• The Windfall

  • A Novel
  • By: Diksha Basu
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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The Windfall

By: Diksha Basu
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
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Publisher's summary

“Charming...What Kevin Kwan did for rich people problems, Diksha Basu does for trying-to-be-rich-people problems.” (People)

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by Esquire • A People Pick • A Time PICK

The Jhas are moving up.

For the past 30 years, their lives have been defined by cramped spaces and gossipy neighbors. But when Mr. Jha comes into an enormous sum of money - the result of an unexpectedly successful internet venture - he moves his reluctant wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, ultimately forcing them, and their son, to reckon with who they are and what really matters to them.

Hilarious and wise, The Windfall illuminates with warmth and heart the precariousness of social status, the fragility of pride, and, above all, the human drive to build and share a home. Even the rich, it turns out, need to belong somewhere.

Praise for The Windfall:

“A delightful comedy of errors.” (NPR, Weekend Edition)

“Ultra-charming.” (Vogue)

“I almost fell out of bed laughing.” (Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians)

“A fun and heartfelt comedy of manners.” (Rolling Stone)

"Though money doesn’t necessarily buy the Jhas happiness, it delivers readers plenty of laughs and more.” (Esquire)

“Endearing, astute.” (Christian Science Monitor)

©2017 Diksha Basu (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Basu's debut novel is a funny, deceptively light treatment of money and manners in modern-day Delhi." (Kirkus)

"In her debut novel, Basu sprinkles her send-up of social mobility in modern India with gentle indulgence for her characters, presenting the foibles of the Jhas with humanity and humor." (Booklist)

"This is a delightful comedy of manners with a lot of heart...the novel's universal theme and very entertaining story should appeal to a wide variety of readers." (Library Journal)

"Soneela Nankani's quick, sardonic narration lovingly channels the outlandish and often comedic mishaps that befall the newly wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Jha.... Between the humor, Nankani provides a thoughtful voice to characters who are struggling, such as the Jhas' son, who is failing college, and their widowed neighbor, who may be ready for a second chance at love." (AudioFile)