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Author: Manju Kapur
Publisher: Random House India
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788184000337
Short Listed for the Hutch Crossword Book Award 2006.
'What do you think of love marriages?'
'They are a very bad thing. Too Much adjustment.'
Banwari Lal, the patriach of a family-run cloth business in Karol Bagh is a believer in the old ways. Men work out of the home, women within. Men carry forward the family line, women enable their mission.
But all is not as it seems. His two sons may unquestioningly follow their father in business and in life, but their wives will not. Neither will his grand daughter who is determined to strike her own path. In the midst of these tensions, a secret emerges which threatens the old-fashioned family to its foundations.
'Few writers have explored the complex terrain of the Indian family with as much insight and affection.'
'High quality fiction…[Kapur understands] the inconstancy of human beings and their relationships; of our self-delusions, our manipulating of situations to suit our own viewpoints, the instinct for gossip-mongering and groupism, and how the joint family system provides the perfect setting for the playing out of all these qualities.'
--- Business Standard
'In today's Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki age, (Home) is infused with bits-and -bobs that you find at once so recognisable. What begins like a short story, perhaps bringing your neighbours to mind, stretches to as many as 337 pages, with nuances that are at times rather singular, and at other, so universal.'
--- The Hindu
--- Hindustan Times
'A fast-moving story which makes an ordinary middle class family’s life in Delhi extraordinary - quite an achievement.'
--- Mark Tully
'Manju Kapur is one of the most perceptive chroniclers of that microcosm of the nation state: the joint family. The narrative voice is deceptively soft, for Kapur lays it all bare-conflicting loyalties, intrigues, triumphs, and tragedies.'
--- Kiran Nagarkar
'Few writers have explored the complex terrain of the Indian family with as much insight and affection as Maju Kapur. She describes the small rebellions and intense power struggles with a knowledge of the human heart that is at once compelling and terrifying.'
--- Nilanjana Roy