Thursday, August 30, 2012

Indian Maidens Bust Lose by Vidya Samson

The main reason that I decided to read this book was simply because it wasn’t like everything else out there. The cover alone suggests that humor is to be expected in Indian Maidens Bust Lose. Vidya Samson writes her characters with no holding back that will make any reader laugh out loud. Family is defiantly takes center stage in this hilarious read. I would not put this book in the YA genre however but probably the New Adult category of books.  

Nisha Desai is a young Indian woman who pines for romance in a country where love is in the same class as malaria, and where mates are selected using a calculator.

Normally deluged with ghastly suitors of her father's choosing, she suddenly finds herself on the short list for a bride-seeing tour by a rich and handsome nephew of a neighbor. This is the stuff of which dreams are made.

A nightmare materializes when a very un-Indian ruffian moves in next door, complete with beard and obnoxious Harley motorcycle. He might play the bad boy in one of Nisha's beloved romance novels, but in real life, he terrifies her.

So she tries to ignore the thundering engine of the bike while anxiously awaiting the arrival of Prince Charming--or at least, Prince Rich.

But arriving first are a long-lost black-sheep American aunt and her trouble-magnet teenage daughters. The aunt proves to be a New Age space case, while the cousins’ appetite for disasters threatens to level the city of Ahmedabad. In short order, the demented cousins instigate an elopement, a public protest, and a riot that gets Nisha thrown in jail.

Nisha’s family comes to the conclusion that while East and West may meet, sometimes they shouldn't. The guests are seen as an invading force, equipped with weapons of mass corruption.

While Nisha wonders how she can hide her now corroded reputation from the dream suitor's family, insanity marches on. Nisha's father adopts a pet cow and convinces half the city it's the reincarnation of a Hindu deity. The two families are finally united in a common goal: to bilk thousands. The result is Madison Avenue's idea of a religious experience, which is not a controllable situation.

The main character is Nisha, a young woman who lives with her traditional family waiting for a proper suitor to marry. Immediately after the first couple of chapters you get the sense that Nisha is special and someone who wouldn’t live inside of the box her father expects her to. She longs for a more exciting life and will do what she has to, in secret of course, to get what she wants. She’s very timid at first but eventually her true colors show, especially at the end of the book, which I loved.

There are just too many characters to talk about but the stand out ones where Vinita, Nisha’s uptight sister and her American cousins Amber and Lauren who are hysterical. Amber and Lauren are constantly testing the family’s patience, especially the father who is very traditional in his ways. I think the best moment that the cousins had their hands in was Kiran, one of the neighbors who pines for the woman who has been matched with another man. He basically pulls a move right out of the movie The Graduate. There are a lot of funny moments in this book that I would love include in this review but can’t. I just don’t want to spoil the book.

I will say that even though the book is very well written it wasn’t a must read. What I mean when I say this is that you can take your time reading this, maybe on a trip or when you want to jump into something different then your usual genre. You can jump right back into this book even if you skipped reading for a couple of days. It had romance that was whispered throughout the book but nothing major until the end. Which is the point when I had to finish. This of course is my opinion and may be different for all the many different readers out there. Indian Maidens bust lose is a unique funny read that puts a magnifying glass on an Indian family that will have you laughing in tears.   

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