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Bombay Brides

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When Juliet and Romiel get married and relocate to Israel, they rent out their Apartment 107 in Ahmedabad's Shalom India Housing Society to Jews. Each character who inhabits the house has a story to tell: about run-ins with the other residents, the diminishing community of Jews, cross-cultural conflicts, and the difficulty of choosing between India and Israel. Prophet ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Resh (The Book Satchel)
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Edit: 4.5
I want to give it a 4 but I really enjoyed the experience of reading it so it definitely deserves a 0.5 more
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I am torn whether this would be a 4 star or 4.5. I've got to mull over it. Meanwhile great read! Interconnected stories with vivid characters. The tradition and rituals of the Indo Jewish community of Ahmedabad is laid out in a subtle, not overwhelming manner. The Prophet Elijah who is a major face in their relief threads the narratives together. Plus there is food and lots of
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Padmaja
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bombay Brides was a breeze 😍
This was my first book about the Bene Israel Jewish community of India and I absolutely loved it.
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Juliet and Romiel (Rahul) fall in love, get married and shift to Israel. Their parents had bought them a flat in the fictitious Shalom India housing society in Ahmedabad and they rent the flat on one condition, to only keep Jews as tenants. The stories mostly revolve in and around the A107 flat and the quirky residents of the soceity. It offered a nice insight into the
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Simran Sharma (Craartology)
Bombay Brides by Esther David is a light and refreshing read. The book talks about the Bene Israel Jews who live in India specifically in Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

The characters of the book are the residents of the fictional Shalom India Housing Society, who wonderfully co-exist in the Indian space while preserving their culture and community with Prophet Elijah gracing their lives with his plans for his people. Rituals, eating habits and dressing styles have stirring descriptions. The book gives a
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Nikita Sah
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading slump? What is that, I would ask. Until it hit me like a truck. Oh, the despair. Eventually I gave in and started looking for easy to read books to get out of this annoying slump. And this one really helped me.

It is a collection of short stories, with all the characters inter linked. It gives great insights into the lives of the Bene Israel Jewish community of India, and it was quite interesting to read about them. The stories and their timelines jump between Ahmedabad, Bombay and
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Arundhati
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting vignettes about a little known community. The writing is ordinary.
What worked was the concept of wearing stories within an apartment complex and introducing characters who keep appearing. The illustrations are beautiful. Some of the stories were nice and stayed with me.
Rutuja Ramteke
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
♥Bombay Brides By Esther David♥
♥Genre: Fictional romance
♥Publisher: Harper Collins
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Plot: When Juliet and Romiel get married and relocate to Israel, they rent out their Apartment 107 in Ahmedabad's Shalom India Housing Society to Jews. Each character who inhabits the house has a story to tell. Prophet Elijah, whom the Bene Israel Jews of western India believe in, plays an important role in their lives, appearing at critical or amusing moments and wreaking havoc with his mischief, but ensuring
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Shreya Vaid
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#bookrecommendation
Bombay Brides by Esther David 👰
After reading amazing reviews of this book by @thebookishtales and @thebooksatchel , I picked up this beauty for my #readingwomenchallenge Prompt 11 A book featuring a religion other than your own and #femmermarchfest book #3.
- Bombay Brides is a short collection of stories based on women of Bene Israel Jewish Community in India. The stories are set in Ahemdabads Shalom India Housing Society. All the stories are related to tenants to rent
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Papri Soren
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bombay Brides by Esther David is a sneak peek into the life of Bene Israel jews community of India. This my first read of this author. So I don't know what to expect from this book.
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Juliet being a jew falls in love with Rahul who is not from her community. Jewish community is very strict in this particular matter as they've to always marry in the same community. Juliet and Rahul eloped & got married. Eventullay her parents agreed & accepted their marriage. Then they gifted a housed to
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Pragati Kulshrestha
Bombay Brides by Esther David is a light and refreshing read. The book talks about the Bene Israel Jews who live in India specifically in Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

The characters of the book are the residents of the fictional Shalom India Housing Society, who wonderfully co-exist in the Indian space while preserving their culture and community with Prophet Elijah gracing their lives with his plans for his people. Rituals, eating habits and dressing styles have stirring descriptions. The book gives a
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Anika
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bombay Brides is a collection of stories revolving around the lives of people of the Bene Israel Jewish community in Ahmedabad. Esther David, an Indian Jew, paints a vivid portrait of the Bombay Brides, who struggle to fit into the fictional world of the Shalom India Housing Society.
Esther takes her readers on a roller-coaster experience into the ups and downs in the everyday life of Indian Jews. This book gives an unprecedented insight into their culture, festivities and rites, acquainting the
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Aldeena
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful selection of stories about the Bene Israel Jewish community in Ahmedabad. I felt like I was allowed to watch from these windows as the lives of the residents of the Shalom India Housing Society---a fictional apartment complex primarily inhabited by members of the community---went by. The illustrations by the author that begin each story add a lovely touch, along with those wonderful moments where the many narratives in the book interconnect. The only story that did not work for me ...more
Vanya
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Esther David, the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award winner, in her novel Bombay Brides, portrays the lives of Bene Israel Jews living in Ahemdabad.

The lives of the Jews inhabiting the fictional housing complex Shalom intersect and intertwine as they engage in exuberant matchmaking, which is sometimes foiled by Prophet Elijah, the orchestrator of mischiefs and mercies. We see these people in a flux as they endeavour to preserve the ethos of their small community while going about their everyday
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Zarreen
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I seem to be reading a lot of short stories of late. This one was an interesting knit- a group of people who appeared in different stories of the same residential complex. I didn't know much about the Indian Jewish community hence this was a very interesting read. The most interesting part was how people move between India and Israel as we go from Delhi to Gurgaon! Some of the stories were far more interesting than the others but it was a good read nonetheless
Priya
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a lovely read and was so interesting to get a glimpse of the Israeli community and culture in Gujrat and Bombay. I wish the book was longer! It wasn't complicated prose at all, sometimes a bit too simple, but nevertheless a very interesting read about the trials and tribulations about the men and women living in Shalom Housing Society in Ahmedabad.
Fathima (books_andstories_)
Each story was unique and different but also they were connected beautifully and that's what made it cool to read. I really enjoyed reading it right from the beginning till the end. This was my first time getting to know about Bene Israel Jews of India and they were fascinating to read about. The writing style and everything was perfect. I would definitely recommend it.

4.5 🌟
Padmaja
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
Bombay Brides is the first book I have read about Jews living in India. This book is a collection of beautiful short stories about Jewish women who get married and move from Bombay to Ahmedabad. The book gives a wonderful insight into their customs, traditions, food and lifestyle. Highly recommend this easy read. 
Dhanya MG
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Growing up in Kochi, Jewish culture was never alien to me. But as years passed by, the community and the stories seemed to have swept away from the public. As most of them migrated to Israel what left behind is the most beautiful history of a land and people who came together to support a community which was so persecuted elsewhere.
So Bombay brides was a great read for just one reason..Representing & talking abt a community thats not talked abt a lot. The book follows the life of Bene
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Saumya
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

A simple yet charming collection of stories.
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Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bombay brides is a collection of stories from the lives of women staying in the Shalom India Housing Society. The author has done a remarkable work with increased focus on the minority community-Jews. There are varied things which can be learnt about the lifestyle of Jews, their dining habits, their women and the Prophet Elijah. Inter-caste or inter-religion marriage is still a taboo in the Jewish community, maybe you would figure out why through the pages of their plot. A great fact about the ...more
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