Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Red Carpet - Book review

The Red CarpetThe Red Carpet by Lavanya Sankaran
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would probably have enjoyed reading this book much more in the year 2005 when it was published as now it read more like an old wives' tale. There was nothing new, no freshness in the writing, characters or the plots. It was all about stereotyped characters in stereotyped situations doing the stereotyped things that was expected of them. Everything was predictable. It felt like eavesdropping on old ladies in Bangalore sitting on the verandah exchanging gossip about their heydays.
On the positive side it did take me down memory lane to times when I used to visit friends in Bangalore and go gallivanting on Brigade Road in the early 80s when Bangalore was always fresh and happening!
So if you want to know what Bangalore was like in the early 2000s or late 1990s do pick up this book. You will love it! But if you have been there done that then forget it.

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