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Destination Wedding

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,261 ratings  ·  262 reviews
From the internationally bestselling author of The Windfall . . . . What could go wrong at a lavish Indian wedding with your best friend and your entire family?

Tina Das wants to belong, but she just isn't sure where. India or America? Brooklyn or Bombay? Manhattan or Delhi? Or start from scratch in London--she still has fond memories of her one-night stand
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Ballantine Books
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Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-judgements
Lesson learned: don't read a book just because Chrissy Teigan recommended it on her Instagram.
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This was fast, engaging, intriguing, entertaining reading. I have to admit I have finished it at three sits (quick breaks for ordering takeout, opening the door for grabbing my takeout and listening my husband’s bickering who says “are we eating takeout again!”) and mostly I enjoyed the smart mind of the author building a story in one place and keeps our attention intact without repeating or meandering.

The story takes place at the wedding ceremony centered around a few characters from their ages
Definitely more of a 3.5 than a 4 but I have to roundup here.

Literary fiction is not my genre at all and I usually run away from such books, but it’s hard to resist when it’s by an Indian author, set in India but also being published internationally. And I thought the author’s previous book The Windfall was a fascinating enough read, so I wanted to read this as well. And this was fascinating too but I’m still processing my thoughts on it.

One thing I can say about the writing style is that it’s
Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
Tina is an American Indian struggling with her identity. Born and raised in America, as an Indian, she feels like an outsider, but when she travels to India for her friend's wedding, as an American, she feels like an outsider there too. On top of trying to find her place in the world, she's struggling with her work as a producer for a TV station. Every idea she has seems to crash and burn, leaving wounded prospective talent in its wake.

Marianne, Tina's friend and companion for the wedding, is gr
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
3.5 stars rounded to 4

Charming, witty and full of heart, Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu is a kaleidoscope of colorful characters, desi drama and spot on dialogues, amidst a lavish Indian wedding. 

The writing is simple and unique but I am afraid it might not appeal to those who aren't familiar with what I think of as "Indian style english". Anyhow, I personally found it delightful. The narrative is third person and the author seamlessly transitions between characters, incorporating their back
Medha Upadhyay
Jun 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
“David Smith. Very American. I imagine he loves grilled cheese sandwiches. I personally don’t understand how anybody over the age of eight can stand those.”
I was really excited to dive into a novel about an NRI (Non-Resident Indian) going to India for a wedding, something that most of us desis can relate to. The plot itself was relatively interesting, if extremely predictable. I also loved the little chapter headings, which were hilarious!
However, the language felt like it was for middle school
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
This book was like a roller coaster of characters, scenes, and emotions. It was very hard to follow and it went all over the place. If you're fan of quirky scenes, side characters, and what nots then you'll enjoy this one. I liked it because it took place in India and it gave me a sense of what would it feel like to visit.

Real rating: 2.5/5 stars
May 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
The premise is a good one. Tina Das, a 32-year-old Indian American, has never felt entirely Indian or American but more like “other”. She is also unfulfilled in her job as she struggles to implement reality-type tv shows set in India…while living in Brooklyn. Hmmm.

My problem with this book was two-fold, and I almost gave up on it. First, it needs a good editor. The writing was frankly a mess…run-ons, POV from characters who make one-second pit-stops in the narrative, very abrupt changes in loca
Anna  (The Bursting Bookshelf)
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
India is a place I've always wanted to visit and while it's still on my bucket list I'm trying to read as many books set there as possible. Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu definitely ticked a lot of boxes for me - it's a work of literary fiction set in India about a millennial woman attending a lavish wedding. Destination Wedding is a big vibrant book with lush settings, family drama, and an interesting story of a woman trying to figure out what she wants in life.

The prose in this book is in
Mridula Gupta
Let me start by saying, I am not the desired audience for this book. I do not enjoy reading about rich people complaining about everything in general, with a glass of expensive wine, designer clothes, and brain cells devoid of any real understanding of the world. That said, I am reviewing this book from a neutral perspective, just to tell you what to expect.

The story takes place amidst a destination wedding(duh!) and centres around the Das family. As they travel from JFK to Delhi, Tina-the daugh
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a multi-layered read. A fascinating look at modern India and the relationships among a varying group of people. I love books that feature over the top weddings (think Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy) with an intriguing cast of characters.

You do need to understand that this book features many different characters and you are going to get a variety of views. You are also going to be somewhat disappointed in the relationship between Tina and the hustler who really fascinated her.

I loved this bo
LolliMolly ⫷fiction addiction⫸
Being a basic white girl who has never left the states, the glimpses of India and Indian culture from Tina, a second generation Indian American, were quite fun to experience and kept me going through this book. I also loved the positive representation of divorce; Tina's parents divorced several years prior and seem to get along beautifully. Seeing divorced couples not only treat each other civilly, but also with care and friendship is really heartwarming.
What I found odd was how little of the
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: poc-author
Watch me talk about this book in my August wrap up: ...more
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu filters extravagance through the itinerary of a weeklong Indian wedding, following a blended Indian immigrant family and their friends journeying from New York to Delhi to celebrate one couple’s vows, and finding their own unexpected happy-ever-afters. Basu introduces a whole host of characters, each interesting in their own right, and formats the novel like a reality show to treat the reader to one revealing clip after another, connecting them through similari ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
3 Indian Wedding Stars

This light-hearted tale takes us to India for a wedding and I found that setting intriguing. There’s an eclectic mix of characters, Tina – who is struggling to decide where she belongs -- in the U.S. or India? Her parents, now divorced, are along the for the trip and add to the character mix. Tina’s mother has brought along her American boyfriend and her father is starting to date again. Tina has brought her best friend as well and she’s looking for love too, although she h
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, desi-books
Thanks Net Galley / Random House for a free review copy!

I was really excited to read Diksha's latest release, because The Windfall was hilarious and such a fun read. The premise of Destination Wedding sounds great in theory - Tina and her family head to India for her cousin's wedding. There's a wide swath of characters and Diksha's trademark dry wit and humor. For a book with great writing and interesting plot points, I found the story incredibly dull. The main character isn't very interesting,
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu is a wonderful blend of contemporary and traditional cultures wrapped together into a week-long wedding celebration attended by a vast arrange of family and friends in present day India.

The main character Tina ,a 30s-ish woman, who lives in NY and is at a stalemate in her career working in media. Who is she in regards to where she is now and where her family is from? What does she want to do with her life professionally and personally? Where does she go from h
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited to finally post an #ownvoices review, so hello and take a seat!

Tina, a wannabe documentary filmmaker, is stagnated in career and romance. When her cousin Shefali throws a lavish wedding in India, she gets her friend Marianne to leave her boyfriend for a week to attend with her. Relaxation is out the window when her divorced parents each bring along their own plus one. Layer on top the fact that this is all their first time back to India in a decade - the country
Sonali Dabade
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
'Destination Wedding' is about an America-born Indian, Tina Das, traveling to India along with her American best friend, her divorced parents, and her mother's American boyfriend, to attend her cousin's wedding. And this wedding is huge because of how rich the bride and groom and their families are. There's a lot of rich-people wedding shenanigans going on in here, in the midst of which Tina has to come up with an idea for a TV show for the company she works for and figure out her romantic relat ...more
Glenda Nelms
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Ballantine Books for the EARC. Destination Wedding centers around an Indian-American woman named Tina who travels to a wedding celebration in India with her family and friends. It explores how India has a blend of traditional and contemporary cultures. It has a vast array of characters. Descriptive, fascinating and light read that is filled with family tension. The main theme is each character finding their happiness and themselves. Though born in Ohio, Tina doesn't feel ...more
Katie Mac
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-voices
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The set-up here is pretty compelling--Tina, a non-resident Indian, travels to India with her family to attend an elaborate, multi-day wedding. Diksha Basu tries hard to create a "Crazy Rich Asians" plotline with similar vibes, but it fell flat for me because I found Tina to be dull and unlikable. I was much more invested in the other characters, particularly her parents (Radha and Neel), and found myself sighing when
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I struggled to get into this one. It took some work to keep up with all the POVs. There were some nice moments that I enjoyed. I was also in a mood most of the time when reading this. It makes me super picky which I hate.

I voluntarily read an early copy.
Chriselle Correia
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I give this 2.5 stars.

I was really excited for this book but I honestly couldn’t get myself to like Tina. The chapters I enjoyed most were ones without her and those earned the book the .5 star. The writing too felt rather disjointed and poor.
Michelle Huber
-Indian representation in a book
-talks about socioeconomic issues

And that's about it.
Otherwise, there were weird grammatical errors, trigger warnings for: fatphobia, micr0-aggressions, and classism
It keeps being compared to My Big Fat Greek Wedding & Crazy Rich Asians and honestly...I didn't see it. All I read was dialogue, description. Dialogue, description. Tina is extremely unlikable, and she's always complaining. In fact, everyone is always complaining. About someone else, their job, i
Reading Mama
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who here loved the Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan? If you enjoyed that series, I have a book recommendation for you! Destination Wedding is out at the end of the month, and it had a little bit of everything I love in a good book. One of the main characters, Tina, is Indian, but she has grown up in America. She has never felt like she fully belonged in America, and she has been struggling with who she is. When her cousin invites her to a week long wedding in Delhi, she decides to go. The ...more
Altagracia Pimentel
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Elissa Sanci
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this light-hearted read— the characters felt real and nuanced and the writing was delightful, the plot playful. Every character seems to be facing an identity crisis of some sort: Though born in Ohio, Tina doesn’t feel American, but she really doesn’t belong in India, either; Marianne, Tina’s best friend, is constantly shaping her personality based on the men she dates; Neel, Tina’s father, isn’t sure he’s the type to jump back into the dating pool after his divorce; and Radha, ...more
Claudelle Monis
Jul 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is probably the most painful book I've read this year. There's no story right through, and a very predictable 'happy' ending. I'm definitely not taking book recommendations from Chrissy T again.
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Loved the humor and the glimpses into side characters' perspectives; definitely some laugh out loud moments and incisive little social observations. My library stuck a romance sticker on this but I would call it more of a comedy of manners - the love stories seem more like devices to move the characters into absurd situations than fleshed out romances in themselves. Our main character, Tina, was great as a window into everything going on around her, but she was pretty much the least interesting ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Destination Wedding is that fun book you rely on when the days get hot and you have no bandwidth for anything that will demand too much out of you. It’s a book that talks about rich and privileged Indians. If poverty porn is more your thing, I’d say skip past this one because in all likelihood, the book will annoy the heck out of you!

Diksha Basu sets her book in India, well most of it anyway. Tina Das, our protagonist, is an American-Indian whose parents came to the States for higher education a
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Diksha Basu is a writer and occasional actor.

Originally from New Delhi, India, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and now divides her time between New York City and Mumbai.

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