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Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes by Betsy Woodman

15 Jan

From the jacket:

13166025Meet Jana Bibi, a Scottish woman helping to save the small town in India she has grown to call home and the oddball characters she considers family.

Janet Laird’s life changed the day she inherited her grandfather’s house in a faraway Indian hill station. Ignoring her son’s arguments to come grow old in their family castle in Scotland, she moves with her chatty parrot, Mr. Ganguly and her loyal housekeeper, Mary, to Hamara Nagar, where local merchants are philosophers, the chief of police is a tyrant, and a bagpipe-playing Gurkha keeps the wild monkeys at bay. Settling in, Jana Bibi (as she comes to be known) meets her colorful local neighbors—Feroze Ali Khan of Royal Tailors, who struggles with his business and family, V.K. Ramachandran, whose Treasure Emporium is bursting at the seams with objects of unknown provenance, and Rambir, editor of the local newspaper, who burns the midnight oil at his printing press. When word gets out that the town is in danger of being drowned by a government dam, Jana is enlisted to help put it on the map. Hoping to attract tourists with promises of good things to come, she stacks her deck of cards, readies her fine-feathered assistant—and Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes is born

My Review:

I picked up this book thinking this will be yet another book on a cliched story revolving around the skewed perception of West about India but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I had a great time reading the book as it was a wonderfully entertaining and was written in an engaging manner.

The characters in the book are really lovable and its a treat to see them grow as the story progresses. I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Mr. Ganguly, the talking parrot; maybe because i own a parrot so the affinity to him was instantaneous!

Pick this book up on a lazy Sunday morning, as it is a perfect companion with a steaming cup of coffee!

My rating 4/5

This review is for Random House India; however the opinions expressed here are my own. 

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