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The Mango Season

by Amulya Malladi

This is the family reunion from hell. Bitching aunts, unmarried daughters, patriarchal men, sons scared of their parents, an arranged marriage to a suitable boy, enough mango chutney to sink a battleship, and a very unsuitable girl. And the coup de theatre at the end had me laughing out loud.

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The gifts also cannot be bought and dispensed with without drama. Every gift will be analyzed. For example, I cannot give Ammamma a less expensive gift than the one I would give to Neelima. That would offend Ammamma because she was senior to Neelima. Similarly, I cannot buy Lata something more expensive than what I would get my mother. I also cannot buy something so cheap that Lata would be offended.

Parallels

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
 

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