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The Hindi-Bindi Club

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,200 Ratings  ·  331 Reviews
For decades they have remained close, sharing treasured recipes, honored customs, and the challenges of women shaped by ancient ways yet living modern lives. They are the Hindi-Bindi Club, a nickname given by their American daughters to the mothers who left India to start anew—daughters now grown and facing struggles of their own.

For Kiran, Preity, and Rani, adulthood bear
Paperback, 431 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2007)
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16th out of 229 books — 294 voters
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Jan 22, 2008 Jami rated it it was ok
Maybe I'm just too much of an Amy Tan fan because this book was just too much of a copy of Joy Luck Club for me to really enjoy. It seems strange to me that the author chose the exact same format as Amy Tan (alternating chapters of the mothers, who are Indian immigrants, and their American-raised daughters), and even titled the book so similarly! That said, the writing is nowhere as good. The voices of the three daughters sounded exactly the same; I had to keep reminding myself which daughter wa ...more
Nov 28, 2007 Bliss rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This is a book about love, marriage, family, food, and relationships.

Monica Pradhan did a great job of explaining the subtle layers of Indian culture for me.

In The Hindi-Bindi Club, three young (I'm 40; they're younger than me) Indian-American women learn through their relationships with their moms that living up to the expectations of their families can allow room for keeping their own individuality as well.

I also learned many things. Like:

If I choose to cook more, I can try the yummy-sounding
Nov 06, 2008 Belky rated it really liked it
It was a fun read. Made think of the traditions and legacy I'm leaving for my daughters.
Made me so hungry for Indian food.
This book had a few strengths and many weaknesses:

(1) Primer of Indian Culture
(2) Scattered overview of recent Indian History
(3) Reminds us of the point that everyone has their own sh*t going on, people are not isolated in their problem/ more than one crisis can occur at a time in the same group of friends or family.

(1) Abuses, instead of uses, multiple narrators. Six in total, and even with 400+ pages this leaves much unresolved. It is very frustrating at both the beginning a
Jul 28, 2010 Shana rated it did not like it
The Hindi-Bindi club was very disappointing compared to it's Indian-American chick-lit peers. The book jacket compared it to the Joy Luck Club. While the structure is similar and both focus on mothers and daughters, Pradhan lacks the writing and storytelling abilities of Amy Tan. And Hindi-Bindi actually suffers from one of Joy Luck's major flaws, a lack of positive representations of same-ethnicity romantic relationships. All the daughters in the book exclusively date white American men. I foun ...more
Nov 15, 2009 Ella rated it really liked it
I am very fascinated by Bollywood movies, but do not know a whole lot about Indian culture. Consequently I feel a lot of the movies I have watched have not been enjoyed as much as they could have due to my lack of eduction in this part of the world's history. So, one day in Costco, when I saw this book among the other stacks I added it to my cart hoping to learn a little and be entertained. Well, I know there is so much I don't know, but I feel like I got to look through a key hole to a beautifu ...more
Mar 25, 2009 Janell rated it really liked it
Recommended to Janell by: Reader's Choice
My review
rating: 4 of 5 stars
Kind of an Indian "Friday Night Knitting Club".

"Shuncho?" means Are you listening to me? Perfect for Onno

Bumper sticker: "I pray to God to protect me from His followers"

Possible cure for Anna's athsma:A healer moved her ularasensitive hands over Rani's energy pathways and removed the negative energy, the cause of blockages, and infused positive energy that heals, rinsing her chakras and aura squeaky clean.The throat chakra, which is associated with creativity an
A generous three stars because the author struck me as intelligent and genuine. She even included a bibliography! :) Even the recipes included at the end of each chapter didnt annoy me. I found them a sweet addition. Although not a new approach, and very risky since if done the wrong way could really become trite. But in this book, it was appropriate since Indian culture is very much about food. And they were Americanized enough for me to think 'hey, we like curry, maybe I will try that!'
But ar
Sep 26, 2012 Yuki rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I just spent a good chunk of time writing a review as to why I LIKED this book (as in "it was okay") but why I didn't LOVE it.....and some glitch within Goodreads ERASED IT.

I hate you Goodreads. *insert expletives here*

Here's the recreated version:

Monica Pradhan - decent writer. But no Jhumpa Lahiri so _do not_ expect something on that level.

Story - told in the first person by three American-born-Indian daughters and their immigrant mothers.

Problem - trying to tell the narratives of SIX women,
This is a book that jumped out at me at a used book store but for whatever reason, I didn't buy it. A few months later I came back looking for it because I couldn't stop thinking "why didn't I buy that book?" Surprisingly, it was there and I bought it only to leave it on my book shelf for years! I finally read it while I was sick and looking for some relief from academic research for a class and it was great.

The story is told from the alternating viewpoints of three first generation Indian-Amer
Oct 04, 2009 Judy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
The only reason this book got two stars instead of one was the presence of recipes. It's about three Indian families who moved to the US, and focuses on the mothers and their (American-born) daughters. Let's start with the title: an awkward stretch, supposedly based on what the three girls called their mothers because they were Hindi and sometimes wore bindis (forehead decorations). Please!!! (Not to mention how derivative it is of "The Joy Luck Club.")

The characters were so undifferentiated th
Jun 28, 2010 Laura rated it liked it
This is a good beach/plane/waiting for the bus book. It's easy to read, and it's not complicated by any real emotional exploration by any of the characters. The plot is predictable, and the conversations between the characters are superficial. However, I enjoyed it. It's a great break from whatever serious stuff you've been reading.
The book jacket advertises this book as following the tradition of "The Joy Luck Club" and "Like Water for Chocolate." The former is true, except that this is an Indi
Sep 01, 2009 Marissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookclub
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Oct 19, 2007 Kate rated it liked it
I loved that this book dwelled on the Indian heritage, and the recipes included are certainly ones that I want to try. The prose and dialogue felt forced though.

The book cover insinuates that it's on par with "The Joy Luck Club." With the exception of the mother-daughter stories told through different voices and the use of a non-Wonderbread family, it's not, but it's not a bad read either.
Mar 07, 2009 Sheila rated it it was ok
Chick lit Asian Style. I didn't care for this book - many of the emails did not ring true to character and the story was confusing at times. The Asian history was the best part of the book. The recipes looked interesting but, to be honest, I didn't read it for the recipes. My book club read this book, 2 girls didn't finish it and the rest of the consensus was lukewarm.
Apr 21, 2008 Celina rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book to understanding mother/daughter relationships and also surprisingly very informative about Indian history and culture. Pleasant, fun, read full of great quotes like this one: Irish Diplomacy is the ability to tell a man to go to hell so that he looks forward to making the trip.
Aug 27, 2014 Antonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non credevo...

...che mi sarebbe piaciuto così tanto. In verità, avevo davvero pochissime aspettative riguardo a questo libro, invece l'ho trovato davvero bello e interessante. Mi è proprio piaciuto, mi ha calato nel mondo dell'India. Mondo che mi piace immensamente. Il linguaggio è buono, non al massimo, ma piacevole. Per quanto riguarda la trama, mi sarebbe piaciuto che l'autrice approfondisse più la vita in India, più le sue esperienze e le tradizioni. In alcuni punti il libro sembra un po' tr
Feb 06, 2016 Aparna rated it liked it
Indian popcorn chick lit. Aims to be another Joy Luck Club, but doesn't get there. As a first generation immigrant to America from India, there were some very relatable characters and concepts. Somehow though the six storylines don't have distinct enough voices and most don't have enough space/time in the book to be fully fleshed out and resolved. Pradhan tries to translate all the non-English dialogue and provide cultural and historical context for non-Indian readers, but it often makes her wri ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Reema rated it liked it
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It's a real shame for Monica Pradhan that AMy Tan is such a good writer, and spoiled most readers for this type of mother-daughter novel with the wonderful Joy Luck Club. This book has its' own charm, but pales in comparison to JLC. There were elements I liked a great deal in this: some of the characters, particularly the older generation. Their stories fascinated me. The younger women not as much, but there still were some surprises. Loved salavating over the descriptions of food and the recipe ...more
Aug 04, 2011 Philia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light and pleasurable read. We follow the life of 3 American born Indian girls and their mothers who emigrated to the States in the 60s.

The novel touched on a number of topics that are close to my heart: family bonding, cultural differences, when the East meets the West, Soulmates, follow one's heart to chase the dreams that our dear to us, and to seek and patch an ancient(?) relationship and the ripening of friendships.

How many times have you been asked the question "Where are you from?" and
Feb 13, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who liked Joy Luck Club
Shelves: read-2009
This was another one I picked up only because it was a Target Bookmarked book. When I first started reading it, I felt that I'd finally found the first book that Target had steered me wrong in. The first 70 pages or so felt more like the author trying to slap down on the page every little tidbit of Indian culture, cuisine, custom, and language that she had learned in her research for the book. Perhaps this was unavoidable with the format of each chapter focusing on only one of the six main women ...more
Alison Looney
Oct 09, 2008 Alison Looney rated it liked it
A sextuple of mothers and daughters muse about what it means to be Indian American. The story includes some historical and culture lessons, along with plenty of recipes. Sounds promising enough, but the story runs into some major problems.

First, the narrative voices are completely indistinct. Six characters shouldn't be too many for a reader to keep straight, but I was constantly confused when the story returned to a thread after five chapters elsewhere. Was this the woman who was disowned by he
Aug 25, 2008 Hilary rated it really liked it
I thought it was about time that I read some adult fiction, so when I saw this on sale at my library (for a quarter! can you believe it!) I thought I'd give it a try. I am fascinated by the Hindu/Indian culture, and this book didn't disappoint. It even had recipes after each chapter! I love that for any culture, family, etc. food plays such an important role in sustaining life, strengthening bonds, making memories, etc. etc. So I loved that the author noted that by putting in recipes for the foo ...more
Jyoti Babel
Jul 21, 2011 Jyoti Babel rated it liked it
The Hindi Bindi Club comprises of Indian women, who migrated from India in early post Independence days to settle down in the United States of America. They are the women who despite being so far away from their motherland have tried to maintained their identity in the foreign country (now their home) by their language(Hindi) and attire(Bindi). They have tried their best to imbibe the traditional values, customs in their children who are born there and are brought up as Americans. But, have they ...more
Mar 06, 2010 Teri rated it liked it
Okay, I know, I actually gave a book 3 stars. Don't fall down, I know I NEVER give a book 3 stars. I'll explain why in a minute. I loave the stories of this book. It's the stories of 3 Indian immigrant mothers and their 3 first generation daughters. I shows the differences in Indian and American cultures while weaving us through the struggles of life. I actually REALLY LOVED the story. I always love a book that has multiple authors/storylines. It always intrigues me to see how they can be woven ...more
Aug 22, 2010 Isabel rated it it was ok
Shelves: english
I'm in two minds about this book.
First of all, I had expected something slightly different. More like a witty account on life as a second generation Indian in the USA with all the implied difficulties of combining traditional Indian culture with modern American values.
I got the last bit, the two different worlds coming together.
But apart from my partly unfullfilled expectations (which is totally ok with me) there are quite a few aspects of this book which I did not particularly like or actually
Apr 04, 2008 Joni rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mothers and daughters, Chic Lit lovers, Romance readers, Multicultural Lit readers.
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Aug 14, 2014 Karishma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My impressions of the book haven't changed over time.

First off, the characters are too Indian or too American. There seems to be no middle ground of compromise, of dual identities. I get it, second generation kids are conflicted. But each daughter has a similar problem with her parents.

The parents themselves haven't been developed into characters anyone can vibe with. Perhaps the problem is that there are 6 different stories vying for limited space. Some of the stories had promise, but weren't
Jun 04, 2009 Ajoque rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Much more than I expected, it was such a sweet surprise. I was truly expecting an Indian chic-lit novel and instead I stumble upon a simply deep didactic fiction about a group of Indian immigrants and their first generation Indian American children. I would have given it 4 stars but I remain firm and satisfied with 3.5 because as I mentioned earlier it was simply deep.

What I loved most was the fact that I could relate to it so much, being a child of immigrant parents
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