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The Mango Season

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,994 ratings  ·  422 reviews
From the acclaimed author of A Breath of Fresh Air, this beautiful novel takes us to modern India during the height of the summer’s mango season. Heat, passion, and controversy explode as a woman is forced to decide between romance and tradition.

Every young Indian leaving the homeland for the United States is given the following orders by their parents: Don’t eat any cow (
Paperback, 229 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by RHUS (first published June 3rd 2003)
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Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it

It is great story beautifully told. The upper caste South Indian girl goes to the US to study, and there she falls in love with an American man. It is not the kind of love that her parents back in India would accept. Being an upper caste Brahmin, she should only marry another Brahmin, anything else would be a scandal. And if their son-in-law happens to be an American that would be even more than a scandal. Such is grip of caste in India.

So that is the plot. The girl here is Priya, and the Americ
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I could hardly finish this one. I'm the daughter of an immigrant parentage (completely different cultural ideals and objectives from mine on far more than just the marriage market issue) and owning nearly 180 degrees opposition to a great majority of the pursuits I desired, and which I did early and later pursued (left home when I was just shy of 17 and never spent a night on the street either). So I find it extremely difficult to look at things through this narrator's "eyes". She comp ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A catchy and quick story about Indian traditions and rules, sprinkled with humor.

After seven years away from India, Priya sees everything with different eyes: the biases of her family, the scorching heat, the filth in the streets, the traffic.
But, despite this, she hasn't freed herself completely of her upbringing and hardly finds the courage to tell her family about her American fiancee. I sometimes was irritated with Priya's childish reactions and outbursts of fury, failing to present her case
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Indian girl moves to America. Falls in love with an American boy. Worries that her traditional family won’t accept him. Those three sentences pretty much sum up the entirety of this book, which had promise but fails to deliver in terms of creating three-dimensional characters. The first quarter of this novel consists of Priya, the main character, complaining about what a horrible person her mother is. The rest of the story gives her family similar treatment, reducing them to a collection of ster ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I was recommended this book, I was told that it has a 'wow' ending. Reading the book, I started to fear what kind of 'wow' the person was referring to, because I had my own wish on how this book should have ended. And I was relieved when I got to the end and my fears were not fulfilled. The Mango Season is just another book about the Indian traditions, the rules of the family, the arranged marriages and the expectations that parents have from their children. Except that this book is not you ...more
Nov 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
In reading The Mango Season, I was introduced to a country and culture that I knew nothing about. You are immediately drawn into the culture of India, and the values of Indian family life. It is Mango Season and Priya returns home to tell her parents of news she knows they won’t want to hear. She has become engaged to everything that they are against. Living in the United States, Priya meets an American man and falls in love. Returning home to face the sweltering summer heat, the mango harvest, ...more
Rehan Abd Jamil
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have found another favourite author. This is indeed a very nice story. Love, family values, food, and lots of humour made it special..
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: desi-authors
The entire book takes place within a span of a few days (2-4), but is full of detail. The sights and sounds of India, even the smell and taste of mangoes, are abundantly described. It throws you right back to the Homeland.

The story is about a woman who, having grown up in India, has lived in the U.S. for the past 7 seven years (school, then career) and finally goes back for the express purpose of telling her family that she is engaged to and wants to marry an American. O_O

Amulya Malladi does a g
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
There are some books, which when once started are difficult to put down again. And lo behold, if you start reading such books late night. This happened to me yesterday. I started on Mango Season around 11 pm, reluctantly went to bed at 12.30, day dreamt about the characters while at work ( luckily or unluckily, today was a very busy day), read a bit more at lunch time, and finally finished it off at a stretch at around 9 pm today. My son had an inkling that I liked the book a bit too much, when ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story basically evolves around the indian tradition and how it is a must for girls to save their money for the purpose of dowry when they get married later in future. It was also about the orthodox people who were very cautious about their status as Brahmins and getting married to someone out of their caste was forbidden.
Robbin Melton
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book...initially I didn't like the author's writing style or the flow of the story, but I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did. Slowly, the story about an Indian-born woman who returns home from America after seven years unfolds. Struggling to acclimate to her native land which she now sees through American eyes, Priya is thrust into talks of arranged marriage. The catch, however, is Priya has a fiance with whom she's lived for two years...ubeknownst to her family. So, it takes Priya mo ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
What a horrible book. As a Pakistani woman, I'm always searching for a read with a great brown female protagonist who doesn't abandon her culture, or criticize the life that she once lived, or the customs that she no longer lives within. However, I have yet to find such a book. Some come closer than others but this was by far one of the most disappointing books I have ever read in my life. Not only does Priya spend more or less the ENTIRE book complaining about her mother and her family, but she ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Priya is a woman born and raised in India, who for the past 7 years of her life has lived in the US while attending university and working. While there she falls in love and gets engaged to an American man, despite knowing her family would be completely devasted by that. Now, Priya travels back to India to spend a week with her family and inform them about her upcoming marriage.

This is a cute and humorous novel, full of very 'senzorial' descriptions of India and Indian food.

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Aditi Barve
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a book written for white people. What with the recipes and the exotic-sounding words.

Priya (the protagonist) comes across as whiny, and prissy. Her entire family is boorish, and small-minded, and racist, except her. She's redeemed because she has seen the light by living in "the America" and being engaged to a white man.

This is what I learned from this book.
Indian mothers want their sons marry rich girls and get a handsome dowry, and their daughters to marry a boy of their choice. Marria
The story is about Priya, who comes from a strict Telugu Brahmin family & her struggles to convey to the family regarding her American boyfriend. It’s a fast and easy read. I shall add it’s mouth-watering too with a recipe at the end of each chapter, especially using mangoes which are my favourite fruit. It brings back sweet memories when reading The Mango Season, the fight between Priya & Nate for HAPPINESS reminds me the fight between my sister & I had for the same HAPPINESS, the sticky stone ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this book in 1 day, needless to say I enjoyed reading it. First of all I thought that the recipes before each chapter was a lovely idea to include, because it brought me into the world of the food-culture and made it easier to imagine the world as a realistic one. The characters were great, and most of all the description of the differences between the two cultures was what I liked the most. I didn't know much about the Indian culture before reading this, but now post-reading I find mysel ...more
Amy Sheridan
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you had any doubt over whether or not every culture has dysfunctional families, this book will prove it.

It was a sweet book, my only problems with it were:

1) the author assumes that the reader has some understanding of Indian culture and phrases - if you're a person like me, with little to no understanding of it, there are some phrases and parts that can be a bit distracting.

2) The formatting of the narrator's emails to her fiance, being in all caps, was kind of annoying.

Other than that I lik
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a nice read! I am not very familiar with the Indian culture and reading this book was eye-opening. Priya's story, her fear of telling her parents about her American fiancee by returning in India after 7 years in the US is full of flavor and humor. And the ending is sooooo good! Great story. ...more
Shasni Bala
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice story, emotional too i must say. I've never read books written by indian in particular, for these book it's Amulya Malladi. I'm still not quite sure if i like her way of writting, probably i need to explore more of her books soon. Even though for me the beginning of the story was abit boring but then it hit off with so much anticipation of what will happen next. For those who are foreign to indian culture might find this book informative and may raise eyebrows of how critical Indian can be ...more
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I enjoyed this quick read so much until the last pages when a small detail ruined it for me...made it seem forced and unnatural. Too bad...
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Priya's visit home let me into a culture I know little about. She was apprehensive to tell her parents that she was engaged to an American. And as I learned more about her and her family her apprehension turned into panic. She could lose her family for someone she loves because they didn't believe Indians should marry anyone but Indians. I thought the story was very interesting. I couldn't believe how racist the family was and how set in their traditional ways. I felt for Priya because she loved ...more
Michelle Wegner
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: india
I love India. I've been there several times, and written a book with my husband about some of our friends there. I loved this book because of the "insiders perspective" into an Indian family's life. People in the U.S.A. are usually very surprised when they find out that arranged marriages are still very common in India. There are many beneficial, successful marriages done this way, and many that are not.

My favorite part of this book is where the author says, "India was not just a country you vi
Nanya Srivastava
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The plot is very familiar--a girl from a conservative Hyderabadi family goes to the US, falls in love with a foreigner, returns to convince her family to accept the match. There's nothing 'new' in the story. However, this book was really hard to put down (I finished it in a day). Food, particularly mango, forms a very important part of the narrative. There are many bits which are funny, and many which are frustrating. The language is simple and the story is cliched, but the narrative keeps you h ...more
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was so nice and easy to read. I couldn't put it down! ...more
Priya Srinivasan
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mango season - amulya malladi
5/35 2019 goodreads reading challenge #goodreadschallenge2019

A story about a young woman coming home to Hyderabad for a short vacation after 7 long years in US. Many things have changed in her life in those 7 years but, nothing back home in India.
What I love about the book is, every chapter begins with a recipe, I was pleasantly surprised and happy too. I truly believe, Good food always brings great memories!

The laments of an NRI once they land in India, so typ
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

“You’ve made your own life… no matter how your culture tells you that you owe your parents, you have to remember that children never owe their parents. You don’t owe your parents anything”

This novel was a quick read! I really enjoyed it, although at times I felt like it was a bit dragged as it was mainly taking place over one day. We learn a lot about the Indian culture and how very strict it was back then – unsure of now however it is how the main charact
A quick little thing about a woman returning home after seven years away. She has fallen in love with an American and is engaged to be married and has to break this to her super traditional family.
I enjoyed the premise of this a lot, though the heavy info and history dumps really broke the story itself up in a way that really made it hard to stay connected.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting book that discusses the cultural and familial norms. It was a quick read. Priya, an Indian moves to America, falls in love with an American, and then has to go home to tell her family. It is all set in a couple days and is all from her point of view. I did like the development of her parents relationship.
Sonam Dubey
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is a story about a girl who returns to her homeland after 7 years. I really liked the events, conversations, characters, setting and minute details in the story. Thoroughly amused by this family drama 😀👍
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Would give it a 3.5 if Goodreads allowed that. I really enjoyed reading parts of it, so I would say it is little more than just "liked it!" Will add a proper review soon! ...more
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Amulya Malladi is the bestselling author of seven novels, including The Copenhagen Affair. She knows her airports well because in her "spare time," she works full-time as a marketing executive for a global company. After fourteen years of mostly bad weather in Denmark, she moved to Southern California a few years ago, where she now lives with her husband and two sons.

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