07/20/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: (Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Fiction/2001/272 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand Alone TIME/PL07/20/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: (Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Fiction/2001/272 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand Alone TIME/PLACE: Late 1990's/UK & India CHARACTERS: Manjit/young man of Indian descent living in UK FIRST LINES: No way! I'm not getting married.
COMMENTS: 06/12 rec as bookcrossing ring/ray. Manny (Manrit) is 13 yrs old and is dreading his 17th birthday. The day he will be married -- prearranged by his parents in the Punjabi way. He lives in the UK w/ his family. They all seem to have more ties to the Indian culture than he does. Manny, wants no part of this and rebels. He distances himself from his family & ethnic background, develops a forbidden relationship w/ an English girl but his father and brothers are still determined to fit him into their ways. He is even left in India w/ relatives, however, it is here that he connects w/ the black sheep uncle and strengthens his plans for independence. We really only had Manny's viewpoint and his family for the most part were portrayed w/ a narrow perspective. However, still an enjoyable read and was happy to see Manny ultimately accepted more responsibility for his decisions, even if in hindsight -- his choice for independence was positive but he lacked senstivity for some of the innocent future inlaws, etc. ...more
01/10/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: CIRCLES OF SILENCE by Preeti Singh RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Fiction/2001/503 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand Alone TIM01/10/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: CIRCLES OF SILENCE by Preeti Singh RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Fiction/2001/503 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand Alone TIME/PLACE: 1990's/New Delhi, India; Cairo, Egypt CHARACTERS: Rattan/computer engineer, businessman FIRST LINES: When Rattan was born on a cold January night in 1960, one of the first things done in celebration of his arrival was to have his janam patri made.
COMMENTS: rec 12/17 bookcrossing ring/ray. Rattan is born in 1960 w/ a birthmark on his shoulder. His grandmother predicts a tragic fate. He grows up very privileged and travels to the US to further his education. Upon his return he is happy to both work in the family business & to marry the bride his family has chosen. A very tragic event turns Rattan's life around and he leaves his home in New Delhi for Cairo. Rattan is wrongfully accused for what happened at his home in India and only silence surrounds this tragedy. Rattan tries to make a new life for himself, putting his former life behind him but the boundaries between Cairo and New Delhi soon overlap and the past must be reckoned with....more