The Coffee and Conversation meet-ups are monthly social get togethers of the book-club members to meet, mingle and discuss. There is a suggested book for reading for the meet-up but the discussion on the book are informal and does not follow a structured format. It is not essential to have read the book before this meet up.
The meet-up start at 6:30pm and go on until 9:30 pm, however members are free to drop by any time during this time. Anywhere between 5 and 30 members are expected to attend these meet-ups.
Selected Book for Jan
Book Description Publication Date: 16 April 2009
At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an old
slaving-ship, The Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian
Ocean, its crew a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.
In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast
of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an
evangelical English opium trader to a mulatto American freedman. As their old
family ties are washed away they, like their historical counterparts, come to
view themselves as jahaj-bhais or ship-brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born,
which will span continents, races and generations.
The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of
the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of China. But it
is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial
history of the East itself, which makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive -
a masterpiece from one of the world's finest novelists.