Title: Bombay Blues
Author: Tanuja Desai Hidier
Six Word Review: Dimple travels to Bombay, experiences life.
Summary: Dimple Lala is a college student and avid photographer living in New York City, with her boyfriend Karsh. She travels to Bombay with Karsh to celebrate her cousin’s wedding. Together they also plan to explore their homeland, each in search of questions about their heritage and themselves. Dimple encounters many things during her summer in Bombay—most of which she was not expecting. Karsh distances himself and her family is topsy-turvy with the wedding plans. Dimple realizes she must explore Bombay on her own and she finds out more than she ever imagined about her culture, her family and love.
I started reading because: The cover looked really interesting (admit it, you judge books by their covers, too) and the first few pages were engaging.
I kept reading because: I hate to leave books unfinished.
I would give this book 5/10 stars, because the poetic, stream-of-consciousness writing style got monotonous halfway through, the plot didn’t seem to be going anywhere, and the dreamy quality of the storyline made it hard to follow. However, I liked Dimple’s charming, determined and inquisitive personality.
I loved the detailed descriptions of Dimple’s family and life in colorful, exciting Bombay.
I hated the descriptions of everything when they became excessive and the stream-of-consciousness style. The poetic style seemed more suited to a shorter story.
If the lead character Dimple were stuck on a deserted island, she would take pictures of everything because she sees the world through the eyes of her precious film camera.
Anything else we should know? This book is loooooooooong. It’s 550 pages of poetic rambling, which didn’t really work for me, but maybe it’s your thing. If it is, you will really enjoy this book! Also, dialogue is denoted by dashes, instead of the usual quotation marks, which can be confusing at first, but I got used to it.