A gift, a birthday gift from a friend who drove one and half hour right after his night shift work to meet. Though, I have not been a person who go abuzz on every birthday for the past few years, but there are always certain things that make any day to be cherished forever. Siva coming in person was indeed one such thing.
Though I wanted to read this book much earlier after I received it, there was this concept of me that doesn’t make up to read books until I am finished with the current one. The House that BJ built was an Indian fiction book after a long time. And, this is the first time I have read of Anuja Chauhan (Being an accidental reader always!). Later did I learn that it is a sequel, a sequel that can be read without having to go through the first part. The briefing in the book gave me a 50 -50 thought on the book.
The book welcomed with a Hindi English dialect used which I did least expect (Yes, most English book on Indian geography do have this combination of native language wherever possible). Though, initially it seemed odd, as the story evolved the usage seemed so in sync with the story. The story revolves around young Bonu who lives with her grandfather in one of the most sought out places in Delhi. The story develops over a variety of characters ranging from a fresh hit director for whom Bonu has an undisclosed liking and his troubles with his latest film, alphabetically named aunts and her prejudiced thoughts on them, Trings of annexure with whom only Bonu is found to be in a good rapport, a rehabilitated successful builder, a troubled second family.
The overall experience of the book gives you a Hindi family drama movie feel. (Who knows it can be made into one!). The dialects used adds a funny relevance to the drama. The biggest plus of the book lies in its vast characterization for a simple family story and the flow. The story gives an insight into the upper class societal and family life (Which I am not much aware of in person, so believe it to be). The clashes over money, property, prejudices and conspiracies that built the simple looking complex family life is what the book carries in a simple form.
Of all the characters, Samar the sensible aspiring director (until a brawl in the road, which for me looked more filmy) and Bonu who is a combination of past childhood emotions, lone bringing up and a self-developed life has a character of their own. The way she fights over just to keep her intact and to prove that she is in no way lesser to others does have a strong touch to it. Most scenarios in the storyline reflect the sweet bitter existences of most relationships in a family. The conspiracies, stories and interpretations on past instances make the story build and does show how assumptions can leave people in a constant state of confusion and uncertainty. The story does indeed give an insight over how family relationships revolve in an economically and societally settled families.
Overall, an easy and light read with a hefty Bollywood touch and few clichés is what the house provides. It will definitely remain one of those leisurely read as a pass time for lot of people. Nevertheless the gift part will have a special part for this book in my shelves.
#TheHouseThatBJBuilt – Built family life in a Bollywood touch