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Indian Maidens Bust Loose (hilarious romantic comedy set in India) [Kindle Edition]

Vidya Samson
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Book Description

Nisha Desai is a young Indian woman who pines for romance in a country where love is in the same class as malaria, and where mates are selected using a calculator.

Normally deluged with ghastly suitors of her father's choosing, she suddenly finds herself on the short list for a bride-seeing tour by a rich and handsome nephew of a neighbor. This is the stuff of which dreams are made.

A nightmare materializes when a very un-Indian ruffian moves in next door, complete with beard and obnoxious Harley motorcycle. He might play the bad boy in one of Nisha's beloved romance novels, but in real life, he terrifies her.

So she tries to ignore the thundering engine of the bike while anxiously awaiting the arrival of Prince Charming--or at least, Prince Rich.

But arriving first is a long-lost black-sheep American aunt and her trouble-magnet teenage daughters. The aunt proves to be a New Age space case, while the cousins’ appetite for disasters threatens to level the city of Ahmedabad. In short order, the demented cousins instigate an elopement, a public protest, and a riot that gets Nisha thrown in jail.

Nisha’s family comes to the conclusion that while East and West may meet, sometimes they shouldn't. The guests are seen as an invading force, equipped with weapons of mass corruption.

While Nisha wonders how she can hide her now corroded reputation from the dream suitor's family, insanity marches on. Nisha's father adopts a pet cow and convinces half the city it's the reincarnation of a Hindu deity. The two families are finally united in a common goal: to bilk thousands. The result is Madison Avenue's idea of a religious experience, which is not a controllable situation.

Indian Maidens Bust Loose is a hilarious romantic comedy set in the land of cows, curry, and the Kama Sutra. says of this book:

I recommend it as a funny, more Indian style romance that manages to entertain and yet avoid fetishization. The author takes certain universal stereotypes – strangers in a strange land, repressed younger people yearning to break free from strict parental control, trying to come home again, authoritarian parental figures, bitchy gossiper/meddler – and makes them Indian yet also leaves them accessible to non-Indians.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done and crispy May 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As a man I had a good laugh at this witty and well written story, although I suspect it is written with a female audience in mind. Even the title made me laugh with its double entendre. (The main character is a fan of bodice-ripper romances). I enjoyed the strategies of the sisters in not cooperating in the arranged marriage game, until of course the right man comes along. Having a long-lost aunty and her two daughters visit from America is a clever mechanism for the author to contrast Indian and American cultures. She does this in a humorous way without belittling either culture. She gets the accents of the participants, especially the father, just right. This reader quickly found himself in the shoes of the main character. My only (tiny) criticism was that some of the character developments were a little light - especially the mother. But this really is a tiny nit-pic on my part. There are many genuinely LOL moments, two of the best involving cows. Immediately likeable characters, the dialogue is crisp, the setting authentic. As a previous visitor to the subcontinent I relived many of my own experiences there and even experienced some nostalgia. I fully recommend this gem of Indian writing for women AND men, and command its author to generate more.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL and I mean that sincerely April 30, 2012
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I'm interested in reading about other cultures and sometimes comedies are more revealing than even non-fiction. When the comedy is laugh out loud (I did laugh out loud several times)funny that's even better.
The story is presented as a comedy of errors and while the errors come so thick and fast and funny there is an element of farce but at the same time the characters are so well drawn, so individual and alive, it never exceeds the limits of believability. And there is a story, a consistent thread that holds the whole thing together.
Whether or not the cow in the story is the embodiment of a goddess there is no doubt that fictional characters have a god, or goddess: the author. In fiction even if the characters don't believe in magic, it works.
The goddess of these characters takes the reader on a wild ride, some expected things happen, some very unexpected things, a lot of very funny things and wraps it in a very satisfying way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! May 18, 2012
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This book starts with two sisters, Nisha and Vinita, are doing everything they can to avoid having to marry the horrible prospective husbands their father keeps picking out. And they are horrible.

When the American cousins come to visit, Nisha is hoping to convince them to take her home with them and let her study journalism. She's determined to make a good impression, while everyone else---with the exception of the grandmother---are determined to make the aunt and cousins miserable.

This book is hilarious, and a very quick read (I read it in a day). There were only a few times where I wished things would speed up a little.

I have to admit, I kept forgetting the girls were as old as they were. They'd finished college, and several times I had to remind myself they weren't high school girls. It's just a cultural thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IMBL - a MUST read! May 29, 2012
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"Indian Maidens Bust Loose" (IMBL) is, in a word, surprising. At first blush it may not be apparent to the casual reader just what the novel is about. I've read this book at least twice and it's one of those which you will enjoy as much the second time as the first.


Ms. Samson's amusing and intelligent voice comes through in every moment. She writes in an entertaining style which stays with you long after you've read the book.


Lest I get carried away with the many well deserved accolades, let me tell you why, AND a little of what the story of "Indian maidens Bust Loose" is really all about.

A friend of mine saw the title and said something like, "Oh, you're reading one of those ...", meaning "those" of the spicy sexy variety. Well, yes, there is a mention or two of sex, but what self-respecting novel wouldn't have? But that's not what it's about.

Our maidens in question, Nisha and Vinita Desai live in Ahmedabad, India in a gated society of sorts common to a middle-class area. As with many young women in India, they have struggles with personal freedoms and hope for something other than arranged marriages and outmoded rituals of the ancient past. They strive to become FREE and be their own persons.

A feat not so easily achieved, especially with a father like Rasik, who seems to parade a never-ending entourage of suitors for both unfortunate maidens.

Nevertheless, when their Aunty Damini comes visiting from America with her two daughters Lauren and Amber, the foundation for "busting loose" seems a real possibility. East indeed meets West with a tumultuous bang, leaving nobody unscathed, and with perhaps a plan on Nisha's part to realize her dream.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! July 23, 2012
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This book looks at a classic clash of cultures. Nisha and Vinita live under the thumbs of their parents who believe very much in the very traditional Indian ways. When their American cousins, Amber and Lauren, come to visit, their lives are turned upside down.

India has always been a fascinating place for me. I would love to go there and visit someday. I think that it would definitely be an awesome experience. There are a lot of things that are unfamiliar to Americans as Amber and Lauren find out. In parts, I kind of wanted to kick Amber and Lauren as they seem to be checking all of the boxes as the ugly American tourists, a stereotype that I really, really hate. Although, I think a lot of times it's hard to keep in mind that you have to accept other places for what they are and that the world would be a very boring place if every single place were exactly the same. That being said, I think that the reactions that the cousins had were very realistic. Even if I didn't share them out loud, I recognized some of the same things that I thought about when I was in Ukraine last year (I don't know how it compares directly to India but it was definitely the roughest country that I had ever been in).

One thing I didn't like in the book was the mystery of Nisha and Vinita's origin. The mystery didn't come in until sort of the end of the middle of the book. It seemed like it was put there for some unknown reason and then the mystery ends pretty quickly. I can see how it resolved some issues in the minds of the characters but I wasn't really sure how it fit into the "big picture" of the book.

I loved the writing of the book. Samson really makes you care about the characters, especially the main character, Nisha.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Story
A very entertaining story. Not great literature or anything, but entertaining none the less. A fun story about a family in India, and their American cousins who come to visit. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen L. Freeman
What a fun read! The characters were great to get to know. Also, it was a fun way to learn about India. I look forward to other novels and writings of Vidya Samson.
Published 3 months ago by Kathy L. Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, entertaining, wellwritten
Very funny and entertaining book, giving some insight in India's modern life. The book has a lot of energy and a high pace and it kept me reading and entertained throughout.
Published 3 months ago by H Schiebaan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining
I really enjoyed this book. Very clever East meets West theme. Would love to see a sequel where the family in India visits the USA.
Published 4 months ago by BUNNYBEAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever & Unique
I really liked this book and can not really add much to what others have said. I also liked Bras, Bad Boys, and Blunders in Bahrain but this is more entertaining.
Published 4 months ago by Jim zzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping yarn!
This was an enjoyable story. I travelled to India last December so this was a story that recalled my Indian experience: the atmosphere, smells, colours and the intriguing Indian... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Busi
4.0 out of 5 stars a fun and interesting story. one I would recommend highly.
This story was full of fun and interesting views of another culture. The characters came to life in the reading.
Published 4 months ago by Christmas Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Indian offering to be savoured - clever and funny!
Although Nisha and Vinita are college graduates and presumably free to do what they want with their lives, nothing is as simple as it should be in India. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jean4
5.0 out of 5 stars tooooo funny
This was a great read. I would find myself not just being amused but laughing out loud. And all of the antics in the book are situations that you could imagine really happening... Read more
Published 5 months ago by karen anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars The most witty, happy, funny, feel-good book I ever read!
This would have to be the only book I have taken the time to write a review about, and rightfully saw. It had me laughing with tears all through. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Swensson E.
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