The Hindi-Bindi Club

The Hindi-Bindi Club

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For decades they have remained close, sharing treasured recipes, honored customs, and the challenges of women shaped by ancient ways yet living modern lives. They are the Hindi-Bindi Club, a nickname given by their American daughters to the mothers who left India to start anew--daughters now grown and facing struggles of their own.

For Kiran, Preity, and Rani, adulthood bears the indelible stamp of their upbringing, from the ways they tweak their mothers' cooking to suit their Western lifestyles to the ways they reject their mothers' most fervent beliefs. Now, bearing the disappointments and successes of their chosen paths, these daughters are drawn inexorably home.

Kiran, divorced, will seek a new beginning--this time requesting the aid of an ancient tradition she once dismissed. Preity will confront an old heartbreak--and a hidden shame. And Rani will face her demons as an artist and a wife. All will question whether they have the courage of the Hindi-Bindi Club, to hold on to their dreams--or to create new ones.

An elegant tapestry of East and West, peppered with food and ceremony, wisdom and sensuality, this luminous novel breathes new life into timeless themes.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780553384529
055338452X
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 431 p. : map ; 21 cm.

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trinitude Jan 11, 2012

makes you laugh, cry, rejoice, identify, if you have ever belonged to any culture remotely indian. great writing in any culture though!

crankylibrarian Apr 22, 2011

Is there any immigrant American subculture that has NOT produced a novel about the tension between contemporary daughters and their more traditional, 1st generation mothers? Maybe the Estonians have escaped, but Jews, Italians, Hispanics and the Chinese have all had their Joy Luck Club moment. Hindi-Bindi club follows a similar trajectory to Amy Tan's trendsetter: alternating chapters told by 3 thirty-something, assimilated daughters and their immigrant mothers. Intermarriage and illness run throughout all the stories: "rebellious" daughter" Kiran is returning home after a failed marriage to a white musician estranges her from her father and her breast cancer stricken mother. Yet all 3 families have dealt with cross-cultural romance and physical imperfection in one generation or the other, sometimes accepted, sometime leading to great bitterness. By the end, all 3 families will have confronted family secrets and tragedies that reflect the complicated biases and beliefs of contemporary India.

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