMA commons. The museum staff requests that we clean up after ourselves, but otherwise has no problems with us bringing in outside food.

    May 27, 2009

  • Emlyn C.

    Please note that members will be coming from the Little India group as well. I will let you all know the total count after the RSVP deadline. If you are in both groups, you only need to RSVP for one of the events.

    April 20, 2009

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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