Okay, maybe because I like comedies-of-manners AND books set in India AND books about Indian-Americans, I really liked Diksha Basu's new novel, "The Windfall". Set both in Delhi and Ithaca, New York, it's the sweet story of the Jha family. Father Anil has become wealthy overnight because of an internet innovation he has sold for many millions of dollars. Going from middle-class to wealthy has done a number on Anil Jha, who can't seem to figure out how to spend the money fast enough. Moving from their middle-class, noisy, a bit shabby housing complex to a secluded area of new, prestigious homes in Gugaon, a Delhi suburb is not accomplished without some questioning by Anil's wife, Bindu, who sees life with much more practicality than her husband. She's loathe to leave their old digs, but wants to please her husband. Their son is off studying in the United States and he has his own problems.
The Jha family interacts with old neighbors and new neighbors. Diksha Basu's writing is lovely and she seems to quite honestly care about her characters. I'm not sure if the Jhas' - particularly Anil's - preoccupation with status and money and what money can buy was exaggerated for fiction, but I'll bet a lot of it is real.
Diksha Basu's novel may seem superficial on reading, but it really isn't. Love abounds in all the relationships and the happiness that results is a joy to read. It reminded me of another book I loved, "The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing". by Mira Jacob. If you like this book, you should check out the Jacob book.