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3.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  562 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Tender and funny, Manju Kapur's third novel is an engrossing story of family life, across three generations of Delhi shopkeepers. When their traditional business - selling saris - is increasingly sidelined by the new fashion for jeans and stitched salwar kameez, the Banwari Lal family must adapt. But, instead of branching out, the sons remain apprenticed to the struggling ...more
Published January 1st 2006
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Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca
Sep 20, 2011 Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who love Indian fiction
another awesome book by Manju Kapur. This is the story of a patriarchal north Indian cloth merchant family. A well-to-do family whose patriarch had fled from Lahore during partition and who set up a small cloth shop in Delhi. This novel depicts their rise, the growing joint family, their adjustments,the small (occasionally mammoth) desires and hopes, the sacrifices, the growing tiffs, the way they manage to live together inspite of constant day-to-day power struggle among the women. The typical ...more
Stephen Clynes
Jul 02, 2014 Stephen Clynes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Home is a 3 generation family drama set in Delhi involving a traditional cloth merchant. Follow the life of the Banwari Lal family as it changes with the times.

This novel starts off with the family tree and a brief synopsis of their family dynamics. This sets the reader off on the right foot and then, like a fly on the wall, you grow up with the family as you read through the chapters. This structure and writing style makes Home an easy read and you can imagine that you are growing up with them
Rosiemae Burton
I enjoyed the focus on family values, day-to-day life and I got a great insight into Indian culture, religious beliefs and family orientation. However, I felt that the storyline was very predictable and there was nothing too spectacular about the writing style. Easy book to power through but some parts are quite forgettable (for me)

I've always felt the best time to read is when one is on vacation, preferably while traveling. And a long train journey is particularly conducive and appealing in this regard. Also, a great deal gets read, unlike other times when there are too many distractions. Much of course depends on the choice of the books. Heavy duty reading is out of question, because I'm certain I want to have a good time without stressing myself. So the idea is to take along books
Dora Okeyo
May 18, 2016 Dora Okeyo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Manju Kapur's first book that I got to read. I had no knowledge of her existence as an Author and it's a wonder that I have missed out on such intricate writing.
Home, is a story told across three generations all seeking to live their lives to the fullest through a family business, enhancing blood ties and having good marriages that would bring forth children.
It is told from the third person's perspective, a form of writing that I have always admired for it sets the narrator apart from
Oh! I know so many Punjabis who fit into these characters. A good insight into the life of a Punjabi shop keepers in Delhi who came from Pakistan during independence / partition . A story full of mediocre characters who are involved in mundane pursuits. There is nothing heroic in any character but still the plot and the characters are very close to the truth.
Home tells the story of three generations of a cloth merchant family, once living in Lahore and now operating an expanding business in Delhi having moved there after Partition. Kapur has a knack for creating vivid character description, but unfortunately few of the cast of characters were people I ended up feeling much empathy for. The plot also meanders a lot, and while the way some characters drop away and plot threads are abandoned may be realistic—no one's life has a tidy narrative arc—it ca ...more
Sep 21, 2008 Roossy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Home is one of the many books that Manju Kapur wrote. Home is literary about home and family in India. Home is also about the right of wives, daughters and women in India. It is about arrange marriages. The story began with the sons of The Banwari Lals, the owner of the largest cloth shops in Anarkalli. After marrying his daughter, Sunita to a man in Bareilly, Lala Banwari Lal, the patriarch thought about his other two sons. The two sons would be marrying for the benefit of the family and the sh ...more
Bhargavi Balachandran

Home is the story of a typical middle-class joint family of cloth merchants living in Delhi.It has all the ingredients of an Ekta Kapoor serial- horrible mother-in-laws, sulking daughter-in-laws, selfish children, pompous relatives ,obscenely lavish weddings and the works. None of the characters were really likeable.And that is not because Manju Kapur paints everyone in shades of Grey;I've liked grey characters before.Home is filled with really boring, vile grey characters that really grate on o
Home by Manju Kapur, In my opinion, this book is Ok to read, nothing special, people have lived in joint family, they will be able to relate with lot of points.

The story is about Banwari Family, Banwari Lal, who is the owner of a famous cloth store in Delhi.

It talks about his initial struggle and how his sons helped him grow business. And, in the later part, when his sons have their own sons, the story talks about the Transition in Business to keep up the pace with the change in market, taste,
Sheetal Dash
Mar 08, 2015 Sheetal Dash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a well written book. The happy endings seem to be about finding more freedom after your MIL is dead or her oppression neutralized when a character fulfills her duty by bearing a son. This book is no advertisement for the status of HIndu women within their extended families. You keep hoping the characters can grow themselves, but the main characters are constantly stymied in all areas of their lives. Every brief fling at rebellion or growth ends poorly. It seems to be about settling in to ...more
Maj Son
Feb 06, 2014 Maj Son rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After "Fine Balance", "Shantaram", "Glass Palace", and several other strong positions unfolding an unfinite Indian resource of contraditions and complexities, "Home" has been one of a kind experience. It is deprived of historical and broader cultural context. It misses even a very basic literary imagery. The book reports a simple flow of events of a random Indian family. The image it draws remains simple: a man may decide, run business, and live one's life. Woman, in contrast, must not think, co ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Marina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The good: the language and the setting, both amusing and descriptive. The bad: The plot and the characters, both unchanging, predictable and containing no redeeming qualities. In the end, I did enjoy the book because despite the fact that the characters didn't really learn any lesson or change much at all, they were amusing to observe on the sideline. As far as the whole "women's role" business is concerned, this book sends a pretty disturbing message: the pressures of a woman's role being in th ...more
Nov 22, 2009 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book is similar to watching a drab hindi soap opera..The writing is not great..and the overall feeling while reading it is negative..could not find anything interesting or positive in the story telling.
Karen Wolff
Three and a half stars.

I really enjoyed this book and will read more by this author. It is set in a India and explores life at home, the family unit with marriages, births and deaths. It includes business, domestic issues, how family lives together and relationships. The jigsaw of the big extended family living together and the intensity of being together makes for a fascinating insight into those big houses.

She has a very Indian style of writing. I could hear her talking and see her head waggle
I liked this book, but I must admit that I have a weakness for family sagas and this was one that fits the description! I also loved that it was set in India, which gave me an opportunity to learn about Indian culture and the modern Indian family. I was disappointed in the ending of the book when Nisha marries a man she does not love (who is alsp pudgy and old, I might add!), as it really tells the reader that we should settle and that an education is not important for a woman, only that she obe ...more
Jyoti Babel
Home by Manju Kapur is a tale of three generations, of a traditional cloth merchant family in Delhi. After braving the partition the family had to leave Lahore and start their lives anew in Delhi. The novel chronicles their lives through three generations and how with the changing times the traditions and values of the family were put to test and changed to accommodate in the modern world.

I found the novel frustrating. The narration is slow and their is an aura of gloom, doom and resignation thr
Sep 26, 2013 Kirti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Manju Kapur

Spanning over three generations of Banwari Lals, Delhi based cloth traders; ‘Home’ is a family saga of typical middle-class merchant family. Set in the heart of Karol Bagh; the story revolves around how the different generations adapt to changing times. It also depicts how the patriarch one time strong and defiant bows down to his sons towards the end. The book illustrates how the women of the family who behind closed doors fill their husbands’ ears with comparative tales and one-upma
Kate Millin
I quite enjoyed reading this story about 3 generations of a family of shopkeepers who were caught up in partition who run a sari shop that has to keep the whole family. It is fascinating to see the linkages, tensions and changes in the relationships between the different family members, those that marry into the family and the resultant children. It is truly difficult to balance the needs and requirements of everyone. It is thoughtfully written, and shows the way in which women's roles changed a ...more
Nov 06, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Family sagas and the inevitable secrets they hold that are invisible to the outside world is but one of the main themes that crop up. The Partition as well as social hierarchies and what is deemed proper is handled with sensitivity. Family dynamics and the hate/love relationships that exist within are closely examined. This was my first Kapur novel, hoping the rest are as good or even dare I say it, better.
To simply put, it's all about culture and a series of never ending marriages within a family (from one generation to another). Though the bonus point of the novel is that you get to know the ins-and-outs of a culture and society which are (adapting to the idea of) heading towards modernity. All that I can say is that it abruptly came to an end, which makes you question, "that's all?"

To simply put it in words, it's all about culture and a series of never ending marriages within a family (from one generation to another). Though the bonus point of the novel is that you get to know the ins-and-outs of a culture, society and the... "adapting to the idea of heading towards modernity." All that I can say is that the book ends abruptly. It makes you question, "that's all?"
Jan 16, 2016 Vidyia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I simply loved this book. I could relate to most of the scenarios with vivid imagination of the author's description. It could have something to do with the fact that I am Indian and this book is very ethnic related. Nevertheless, I had so much fun reading a perspective at which I can look at my culture in a another person's shoes, as in the book, Nisha's character. I loved how the author used a lot of authenticity to bring out some details in the protagonist's life. If you are Indian, you need ...more
Barbara Raghavan
The story evolves around the traditional Indian family of shopkeepers. This book is a very good read. The characters are described as real people, portrayed with all their flaws and problems. They will remain in the reader's memory for a long time.

Manju Kapur narrated many aspects of their life, without inhibition. Even when she wrote about issues which are considered taboo, she dealt with them tastefully and with masterly perfection.

I recommend this book to those who want to get a better unde
Amna Akrm
Juicy and entertaining home saga. It gives an insight to a traditional Indian family. I liked it because it was fun and engaging, and most importantly different.
Jojo Krubally
May 20, 2015 Jojo Krubally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. Not as in depth in the description of everyday life, food, country etc as I like but it was still an interesting read. The family saga feel of it was great though with 3 generations portraied and their changing/different views on life. I would like to read more of her books.
Jul 29, 2015 Bhadra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. I liked the style of writing, and the way the characters and situations all felt extremely true to life.
Helena Thompson
Oct 06, 2014 Helena Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insight into Indian family life. I liked the way the characters wants and desires evolved through the story
Aswin Giri
Nov 30, 2015 Aswin Giri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book following three generations of a family. Very neatly written book.
Apr 15, 2012 Chitra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book by Manju Kapur, keeping with the overall theme of Indian business families.

Overall a good story, the book is full of vivid descriptions of the family, the politics in a joint family, the interference of the in-laws. Somewhere a little before mdiway, the book becomes more the story of the daughter of the business family and this stays the theme till the end. During the book, some characters come and go though they disappear!

I found the end a little abrupt and not going well
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Manju Kapur is the author of four novels. Her first, Difficult Daughters, won the Commonwealth Prize for First Novels (Eurasia Section) and was a number one bestseller in India. Her second novel A Married Woman was called 'fluent and witty' in the Independent, while her third, Home, was described as 'glistening with detail and emotional acuity' in the Sunday Times. Her most recent novel, The Immig ...more
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