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You know, it isnt often that one can pick up a book and within 3 pages be laughing out loud. Well, if you have never been in love, if you have never felt constrained by life, events, circumstances, family, political situations or religion, if you have never been unhappy and are not exquisitely sensitive, then you probably wont find this book funny or sensitive or clever or charming or romantic, but if you are a real person, this is a dynamic book which should transcend the cultures it depicts (I wonder, do you have to read Dad with an accent to really understand?), which is much better than its title. This is like one of the Roddy Doyle trilogy but based in Croydon and central London, this is a Working Title film to be sure one day full of routemaster buses (except they are no more and in fact the bus described has driver operated doors), this twists and turns like Pi, this is a graceful modern read and you will be angry when its time to turn the light off, or the working day intrudes or the person on the tube next to you moves in alarm at your laughter or heaven Forbid, it comes to its ending because you will want more.
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Beyond Indigo is the third novel by British/Indian author, Preethi Nair. It has also been published under the title The Colour of Love. When 27-year-old Nina Savani finds herself unemployed, her fiancé Jean Michel with another woman, a Guru sexually assaulting her and finally accepting that her best friend Kirelli is dead, she gets engaged. To a prospect the Indian marriage mart in London deems suitable. Her parents are overjoyed, but Nina starts to live a double life, indulging in her life-long dream of painting, the only way she can be true to herself. Somehow things snowball and she finds herself about to get married to a man she doesn't love, organising an art exhibition for a man who doesn't exist, and ensnared in a web of lies. In this novel, Nair touches on arranged marriage, the hype of the art scene, identity and, of course, love. In the mix are a Japanese greengrocer, an Australian artist, a wise Japanese woman ("Hurt, it part of life. Accept it part of life and it easier"), an Indian TV repairman, the Turner Prize, Cilla Black, a banished sister and the Tate Gallery. Nair's plot is original, her dialogue realistic and her characters are easily recognisable. There is humour and heartache, wisdom and wit. This novel has a slightly autobiographical feel as Nina's actions in getting her work recognised bear a strong resemblance to the author's own when publishing her first novel, Gypsy Masala. Enjoyable and moving.