Sunday, September 3, 2006
The Mango Season
When i came back from my cousin's rather mixed-wedding, it seemed kinda appropriate to read a novel about a girl going back to india to tell her parents that she's in love with an american guy and she wants to marry him.
i'm from a rather conservative family myself and it was easy to picture the scenario that priya was about to face at home. parents (and every other person in the neighbourhood) looking out for a suitable groom for the 27 year OLD girl, issues sorrounding intercaste love marriages in the family, etc etc.
but somehow more than the story line itself what really appealed to me was the background.. the "mundane" sort of happenings in a typical household.. priya comes back home during summer, the peak mango season in south india and just the thought of mangoes can bring back soo many memories of mango filled summers in india!
returning to india after seven years in the US, priya finds it difficult to adjust to smells, sights and feelings she was sooo accustomed to for twenty years before she left for the states.. haggling with the mango sellers and auto drivers seem alien to her, family gossips revolt her and the narrow mindedness of her relatives sickens her.
and amidst all the mango pickle making hungama, she decides to let them all know that she's going to marry an american.. she somehow cannot gather to courage to break their hearts and is pushed into a rather traditional "bride-seeing" ceremony of a typica arranged marriage..
its a simple story that been well narrated and its really brought out the true emotions of everyone.. every character seemed justified in their behaviour and it really is tough to take sides.. i enjoyed the mango season..:)