Author: Deborah Moggach
When Ravi Kapoor, an over-worked London doctor, is driven beyond endurance by his obnoxious father-in-law, he asks his wife: ‘Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.’ His prayer seems to have been answered when his entrepreneurial cousin, Sonny, sets up a retirement home, recreating a lost corner of England in a converted guesthouse in Bangalore. Travel and set-up are inexpensive, staff willing and plentiful – and the British pensioners can enjoy the hot weather and take mango juice with their gin.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a brilliant comedy of manners, mixing acute observation with a deeper message about how different cultures cope in the modern world.
This is one of those books that I got from a trip to Goa. What do you do when your wife’s very irritating father comes to stay at your home, and you do not know when he will leave? Ravi was so frustrated with his living situation that it was putting a strain on his relationship with his wife. So when his cousin from India comes with a business proposal to start an old age home for Britishers in Bangalore, he jumps at it!
What I liked the best about this book was that the author did not have to resort to stereotypes while creating her characters. Each character had his or her own lives and issues. You become so invested in them that even if they have weird opinions, you understand that this is the kind of a person he or she is.
My only issue with the book was that while the author tried to include hindi in places to give it an authentic feel, there were many phrases that were used incorrectly. So it becomes very apparent that the author does not really know the language. It would have been better if this had been skipped.
There is a movie that is based on the book, but I felt the movie was too dissapointing.
On the whole, this is a feel good real. I rate it a 3 out of 4.