Jamba-The Joint Family by Sriram Balasubramanian

JAMBAEbookNew.jpgI received the book Jamba-A joint family by Sriram Balasubrabamian as a review copy from BookR3vi3ws and would like to thank Debdatta for the same. It is the story of a TamBrahm joint family living in Madras.

The blurb (as provided by BookR3vi3ws):

In an age when families are becoming more nuclear, Karthik’s family was an aberration: It was a large joint family with its own complications, contradictions and commonalities. Two love stories and a wedding get intertwined within the family at the same time. One of them could make or break the joint family, will the family survive? Will the love story succeed? Will the younger generation respond to the needs of the family? How will the older generation respond to the changing perceptions of the younger generation? Will the family eco-system survive?

In an India swamped by globalization, this racy and humorous story tries to dissect the generational changes in Indian society and how the Indian society is responding to the changes.

The story:

Karthik, 24, lives with his paternal grandmother, Jamba Patti, in Madras, while his parents live in Dubai. After completing his studies, he wants to be a journalist. Manchester United is his first love.  Jamba patti is his guiding light, he adores her, loves her and cares for her. He is infatuated with Archana, a girl who lives in the same apartment complex as them.

His maternal side of the family is a big joint family, here families, 13 people living on three floors of an ancient house, Vrindavan, in Mylapore in Madras. Anirudh is his mother’s brothers son and they get along well. Laitha’s is Anirudh’s sister and has been close to Karthik since he was 13 and she took care of him in the hospital. Anirudh and Karthik matter to Laitha more than anybody else.

Now Lalitha is getting married and the entire family is coming to Mylapore which includes Karthik’s parents and the American Gang. American Gang is the nickname they use for their aunt’s family from the US, which comprised of their cousins, Neha and Nikhil. Everybody was bowled over by them except Anirudh and Karthik. Karthik has had most fights with Neha right from his childhood.

And to top it all, Neha is in love with Chris, a Christian, which is a no-no in a TamBrahm family and Lalitha’s father-in-law wants to get his younger son to get engaged to Neha, much to her family’s delight.

What will Neha do? Will Lalitha’s wedding be affected? How will they pull through the wedding preparations and the wedding?

My take:

The story has been written in first person, from Karthik’s point of view. The language is simple and the book is fast paced. He has used a lot of Tamil words and has written their translations simultaneously, so it was not difficult for me to understand the story. I loved the Tanglish conversation. The scenes have been described in a way that it was very easy for me to picturise them.

The author has written about the Indian joint family, a family, where everyone is involved in everything and how matters are either solved without a hitch or how things go out of hand.

I loved the book and I am sure anyone who would read it would love it too.



This Review is a part of the Blogger Outreach Program by b00k r3vi3w Tours


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