Monday, August 12, 2013

Book Review: The Immigrant by Manju Kapur

On the jacket: 

Nina, at thirty, sees herself as increasingly off the shelf. But then unexpectedly, a proposal arrives. Ananda is a dentist in Halifax, Canada. The two marry and she leaves her home and her country to build a new life with him. But there is always more to marriage than courtship. And as Nina discovers truths about her husband - both sexual and emotional - her fragile new life in Canada begins to unravel. The Immigrant is another mesmerizing saga about the complexities of arranged marriage and NRI life from this most beloved of novelists.

I have always been a fan of Manju Kapur. Difficult Daughters and Custody are books I have re-read over time. The Immigrant is also based on similar lines of human emotions and family drama.

Kapur's books are not be read in a hurry, they need to be relished at ease, savoring every emotion that has been woven in the plot. A story of Nina and Ananda. Nina is someone a lot of us cold identify with or has friends who can. 30, single and unmarried, working, with an ageing mother at home; with family and the society badgering her for good news - marriage.

Nina, a professor, is shown to marry Ananda, a dentist, well-settled in Canada. Life begins on a happy note, after she moves to Canada with him and hits a low when she couldn't conceive. They start drifting apart and subsequently,  they both cheat on each other. In the meanwhile, she takes up to train to be a librarian. By the time, her course is over, Nina and Ananda have nothing left to share with or give to each other.

Beautifully written, a bit slow, yet an engrossing read.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.] 

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