The colorful description of the people and the culture. I did not want this book to end!
Outstanding narrative, loved her Indian accent. She made the story come alive.
The description of the weddings...the food preparation and the clothing. I loved her characters.
My only disappointment is there is no next book. I want more! Please!
Yes, because it was so fun to listened to the reader
I enjoyed the descriptions of every day events. They gave me a taste of life in another place.
I have not listened to Tania before but her reading was quite enjoyable.
Once I got into the story I was eager to continue.
I loved the quiet way the sorry moved through time.
Entertaining, thought-provoking & educational
I loved that it was a simple story with complex characters. I read "The Namesake", so I was not totally unfamiliar with Indian culture, yet I still learned so much. The character's were very likeable.
Tania Rodrigues made this book come to life. She is the absolute best reader I have listened to since joining Audible.
I would not rename this book. At first I thought the name was long and actually a bit strange. But after hearing this book, I completely understand. The title has as much to do with Indian culture as the story itself.
I have learned that there are 3 companion sequels to this book. I have ordered the paperbacks, but wish that Ms. Rodrigues would be commissioned to record them.
I listen to Audible’s books when I am doing some other task and can’t actually read the book. Often this experience is less enjoyable than reading the book would be, but it provides entertainment while completing some brain-dead task. This book, on the other hand, is one that is almost certainly better to listen to rather than to read.
About halfway through this book I realized that it would probably be a mediocre read, but the narration by Tania Rodrigues makes this story come alive. She is an amazing voice actor. Her narration voice is with a British accent, yet she does (to my ears) perfectly Indian-accented English when speaking as a character in the novel. There are even some phrases in other languages (Hindi?, Sanscrit?) that she reads with aplomb. I have no idea whether they are pronounced correctly or not, but at least she doesn’t stumble over the words as I would.
The book amounts to a series of vignettes plus a handful of main characters whose stories provide continuity from the beginning to the end. Even the short sub-stories are uplifting and fun.
The book provides an education into the mores and culture of India, focusing mostly on the Muslim and Hindu sub-cultures, but the country apparently contains enough Christians that they get an occasional mention. It was interesting to learn that if a man and woman marry for love their families are scandalized. Every respectable couple would never consider a match that wasn’t arranged by their families.
All in all, this is a very good book that is made into a great one by the excellent performance of Tania Rodrigues.
The worst part of this book are the facts that:
1. It’s a series, and Audible doesn’t have any of the other books.
2. The next book in the series, “The Many Conditions of Love”, is NOT read by Tania Rodrigues.
I enjoyed learning about India and its customs through the excellent narration of Tania Rodrigues. She does a wonderful job of bringing life to the people who color this tale. As much as I enjoyed the book, the writing was at times, without point, IMO. Some of the details, rather than adding to the flavor of the story, were superfluous. That said, I recommend this book and may check out more, if it is a series.
One of the best things about the book was that it covered more than one aspect of Indian society. The wedding customs of several groups were described in detail and with a personal touch. You felt like no one was judging the merits of any religion or group.
By following the stories of individuals you caught a glimpse of the difficulties and struggles that various people in India face. It put a face and a emotional value on the problems as well as the good aspects of Indian life..
I was always anxious to get back to the story when I had to stop.
The plot is predictable, but the insights and characters in this gentle story made it an enjoyable listen.
It provided a glimpse into the multiple cultures coexisting in India and had reasonably well drawn characters.
I loved this book. The characters were likeable and the plot felt new and different. The narrator did an excellent job. A few storylines were predictable, but overall I highly recommend this book.
I have recommended this book to so many people after finishing. It is a charming snapshot of the middle classes of India - the caste system, the way people shop and work and live. I was thrilled to discover that the author spends more time with some of the secondary characters in other books and plan to read or listen to them as they become available. If you are a fan of The Number One Ladies Detective Agency, this book will give you the same feeling of recognition with a place so different from our own.