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Reviewed in India on 4 September 2016
A spicy romance, blue ogre lover, a 20-something woman traipse awkwardly and cannot control her mouth and a sister whose life is in tatters. Only Wheat Not White where author Varsha Dixit not only cook but whips a storm in the US of A, the land of limitless possibility.
It’s a golden rule, ‘Only Wheat Not White’ in Eila’s world but everything she plans for, goes topsy-turvy. It’s a tale of complicated lives, where Eila not only finds friendship in the unlikeliest place but, she becomes a match fixer for the White Babe and the Wheat dude at work. Yes, our Eila cannot keep her mouth shut for long. She is mugged, saved by the American brother-in-law and is kissed out of the blue by the ogre. The book has family drama, love, friendship, sensuality and an anti-climax.
What is romance without humor and one-liners? Drab and boorish, you’ll argue and rightly so! Varsha Dixit effortless humor flits in the narration with utmost ease which breaks the monotony but never the flow. Varsha takes you in this world where you can pop in and out for a break through the funniest lines but you can’t stay away for long.
Or, this one which is one of my favorite that makes humor flawless and effortless in execution:
“Then, she stopped and turned around, ‘Food for thought! What’s the similarity between getting laid and laid off!” You need intelligence to steer this line to perfection.
In a nutshell, Only Wheat Not White has everything that can be beautifully adapted on the silver screen where the whole Indian family chip in at the restaurant owned by Bret and it’s narrated with an Indian feel how a community can pull the extraordinary to save the day. Mrs. Das is one such character, who mutters religious verses that echo our own Indian raga to attain Moksha. The book may have been set in US with White not Grey Love but the soul is Indian.
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