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Red Turban White Horse: My Sister's Hurricane Wedding Paperback – Complete, 7 Jun 2013
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Nandini Bajpai grew up in New Delhi. One of four sisters, she comes from a family that loves to read. She worked in India and Australia before settling in the U.S. with her family and a fluctuating number of pets. Although she has dabbled in corporate finance, business analysis and fostering shelter animals, her true passion is writing.
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Start with the rich descriptions of the beautiful fabrics of the lehengas, from the gold and cranberry to the raspberry and silver, add in the mouth watering descriptions of the delicious aromatic curries, warm crusty garlic naans, fragrant rice and Tandoori chicken, and then sprinkle in sweet, youthful romance and strong family values and you have a little slice of swarg!
I highly recommend this YA novel! It is a fun romp through Indian-American culture, with strong, likable characters and lots of local flavor (I did reach out to the author and she indicated that the little takeaway that comes to Mini's rescue is loosely based on a diner on Route 9 in Framingham called Welcome India. I can't wait to try them sometime.)
I stumbled on this book in my LOCAL library book sale. All opinions expressed are my own.
For planning a wedding, you need warmth to go the extra mile and get the best for your loved ones. The author Nandini Bajpai brings out these qualities in Mini, with a natural flair, making her seem like a real living person, whom you would not be surprised to run into at Kumon, teaching math to youngsters. Mini Kapoor's personality is chronicled in detail. From her tastes in handbags, clothes, shoes, right up to her preferences in cars. Bajpai's characters are vibrant and she is a genius at breathing life into them. They are not shown larger than life, rather people like you and me who can be easily identified with. Her novel beautifully showcases a sisters motherly love as Mini steps into her mother's shoes and painstakingly plans all the details with care- because mom would have wanted it that way. Bajpai leaves a message with the readers - It's not about focussing on the smaller details and working yourself up. It's about developing an eye for the bigger picture and coming up with creative ways to get there. With this approach, Mini is able to navigate through troubled waters and come up with alternate arrangements to host the wedding, in the face of hurricane Irene. Underneath her soft exterior, is a very smart and savvy young woman, who goes all out to make sure that her sister has the best wedding she possibly can. RTWH is the most fun to read wedding planning handbook. Surmounting all possible obstacles including a limited budget, a hurricane on the D day, bridesmaids who did not know how to tie their sarees and above all, the absence of mom. Mini Kapoor takes everything in her stride and plods on stoically.
This novel is based in Boston and readers from the Boston area will be able to identify with the familiar landmarks quoted throughout the novel. This is the first novel published by author Nandini Bajpai , it moves at a delightful pace and adds just the right bit of dramatic elements. Anyone interested in planning and putting together big events will find it an interesting read. This should be on the reading list of anyone planning a wedding.
Bajpai based the character of Mini's father,Vinod on her husband, Chandra, who is a techie. Both own a white Lotus Esprit. Mini's dog Yogi, is modelled on Bajpai's dog who goes by the same name.
The author of “Red Turban White Horse” methodically unravels the complexity involved in planning a wedding in USA in an easy-to-read, breezy style of writing. Interestingly, the list of tasks she comes up with can be universally applied to the execution of any large scale ethnic event that involves getting 200-500 guests in one place. The book throws light on support created in close knit immigrant families settled far away from the homeland – for instance, the bride’s aunt lends her heirloom ethnic wedding outfit and even tailors it to the bride’s personal taste and preference. When faced with an unexpected weather related emergency, the adaptability of immigrant families brings a heart-warming closure to the large wedding project. Bajpai’s narrative paints vivid pictures and tactfully involves the reader’s five senses. For a debut novel, she deserves credit for recounting a real-life story with uncanny ease and dexterity.