This book is recommended this week and fits in with the latest buzz!!!For those who are looking for a novel that is moving, sincere AND funny, then I suggest you follow the story of several adventurous retirees who decide to move to India!
“We have a saying in India: Everything will be alright in the end… So if it’s not alright, it is not yet the end.”
When Ravi Kapoor, an over-worked London doctor, reaches breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife ‘Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.’ His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create in an elegant lost corner of England within Bangalore. Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at bargain prices, but upon arrival, they are dimayed to find that such amenities of water and electricity are… infrequent.
But while their new life lacks in luxury, they come to find that it’s plentiful in adventure, stunning beauty, and unexpected love.
I was immensely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It was humerous, touching, and very thought-provoking.
Part 1 of the book introduces all main characters. Sadly, everyone feels despair in their lives – they are unhappy and unwanted.
Part 2 brings the retirees to their new ‘humble abode’. The golden oldies start to get to know each other, learning about each others lives, making jokes. Although they are enjoying themselves, every member shares a common morbid thought; they are just sitting in the waiting room.
Part 3 is when dramatic event follows dramatic event! Through the disfunction of the happenings in the Marigold Hotel, everybody’s secrets start to unfold…
With all the dramatic events that occur in what is supposed to be a ‘peaceful’ retirement home, each character goes through personal highs and lows, all whilst trying to adjust to their new lives in India. Despite their differences and different walks of life, one thing is evident; they all must learn that it is never too late to start living again.
*** Food for thought***
Through this book, I’ve realised that as young people, we seem to take for granted all the simple things that we are so blessed to have; such as having purpose, being wanted, being surrounded by friends and family… The elderly characters in this novel felt so alone, which made me think, we youngens (whilst we still have everything going for us) need to make an effort to spend time with those who are elderly, making them feel important and needed…
I really do like this book! It opened my eyes to a lot of things, and the vibrant colours and visiual details make me want to visit India all the more!
– Chookie xoxo