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)


PAST BOOK CLUBS

HIM, ME, MUHAMMAD ALI
BY RANDA JARRAR
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 HUNDRED SECRET SENSES
BY AMY TAN

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.

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.


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