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The Windfall

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Staff Review: "The Windfall" by Diksha Basu


In East Delhi, the Jha's are accustomed to their middle class life in their apartment complex. Their only son, Rupak, is in America studying for his MBA, and Mr. and Mrs. Jha are content despite their small kitchen and nosy neighbors. When Mr. Jha sells his website for an exorbitant amount of money, the Jha's find themselves moving up not only economically, but also socially and geographically to a rich, lavish side of town. What will the neighbors in their housing complex think of their departure? What will the newer, richer neighbors think of their rags-to-riches story? Do these things even matter? This is a delightful book that looks critically at social status and wealth in today's culture. While the book was predominantly set in India, it still strongly resembles American society and our focus on wealth, status, and happiness. The book is very character driven and focuses on the day-to-day lives of the Jha's in India and Rupak's life in America. Recommended for anyone looking for a light, yet thought provoking read, and fans of contemporary fiction.

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

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