Gypsy Masala

by Preethi Nair | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0007143478 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Shroffland of Snellville, Georgia USA on 11/19/2009
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Shroffland from Snellville, Georgia USA on Thursday, November 19, 2009
Looking forward to reading and sharing this little novel.

**Reserved for the Contemporary Asian Literature Virtual Book Box**

Journal Entry 2 by Shroffland at -- Mailed, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Saturday, February 06, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (2/6/2010 UTC) at -- Mailed, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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Selected by Annimani in ApoloniaX's Contemporary Asian Literature VBB.

A lovely little novel with a touch of magic and fantasy; I'm looking forward to reading more of Preethi Nair's work.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, February 15, 2010
The book's in Finland, thank you so much! Thanks also for the beautiful bookmark :)

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From the back:

"Escaping from the dreary routine of work and the sad faces of her fellow nine-to-fivers, Evita follows the beat of a strange drum to a far-off land. There she finds not just the fabulously moustachioed José Del Ray, King of the Taxi Drivers, and the mysterious Gypsy, byt the source of her obsession and a dream she can make her own.

But when Evita comes home to London declaring her new direction in life, her family are thrown into turmoil. Sheila and Bali, their dreams of a family long gone, have raised Evita as their own child. The sadness of that time has kept them apart - holding on to their separate secrets, they have rejected the possibility of living the lives they truly wanted."

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Amazon.co.uk Review

"The subtitle of Gypsy Masala, "a book of dreams", encapsulates Preethi Nair's first novel. In a slimly elegant volume, the author manages to capture the soaring hopes and paralysing fears of human emotion. Resonant with the visceral anticipation of dread and excitement, this book appeals to the spirit of adventure.

Gypsy Masala follows the lives of 3 people--Sheila, Bali and their foster daughter, Evita. Each has their own crippling aspect. British-born Evita is stuck in a job and love life that don't inspire. Sheila, frozen by her experience of being torn from warm, passionate India to grey England. Bali, having lost not only his first child but also the woman he adored and risked everything for.

The catalyst of hope and confidence to change the character's circumstances comes in the form of the African dancer--an apparition that appears accompanied by the thumping, vital music of beating hearts. He is every aspect of being--to follow him is to follow your heart.

This is a book which at times makes you want to run out and follow your dreams, yet in the next chapter makes you realise why you haven't. Preethi Nair combines elements of the surreal and the prosaic as she details the intricate family dynamics and stomach-wrenching losses experienced by those who leap into a new world. Her idea of a gypsy masala--toss your dreams into the pan and savour the result--is a fatalistic yet exhilarating view of the world which leaves a spicy, yet sweet, aftertaste." --Sue Owen --

Journal Entry 4 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I really wanted to like this book, but was disappointed with the structure. The three sections were too separate to my liking; they felt like three protracted background descriptions to what to me was supposed to be the beginning of the story (according to the back cover blurb anyway), but instead they were all there was. I felt almost betrayed :D

The book will next go to Into-the-blue who picked it from the South East Asian VBB. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 5 by Into-the-Blue at Stade, Niedersachsen Germany on Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Received today with many thanks. Thanks also for the lovely bookmark!

15.03.2011:
At first I did not like the book too much (Evita's part). But then came the stories of Sheila and Bali and somehow it all fitted together like a puzzle. I found it quite interesting to see the story from the sight of 3 different persons.

Released 9 yrs ago (3/30/2011 UTC) at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Niedersachsen Germany

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The book will now travel to jumpingin in Canada, who has chosen it via the South Asian VBB. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 7 by jumpingin at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Thursday, April 14, 2011
Arrived safely. Thanks so much for the book and for the lovely postcard!

Journal Entry 8 by jumpingin at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, January 03, 2015
The premise for this book had a lot of promise, but I felt it was undeveloped. I liked the story overall and how it was told from three points of view.

This was Nair's first novel and from the excerpt of a later novel included in this book, it seems that her writing has become more sophisticated over time.

Journal Entry 9 by jumpingin at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (1/26/2015 UTC) at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

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Sent to dancing-dog as a wishlist RABCK. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 10 by dancing-dog at Cordova, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Thank you jumpingin for this RABCK and the accompanying sweet note :)

This has been on my wishlist for quite a while and it's exciting to receive such a well-traveled copy.

Journal Entry 11 by dancing-dog at Cordova, Tennessee USA on Wednesday, February 03, 2016
A little bit quirky - I liked having three different viewpoints on the same events as well as getting to know more about each character.

Journal Entry 12 by dancing-dog at Little Free Library on Littlemore in Cordova, Tennessee USA on Saturday, March 03, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (3/3/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library on Littlemore in Cordova, Tennessee USA

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Added to the neighborhood little free library - enjoy!

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