DEBORAH MOGGACH THESE FOOLISH THINGS PDF

Enticed by advertisements for a luxury retirement home in India, a group of strangers leave England to begin a new life. On arrival, however, they discover the palace is a shell of its former self, the staff are more than a little eccentric and the days of the Raj appear to be long gone. But, as they soon discover, life and love can begin again, even in the most unexpected circumstances. Moggach's prose is markedly more graceful than Agatha Christie's, her moral world is not dissimilar". Her gift is to perceive and describe our confusions about life-and to write with feeling about the continual quest for love and happiness that is part of the human condition".

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Vintage ; New Ed edition, Have you ever picked up a novel that had already been made into a film and mid-way, was forced to acknowledge that it is another story altogether, refreshingly different? When a book has been turned into a Hollywood movie, so successful that it has spawned a sequel, you approach the original dismissively. The choice is laced with the danger that the book would never live up to the script or else follow it like a resigned pet, have nothing original to offer.

While one waits to be led along a familiar path, or be given something to grumble about for not living up to expectations, there is a moment when the pages begin to get turned for the love of the words and the personae.

The narration comes of its own with such fierce life force that one is no longer looking for celluloid shadows. The anchors are all there, the characters bear familiar names, the basic premise of outsourcing old age offshores remains. But the quirks and backdrops have been swapped and a melange of new faces makes up the multi-pixilated canvas. Sonny is no longer the young man fighting to find his place within his successful business clan. Norman is desperate for an affirmation of his vitality.

Muriel is hunting for her lost son. Dorothy is searching for her lost home. The scene of their shenanigans is not Jaipur, but Bangalore. A bunch of Britons, each for a personal reason, winds up in a retirement home in India. In self-imposed exile in their old colony, they come to terms with a way of life lost for ever and reconcile their fates in a new land and age.

Many of them have lived through World War era Britain and cannot adjust to the present day fast-moving nation whose common values have dispersed.

India too, has changed much since its colonial past. How do people survive who have hung on while their roots have floated away? For some like Evelyn and Muriel, the transcontinental flight is an unthinkable adventure; that first safety net thrown away sets them on many more explorations, some outside the walls of the retirement home. Moggach takes a dig at stereotypes as well as the incessant political correctness of modern existence. As many as nineteen residents, with several of their relatives and associates prominently in the frame, yet not once does a reader confuse between them.

Moggach painstakingly paints each in minute brush strokes, mingling them among other sub-players, like a vivid group portrait with background bokeh. The whimsies of human nature are undying, possessiveness and jealousy play out till the end. There is a feral cat who gets many names and several saucers of milk laid out for him by different residents through the day, each assured in the faithfulness of his affection.

Marigold Hotel becomes the metaphoric waiting room, where the old, and young, meet to negotiate the next steps in their journey. The book ends with the photographer, Vinod, lovingly touching up the wedding photos of an octogenarian bride and groom. Jayeeta Ghorai is an academic researcher, author, editor, columnist, consummate blogger who rants and woos in fine prose.

She pens a regular column, A-muse-ment , at Mirrorfect and is about to start one for Eye Zine. Now living in Leeds, UK, it is her birth city, Calcutta, that has made her what she is - an out-of-control book-junkie, film guzzler, culture critic, and very wordy-nerdy.

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Vintage ; New Ed edition, Have you ever picked up a novel that had already been made into a film and mid-way, was forced to acknowledge that it is another story altogether, refreshingly different? When a book has been turned into a Hollywood movie, so successful that it has spawned a sequel, you approach the original dismissively. The choice is laced with the danger that the book would never live up to the script or else follow it like a resigned pet, have nothing original to offer. While one waits to be led along a familiar path, or be given something to grumble about for not living up to expectations, there is a moment when the pages begin to get turned for the love of the words and the personae.

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