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3.03  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
In her bestselling novel Aftertaste (over 5000 hardback copies sold), Namita Devidayal provides a captivating account of a baniya family settled in Punjab headed by a matriarch, Mummyji, who is in hospital after a stroke. The Todarmal family, glued together by money not love, includes the weak and emasculated Rajan Papa who is desperately in need of cash; Sunny, the dynami ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published 2011 by Random House India (first published 2010)
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Feb 15, 2016 Simona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dolceamaro" è un titolo particolarmente azzeccato perché racconta il lato dolce e gradevole da un lato, e quello maggiormente amaro della vita, dall'altro.
L'aspetto dolce è sicuramente rappresentato dal negozio di dolci tipici indiani gestiti dalla proprietaria, una donna forte, determinata che ha cercato di fare il bene dei suoi figli. L'aspetto amaro assume le sembianze dei suoi quattro figli, ognuno con le sue problematiche e il modo diverso di vivere, che nutrono verso la madre sentimenti
Feb 16, 2014 Avadhut rated it liked it
I was sceptical when I started Aftertaste. Blurb said it told story of a Baniya business family of the 80’s – good enough reason for me to be cautious. After all, this is story line of majority soap operas on Indian television today, where women cooking in kitchen are dressed as if they are attending a wedding and chief goal of their lives seem to either conniving against other women of the family or seduce someone else’s boyfriend or husband. I could not have been more wrong.

Aftertaste tells st
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Sep 20, 2012 Smita Beohar rated it liked it
Year 1984, Mummyji, the matriarch of the famous Mithai business family of Bombay lies comatose at Bombay Hospital. The least that is expected from her family is prayers but each of them are counting on her to die as they have a lot to gain with her death.

Rajan Papa, her eldest son is buried under a big debt and in need of money. Money that is being held on by Mummyji.

Sunny, the head of the business is living a rocky life. His marriage is breaking & his ever demanding mistress is not making t
Jun 09, 2015 Anushka rated it really liked it
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Sep 05, 2013 Manisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the name goes, the book also lingers on the mind for quite some time. A very strong point of the book is the portrait of each character. Every character is unique and different from each other and has been portrayed through the words very very effectively.

Aftertaste is a story of a big, joint business family settled in Mumbai. The period it is set around is 1984. Kulbhushan Todarmal is a dealer in grains and stuff where one day he faces loss. His wife, Bimla Todarmal, at that point of time, c
Apr 10, 2013 Indiabookstore rated it liked it
The initial impression of ‘Aftertaste’ – the title coupled with the cover seemed promising. But later, when I browsed through the synopsis, my entire conception of the title changed! And that is what piqued my curiosity even more.

Greed, envy, pride, ‘Aftertaste’ is a blend of all the emotional topsy-turvy that a joint family can go through. Politics happen everywhere… And family politics is one very sensitive issue with the Indian audience. An area where all the television serial producers appar
Dec 25, 2011 Neha rated it liked it
Sometimes a book gives you a very unique experience and this book surely stands a testimonial to that. I can never forget it but for the most weird reason of course – a huge craving for sweet and not any sweet but Bournvita Burfi. A generation which has grown up on regular dose of morning-evening glass of milk can never thank the availability of Bournvita which made the routine into a much enjoyed activity.

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Mary Robinson
Light read but well-written with a startling start that keeps you on edge a little, setting the tone for the whole book. A divorced Mom of an infant who is also a nationally-renowned chef must start over after losing her marriage and her beloved restaurant. Really enjoyed all the fun parts about food, cooking and eating!

Mar 07, 2012 Mansi rated it liked it
If you are a "Get moving with it' kind of reader, skip this one. Pick this if you want something for a lazy afternoon, getting cozy under a blanket with a nice cup of coffee. If you enjoy writing that takes you there, you will be splashing around with the characters in Aftertaste
Aug 30, 2012 Marni rated it liked it
Easy read. Nothing earth shattering. So many books lately about divorced women with babies and cheating ex-husbands. Everything wraps up neatly and you see the pieces coming together long before they do.
Anuradha Goyal
Mar 04, 2014 Anuradha Goyal rated it really liked it
A delightful tale of a family in the sweets business
Saurabh Verma
If you liked Music Room and bought this book, beware. This is even worse than Shoba De.

Totally avoidable
Dec 19, 2011 Poonam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author's essay sums it up all -
Dec 20, 2011 Book'd rated it really liked it
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Deliciously heartwarming tale of a Baniya family.
Loved every bit of it. No thrills and unnecessary melodrama, just a simple and free flowing story that grips you till the end.
Dec 06, 2011 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A typical family saga..where the mom rules and the story of her siblings..where there is greed,rivalry etc..Was an ok kinda read..
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