Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes

Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Meet Jana Bibi, a Scottish woman helping to save the small town in India she has grown to call home and the oddball characters she considers family

Janet Laird's life changed the day she inherited her grandfather's house in a faraway Indian hill station. Ignoring her son's arguments to come grow old in their family castle in Scotland, she moves with her chatty parrot, Mr. Ganguly and her loyal housekeeper, Mary, to Hamara Nagar, where local merchants are philosophers, the chief of police is a tyrant, and a bagpipe-playing Gurkha keeps the wild monkeys at bay. Settling in, Jana Bibi (as she comes to be known) meets her colorful local neighbors--Feroze Ali Khan of Royal Tailors, who struggles with his business and family, V.K. Ramachandran, whose Treasure Emporium is bursting at the seams with objects of unknown provenance, and Rambir, editor of the local newspaper, who burns the midnight oil at his printing press. When word gets out that the town is in danger of being drowned by a government dam, Jana is enlisted to help put it on the map. Hoping to attract tourists with promises of good things to come, she stacks her deck of cards, readies her fine-feathered assistant--and Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes is born.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805093490
Branch Call Number: WOO
Characteristics: x, 304, 15 pages ; 21 cm

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Liber_vermis
Mar 12, 2016

This sentimental story is lite reading that addresses universal themes such as parents resisting their children leaving home; development vs. heritage preservation; the clash of cultures and religions; and criminality vs. community self-reliance. If you like this story you will also like "The Number One Ladies Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith.

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chillilog
Feb 15, 2013

This is an interesting story of a women trying to integrate herself into a small village in India. Colourful characters, including her partner, a parrot.

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bobandladyjane1
Sep 05, 2012

An excellent read!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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lsmarkova
Aug 24, 2012

Fun story of a middle-aged Indian woman of Scottish ancestry who re-invents herself in 1950s India, and, not incidentally, help save her town from submersion. Great characters. I look forward to seeing future works.

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