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HomeHome tells a story of three generations. Three generations facing different obstacles as traditions around them change.

 The Bawari Lal family have overcome troubles in the past and worked hard for their success. But they don’t realise the meaning of hard work until they begin to raise their children and grandchildren.

 Manju Kapur endeavours to show the traditions of a close-knit Indian family. Wants, needs, passion and desire is the recipe which will test the family and each plot emphasizes the meaning of family. Two dominant characters, from different generations are struggling with the speed of time. Whilst Sona is unhappy because time is moving too fast, Nisha wishes time would speed up. 

To be honest I’m not sure what I make of this book. Perhaps it’s because traditions have evolved so much that the attitudes displayed make me uncomfortable – the pressures of an arranged marriage, the importance of caste, the struggles to have children of your own. Traditions less prominent in the life around me made the novel immensely engaging. I felt frustrated, almost tangling myself up in family tensions.

 Personally I learnt a lot from this book, and in a way it made me grateful of the world I live in. Although I was not satisfied with the ending, it highlighted that not every ending is a happy one and sometime you have to settle for second best.

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The word ‘geisha’ means artist. Many assume geisha are prostitutes but this is untrue.

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From the moment I started reading the novel by Arthur Golden, I was captured. Mesmerised by the sheer beauty, elegance and exotic essence in the streets of Gion everything unfolded a hidden meaning. From each stroke of makeup to the way a girl wears her kimono; Golden tells the story of Chiyo who swaps fish life for the world of geisha.

The nine year old girl not only loses her family, but loses all control of her life to Memeha, her new older sister geisha. Chiyo embarks upon learning the art of conservation, music, dance, and seduction. Selling her virginity to the highest bidder in a world where love is an illusion Chiyo illustrates the life of geisha. But does she make it? Will she ever find happiness?

To be honest, after reading the book and also watching to film I felt somewhat dissatisfied. I wasn’t comfortable with the way geisha were being treated. Or how Chiyo, a little girl full of life and excitement grew up wearing a mask to hide her past. Perhaps I was hoping for more. More than just becoming a geisha.

Nevertheless her story is captivating. Her pure courage and determination to focus on what she had left in her life is truly inspiring. She does anything to fulfil her dream of becoming a geisha. Golden draws on Japanese culture, using every instrument to create an unforgettable atmosphere. You vision the colourful kimonos, feel Chiyo heart ache, hear the geisha giggle, and taste the salty tears of a girl who puts every ounce of her energy into her future.

An unusual but truly amazing tale.

Me and Nikhil are reading a book called “Gypsy Masala: A Story of Dreams” by Preethi Nair at the moment. And though we haven’t got past the first few pages we found a pretty beautiful quote in it:

“If thoughts were left to fly to unknown places, then perhaps nature’s hand would pick them up and breathe into them an awaiting reality.”

I’m not even going to say anythig about it because I think it says it all by itself and you will all probably find your own meaning behind it.

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