Today we’re finishing up A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev. We usually post our sister read-alongs in three parts, but this time we’re putting parts 2 & 3 into one post.
As we read, our texts were flying. Here’s what we were thinking through the middle third:
Holly: Mili says “The entire household does not need to see my chromosomes.”
Amanda: That almost made me snort inappropriately while trying to tell my child to go to sleep.
Holly: That was basically the point.
Amanda: I feel like I’m actually watching a Bollywood movie right now. This is amazing. You should have had an Indian wedding. (Uh, with no offense to your husband or your actual lovely wedding!
Holly: Tell that too [redacted name of former Indian crush]!* (And, no offense taken, obv). Oh, and I saw on the author’s website that her next book is called The Bollywood Bride.
*And now we shall see if my husband is a faithful GIAO reader.
Amanda: BTW, let’s go for Indian food.
And from there, we forged on through the final third of the book, continuing to laugh hysterically – well, until things got sad for a while..
Amanda: I am going to have to finish this book now.
Amanda: Um wow. It’s getting hot in here.
Holly: Dude, I do not post about the steaminess of books. Posts about steaminess make me mildly uncomfortable.
Amanda: [Tries to think of something that can amuse me and make Holly mildly uncomfortable…]
Amanda: I will say I don’t have a lot of familiarity with Indian culture, so I thought a few things were interesting about the relationships with daughters. Seeing Mili’s friend’s mother yelling “you stupid cow” to her daughter versus the excitement of a new baby girl to a new generation really stuck out to me. I loved that Mili wasn’t just trying to empower herself, but that she also wanted more for other women. I just loved Mili and her hope and her naivete, matched against her strength, intelligence and her determination.
Holly: I loved how Sonali Dev described writing this book in her acknowledgements section: “I would love to say that this book was hard labor, that my path to publication was riddled with sacrifice and tears. But I can’t. Writing Samir and Mili’s story was pure joy, and my path was so riddled with the incredible generosity and support of so many people…”
Amanda: I loved that too! Even though there was some sadness to this book i just loved it. It was a joy to read. 5 stars!!
Holly: I loved it too! Good find, pal.
Source: Thank Goodness for public libraries where we both found this one!