We enjoy reading and discussing Indian books... classics as well as newer books. Emphasis on fiction, but we do read some nonfiction. We meet for lunch at an Indian restaurant, thereby combining good conversation about interesting books with a good (and relatively inexpensive) meal. Bring your suggestions for additional books!
THE BOOK * Widows of Malabar ** A talented new writer whose portrayal of the serious business of assimilation and young masculinity is disturbing and hilarious. Hailed as one of the most surprising British novels in recent years, Gautam Malkani's electrifying debut reveals young South Asians struggling to distinguish themselves from their parents' generation in the vast urban sprawl that is contemporary London. Chronicling the lives of a gang of four young middle-class men-Hardjit, the violent enforcer; Ravi, the follower; Amit, who's struggling to come to terms with his mother's hypocrisy; and Jas, desperate to win the approval of the others despite lusting after Samira, a Muslim girl-Londonstani, funny, disturbing, and written in the exuberant language of its protagonists, is about tribalism, aggressive masculinity, integration, alienation, bling-bling economics, and "complicated family-related shit." THE AUTHOR *Gautam Malkani **Gautam Malkani is a journalist for The Financial Times, and the author of the novel Londonstani. He has worked on the FT's UK news desk in London as well as in the Washington bureau. He is currently an associate editor on the FT Weekend Magazine, after a spell on the newspaper's Business Life section.