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The Windfall: A Novel by Diksha Basu explores what it means to come into a lot of money in modern day India. It looks at what it means to the person, and how it affects the family. But, even deeper still, Basu uses the sudden change in family dynamic to explore what it means to belong to a community, any community, be it a crowded apartment complex, a sparse suburb or a dorm in Ithaca, New York thousands of miles from home.
As an American reader, with no connection to India, there were some references (especially to the food) that had me pulling up Google. But, by in large, she paints a world that I have never been to with such clarity that it transports the reader to this city in India in the fall. Though you could argue it’s cheaper than a plane ticket, it only makes me want to buy a plane ticket there.
The characters are interesting if not a bit frustrating. The book centers around the idea of one-up-manship, something that many readers may already realize is a problem. But there is also a deeper commentary on culture, race, marriage and family.
It’s a good, easy read. It may not have changed my life, but it did offer a different, interesting perspective.