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Kismet: A Desi Rhapsody in London Paperback – November 1, 2015
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Kismet follows the lives of several different characters. The author’s use of gossip and social connections as a means of driving the plot and building up or destroying reputations reminds me of nothing less than an Asian interpretation of certain Jane Austen novels. It is fascinating to read about how the different characters' destinies intertwine and how their fates often hinge on misunderstandings or chance encounters.
Author Darr has so much sensitivity in capturing the essence of each character's personality, dreams, ambitions, memories, insecurities, remorse, etc., from youth through old age with mature wisdom and understanding. Darr’s writing is so insightful and her characters so complex and self-contradictory that the story appears utterly realistic.
A modern Western reader such as myself is soon immersed in the exotic culture and the characters who entrance her. There is mystery here and the need for unraveling. There is also a great deal of romance here, which adds additional intrigue.
The only criticism I have about this book is that it had to come to an end. I wish I could go on reading it forever.
A heart-wrenching tale that leaves you feeling uplifted and a little more aware of what others are facing in this world.
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