The Resource The windfall : a novel, Diksha Basu

The windfall : a novel, Diksha Basu

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The windfall : a novel
Title
The windfall
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a novel
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Diksha Basu
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eng
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"For the past thirty years, Mr. and Mrs. Jha's lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners, gossipy neighbors, and the small dramas of stolen yoga pants and stale marriages. They thought they'd settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son's acceptance into an American business school. But then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money, and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, where he becomes eager to fit in as a man of status: skinny ties, hired guards, shoe-polishing machines, and all. The move sets off a chain of events that rock their neighbors, their marriage, and their son, who is struggling to keep a lid on his romantic dilemmas and slipping grades, and brings unintended consequences, ultimately forcing the Jha family to reckon with what really matters" -- provided by publisher
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A middle-aged Delhi couple find themselves suddenly wealthy.Mr. and Mrs. Jha are no longer young when they suddenly come into a great deal of money. Mr. Jha has sold a website he created. The money allows the Jhas to move from their East Delhi housing complex to Gurgaon, a much ritzier neighborhood, where each house has a gate, a guard, and sometimes a swimming pool. Mr. Jha throws himself into their new lifestyle, ordering a couch embedded with Swarovski crystals (which turns out to be as uncomfortable as it sounds). Mrs. Jha, meanwhile, can't convince herself to use the new hot showers, preferring instead to stick with the bucket and mug she's used to. In the meantime, the Jhas' son, Rupak, is studying for his MBA in New York. His parents don't know it yet, but he's failing his classes. Worse, he's trying to balance two women: Indian Serena, who rather resembles his mother; and blonde, American Elizabeth, whom Rupak can't imagine fitting in to his Indian life. Basu's debut novel is a funny, deceptively light treatment of money and manners in modern-day Delhi. Mr. Jha suffers from a bad case of keeping-up-with-the-Joneses—though in this case it's the Chopras next door, and they've gone so far as to have a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel installed in their foyer ceiling. Then, too, there's Mrs. Ray, a young widow from the Jhas' old neighborhood who is soon thrown together with Mr. Chopra's well-to-do brother, with predictable results. Basu manages these various storylines well, and her writing is sincere. But at times the humor feels forced, strained. Each of the characters is flawed, but those flaws seem to elicit pity rather than sympathy. At a certain point, their moneyed lives don't seem as funny as they do alienating and sad. There's something unsettling about all this that the ending does nothing to assuage, though it seems to want to. The humor seems strained in this comedy of errors, manners, and money.(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2017)
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10565189
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Basu, Diksha
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823/.92
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no index present
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fiction
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True
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  • Families
  • Wealth
  • Social status
  • India
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The windfall : a novel, Diksha Basu
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rdacarrier
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text
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1 online resource (304 pages).
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online
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Owing to Legal Deposit regulations this resource may only be accessed from within National Library of Scotland. For more information contact enquiries@nls.uk.
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9781408888735
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computer
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rdamedia
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remote
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52FBE8BB-B096-465C-A4D0-3207F37D4582
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(OCoLC)990185225
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The windfall : a novel, Diksha Basu
Link
Publication
Copyright
Note
OverDrive eBook
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
1 online resource (304 pages).
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Owing to Legal Deposit regulations this resource may only be accessed from within National Library of Scotland. For more information contact enquiries@nls.uk.
Isbn
9781408888735
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
52FBE8BB-B096-465C-A4D0-3207F37D4582
System control number
(OCoLC)990185225

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