Love Thy Neighbor eNo idea who this characterven is Her breaking up with 11 the whole marriage thing IDK maybe it would have seemed less like whole marriage thing IDK maybe it would have seemed less like field forced drama if Jaya had actually been preoccupied with duty and family during the book But she wasn t or it wasn t communicated well nough Her story was so unsatisfying And maybe that was the point but it was badly written to boot There s so much fat hate in this book Jesus Christ Kulsama s
Story Was The Biggest was the biggest because it was the one I xpected to go somewhere After her mid book revelation after taking part in the riot after that conversation where she called Jaya on her bullshit nothing happens Except what does happen Which bowled me over in the worst way I could have sworn that she was going to turn into a revolutionary gay anarchist Not thisI m sorry dead lesbians and unhappy lesbians are old played out and boring No thanksRIP to the good book that this could have been I guess But wow was it bad hide spoiler I can t help but feel I wasn t the target audience for this book Which kinda made reading it feel like trespassing And I happen to count myself amongst the countless nonce s materbating about post colonialism and identity crises and multiculturalism and diasporas in their middle class drone and painfully flowery theses p19 I mean I am a post colonial scholar IRL and I grew up in South London and loved gup shup with mates from school before seeing them wipe off their yeliner and lowering their skirt before getting home blushing furiously when they bumped into yet another Aunty Ji in the paper shop or park But this book was very much for that second generation community and not for the likes of meAs anyone who follows my twitter or has read my reviews before will know I m no stranger to the gay scene ither But The Sitar s Gay sian population was also segregated from the white gay scene with all of the women in it fatally accepting that one day they will give up same sex relationships to be good wives and daughters Even in her description of the rite of passage moment of getting one s Hoosh Idris makes it clear that she will not define the term as it would lose it s power if translated so basically if you don t know what it means already then this book is not for you So it s really hard to write a review of it as I feel hugely like a trespasserAs a bisexual woman the fate of these vibrant young woman resigned to marry men was proper heartbreaking I was in tears at the Crazy Love (Steele Street, end and the fate of Jaya And Kully s was almost Woolfian in it s uiet pathos almost as if she slipped away with the tideThe characters in this book areach completely isolated Despite the constant so. Smelly back alleys of London's gay Soho to seek out other Gaysians Through the jungle of Bollywood drag ueens unreuited clumsy love and stark choices between the uran or The Pink Paper the group of gi. ,
Brilliant but not for the faint hearted A poignant beautifully written look at race culture sexuality poverty social marginalisation and love Full review here Great summer reading for me A page turner
sometimes funny about the gaysian community of LGBT Bangladeshi Pakistani and Indian immigrants in England mostly about the lesbiansMore typos than the average book but as far as I can tell this book Was Published As An E Book Only So Perhaps It published as an book only so perhaps it t get as much diting as a printed book I hope Rebecca Idris continues "to write At the beginning of the book I found the story slightly "write At the beginning of the book I found the story slightly to follow However I stuck with it and was very glad I did This book was in no way an asy read laugh a minute East is East it is not it introduces the reader to some very difficult issues that the gaysain community have face And yet I was not able to put the book down Rebecca Idris descriptive narrative was a joy in itself she has uite a turn of phrase I come away from the book with plenty to think about but I am glad that I read it Egh There s a good book somewhere in the midst of this but it s lost in bad actually absent proof reading overly long overwrought passages about nothing conflicting ideas on the heels of what came before characters making decisionsabout faces based on NOTHING and just general badnessNot that there s NOTHING good about the book It follows a group of British Muslims navigating life and love in London My favourite parts were honestly just the descriptions of life as part of the diaspora that was when characters felt like they actually had voices and you could see just how much of this was personal for the author It made me want to learn about lassi lesbians and culture But I didn t get that I got whatever this book wasview spoiler Ruby s internalised racism was ugly and awful and painful to read and I hoped that she would change her views but the way in which it happened was such a cop out Really Jaya happens to glance her way and that s it The clouds part and verything is clear and she realises she was wrong Please There s a passage soon after along the lines of actually it s VERY possible to change your ways in a split second and it read like the author trying to make Canvas: The Program Book 1 excuses for her bad writing Also Ruby musing that Paul probably isn t as racist as he seems because he deigned to touch a brown girl Uhhhh I think you re giving racists too much credit They can fuck us and still hate us Jaya s story line felt like it was going somewhere but then it just didn t Yeah she touched the lives ofveryone in the book she miraculously made Ruby not racist she unwittingly stopped Asif s bombing Kulsama s in love with her but I have. From the bowels of middle class England bona fide Brit Muslim lesbian Jaya Chakarbatti belies her mild mannerisms and leads her group of Lassi Lesbians from their urban Midland terraced houses to the.sad sometimes funny
Read The SitarCial commentary and fond British Asian pop
Culture References There Is No Solidarity Toreferences there is no solidarity to found In This Book Not Even this book Not ven Essentialism in the face of an almost terror attack Ruby hates Indians the white supremacist is ambivalent about them the Bangladeshi lesbian is alienated from the Bengali lesbian the single minded ferver of the jihadis is halted in the face of someone they actually knowThis seems to be a novel of
slow death the suffocation of the self in a restrictive culture Or maybe I m well off as unlike God ofdeath the suffocation of the self in a restrictive culture Or maybe I m well off as unlike God of Things or Midnight s Children or Brick Lane this British Asian novel is not about the human xperience as well as specifically the post colonial one Nor it is a book about being gay and indeed the human Where the Forest Meets the Stars experiencessentialism many novels with this subject Spike, the Black Wolf espouse The Sitar rather made me as a reader feel as alienated from the characters and culture as they were fromach other Or maybe that was the pointRating 710 don t read it hoping for East is EastReviewed by Vikki Heaven Escapology Reviews Original story but the writing style made it painful to read The author refuses to use just one word when she can use 20 instead and it came across as a little pretentious It could have been a great book as it has an original story and fresh perspectives but the style of writing and failure to tie things up neatly at the nd let it down in fact the nd felt like the author was rushing to finish the book instead of dealing with Two-Minute Mysteries each characters story and providing proper closure I really wanted to like this book as it was the first and only of it s kind that I ve managed to find and read It s a little overly dramatic with the author seemingly trying to fit inverything the gay Asian scene in the UK racism and issues with Islamic The Most Important Stories of the Bible extremism I could have forgiven that had the story been held together by the writing But it wasn t and I really just feel the author needs a goodditor Side note descriptions of the UK immigrant life in the UK were good but descriptions of Bangladesh could do w A hard to follow confusing stream of consciousness kind of book More a chunk of life than a story with a beginning middle and Parallel Apocrypha end which made it fairly unsatisfying That s it REALLY I m so disappointed with this novel Bad writing style too many metaphors confusing and sometimes contradicting ideals a really annoying protagonist who s impossible tompathize with the worst nding I could ver imagine and the general feeling that I ve just wasted hours of my life reading this crapI was Das verlorene Symbol (Robert Langdon, expecting to learn about the lassi lesbian culture and ideals but it was just a confusing mumbo jumbo of homosexuals and tradition problems Sorry but this was a flop. Rls take a snap shot of modern urban Britain amidst riots religious tensions and social discontent beforending up somehow in the heat of sweaty uncomfortably straight but shamelessly camp Bangladesh.