The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi
6/27/2007–229 pages–fiction (India, culture clash)
Borrowed from public library
Priya Rao is an Indian woman visiting home for the first time in seven years from the US. She’s engaged, but not to a “nice Indian boy” like her family would have liked. In visiting home, Priya goes against her culture, full of duty and tradition, and helps lead two of her aunts along with her. Priya must break the news of her American fiance, but is torn between him and her family, who would shun her for her actions. In the end, she chooses to do what makes her feel happiest.
I can’t help but wonder if arranged marriages are really so widely used. (This book is only four years old.) If I remember correctly, Mahesh’s parents had an arranged marriage in India. I would like to say I would never want to live in the culture Priya’s trying to escape, but if it was all I knew, maybe I wouldn’t mind (because I wouldn’t know any better). Definitely a nice look at the culture clash between America and India. Might speak to Mahesh a bit about this book.