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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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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...more
Sep 20, 2011 Psmith rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
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
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...more
Maj Son
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
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.
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
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.
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
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...more
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...more
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.
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 away...as though they disappear!

I found the end a little abrupt and not going well...more
Its all about a north Indian family in Delhi. It runs like a family soap. Many characters, small plots revolve around the central family. But must say that the characters are very well painted. And how relationships in a family change with time (or marriages) is described with great skill.
Anyone who wants to know about a Indian family entrenched in tradition in a typical Indian setting, this book is highly recommend.
Those who are already a part of it would find nothing new and should skip this.
This book was frustrating to read at the beginning because of how irritating the characters were, however it improved as the younger generations grew up and the author introduced characters that were much easier to relate to and feel some affection towards. I think that the story does a great job of capturing some of the subtleties and complexity of South Asian culture, but also does it in a way that anyone can relate to and understand.
A fast paced, engrossing read...While not a masterpiece in any way, it is a decent chronicle of three generations of a business community punjabi joint family living in Karol Bagh....through the generations, the changes in the structure of familial set up is well depicted. A tale of ordinary lives in their ordinary milieu, told with a ring of truth, carries its own charm, and this one doesnt disappoint.
Nitya Sivasubramanian
Although I'm not really a fan of the family drama, I picked this up off my mother's night stand drawn in by the colorful cover art. I have to admit, I enjoyed the intrigue and internal politics weaving through the story. Maybe it's because I grew up as an only child, but I especially enjoyed the acidic words of the women as they negotiate their way through their difficult lives.
The book kept me engrossed, the characters were very beautifully sketched. Being from Karol Bagh, I could relate to the patriarchal part of it and the comparisons between sisters, daughters in law, joint family etc.. I did not like the ending, i really wished that Nisha had emerged as a stronger character, who proved her worth to her mother and sister in law..
at first i was appalled at the nisha's story and it's ending. but then i realised that that was what nisha wanted. to be married and have children. this was the way she could gain and be looked at with 'respect' by her family and social circle. thoughts of furthering her education was alien to her and her family did nothing to encourage this.
Kat Colorado
At first it took some time to get into this story about a traditional family but then I got caught in the fates of the different members who all seemed to think that they were forever getting less than their in-laws, sisters and brothers and less then they were due.
Kathleen McRae
This book is a very chatty look at a east indian family and the dynamics as the family expands through marriage and children. They live in a small home with many old ways still dictating how things are handled and dealt with a very interesting book
vina leekha
Jan 28, 2008 vina leekha is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes a homely, and lightly, beautifully written book.
Recommended to vina leekha by: a book review in 'india today'
i've just started this bk, & i must say, it's a great read. within moments, it had me werapped around its littlest nuance. the language is amazing, & the narrative refreshing. though i've just strted it, i must say, it promises to be a wonderful tale.
Follows the lives of three generations of shop keepers in Delhi and the struggles with traditional and modern values in India. Very good story and good insight into living in India.
Not great writing and the plot meanders a bit, but readable as a commentary on a particular cross section of Indian society - insightful regarding its social and cultural norms ..
A well written family saga. The characters are drawn well and the family dynamics are explored, with sexual abuse also addressed.
There is nothing really special about this book, predictable story, mediocre characters...wouldn't really recommend to anyone!
easy reading. Book about everyday life of a punjabi family living in Delhi. End was rather abrupt.
Siddharth Bhattacharya
Typical Indian Culture and there behaviors in a joint family of kapoor's Family.
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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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