ICC Book Club

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event End Date: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 8:30pm
Event Location: 
India Community Center, 525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA 95035


The next meeting of the ICC Book Club is on Wednesday, May 31, 2017  from 7 PM to 8;30 PM in the ICC Board Room.    
The book selected is Akhil Sharma's "Family Life:  A Novel". The New York Times listed it as among the top 5 works of fiction in 2014.
The March  book club meeting was very well-attended, and discussions, as always, were lively and high-spirited. Who knew that  Randa Jarrar, a little-known Arab-American author who held nothing back in the language she used and the situations she threw her characters into, could generate so much passion among the members? Most of us came in with somewhat negative views of the author, and 90 minutes later, left feeling that  she was maybe  more imaginative, funny  and complex than we had originally thought.  On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), the lowest score was 4 and the highest was 8.
Two books, with connections to two of our members, were briefly discussed.   Archana Asthana gave a plug for "With Love for God"  written by her friend, Sohini Rajpal. Karen Vasudev brought a copy of  "Vibrant India", a cook book compiled by her niece Chita Agrawal  with illustrations  by Karen  herself. 
We are looking forward to another fun meeting on May 31
For questions or more details, contact Sheila Mohan (cell phone:  408-839-5405; email:  sheilamohan1616@gmail.com)






Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6 PM

The next meeting of the ICC Book Club will take place  on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6 PM, and the book selected for discussion is Randa Jarrar's "Him, Me, Muhammad Ali".  It is a short story collection, only the second one we have discussed so far.   (Bharati Mukherjee's "The Middleman and Other Stories" was our first).   
The exciting feature in March will be the participation of the author Randa Jarrar via SKYPE or Face Time. 
It should be fun to see how the discussion goes.  One  suggestion is for each of us to talk about our favorite story in the collection, and see if  and how it connects with the other stories.   Other suggestions to steer the discussion  are welcome. 
For those of you who did not attend the January meeting,  I have to tell you it was quite a challenge to wrap up the meeting on time!  As expected, the politics of the day  kept intruding on the discussion.  While some of you said that Kwan's narrative  felt intrusive and contrived, there were others who appreciated Amy Tan's good humor, as well as the  unique characterization of Kwan.  Still, whatever the reason,  all of us had a lot to say.  Ratings ranged from a low of 2.5 to 7. 



The November book club meeting was, as usual, filled with high energyand laughter. Very strong opinions and a thorough dislike for the book selected, Karan Mahajan's "Family Planning". All of us, with no exceptions, felt the book was silly and absurd, with no interesting characters or situations.   The only redeeming features were  a few lines of humorous narrative sprinkled here and there, and the relative brevity of the novel.


Amy Tan's "The Hundred Secret Senses"

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The first book club meeting of 2017 takes place on Wednesday, January  25 at 6 PM.   Please note the change in start time - this is to accommodate those of you who have been experiencing  traffic problems.




Wednesday, November 16, 2016  

Our next  book club meeting is on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.   Because of the Thanksgiving holidays, we will be meeting one week earlier than usual.   The book selected for the November meeting is Karan Mahajan's  "Family Planning: A Novel".  

Mr. Mahajan has been making the literary news lately because his latest book was long-listed for the Booker Prize  and in one of the finalists for the National Book Award.   The book selected for our book club is an earlier work, and has been commended for its humor.   



                                      September 28th, 2016

The ICC Book Club will meet next on September 28, 2016 at 7 pm. The book selected for discussion is :  Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera.  We are expecting the author to attend the book club meeting in person or via Facetime

The questions will be submitted to Ms Munaweera two weeks before the meeting, so that the discussion can be centered on the book and on her comments. It would be helpful  if you could send us any questions that you think are relevant and interesting. The draft of the questions/discussion points will be sent to you in advance before sending it to the author. 

The July 2016 book selection, Kamila Shamsie's "Kartography"  was rated in the middle range (5/6) by members. Most felt that while the book did shed new light on how the Bangaladesh war affected the lives of ordinary Pakistanis at many different levels, we didn't really get to know the characters or understand why they did what they did. 

Looking forward to another good debate in September! 

For further information call:  408-839-5405. 


"Such A Long Journey" by Rohinton Mistry

Are you a bookworm? Do you want to be part of a group that has like-minded people who love to read and discuss your kind of books. Do you want to launch into enthralling plotline debates, argue about your favorite authors and use the book club forum to tell other readers which parts made you laugh and cry, which parts made you angry, and why the book is a must-read?

Come join ICC’s book club – we will meet once every 2 months, talk about a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction, and maybe flavor the evening with spicy snacks and pungent arguments. 

The book club will be having their reading on January 22nd. The book selected is "Such A Long Journey" by Rohinton Mistry

If you have any questions or need further information please email us at  sheilamohan1616@gmail.com

 Free Event but please Register here! All are welcome.