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A whose life may depend on herOnce upon a time a nave young college girl fell for a wealthy boy whose primary interests were cricket and womanizing Vinita knew even then that a secret affair with a man whose language and values were different from her own was a mistake He finished with her soon enough leaving her to birth a baby that was stillborn Or so Vinita was toldNow that child is a grown man in desperate need To help her son to know him Vinita must revisit her darkest hours. This is an easy read and is something of a page turner if you're in the right frame of mind That is too tired or sick to read a book that makes you think but want something than sudoku I enjoyed it especially the fact that it was set in a place with which I was somewhat unfamiliar Belgaum Palgaum India It's about a woman who 30 years after giving birth to a still born illegitimate child finds out that her child wasis actually alive If you're thinking that this is a plot that is just right for really irritating terrible writing that's what I was thinking too but the author writes decently It's not high literature but it's entirely readable

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By returning to her battle scarred homeland and pray for the faith of the family she leaves behindPraise for Shobhan Bantwal and her novelsDazzles you with a taste of Desi culture in America Caridad Pieiro New York Times bestselling author on The Sari Shop WidowCompelling and memorable Mary Jo Putney New York Times bestselling author on The Forbidden DaughterVivid richexpertly portrays a young woman caught between love and duty hope and despair Anjali Banerjee on The Dowry Bride. 455 Okay while this was borderline cliche it had a number of things I liked that fell in two categories for one there was a sense of realness in the story line and two the characters were relateable My only problem was the cliffhanger ending Does her son live or not The Prank War battle scarred homeland and pray for the faith of the family she leaves Grammar and Practice with Answer Key behindPraise for Shobhan Bantwal and her novelsDazzles you with a taste of Desi culture in America Caridad Pieiro New York Times Pills and Pacifiers: An Age-Play Medical Fantasy bestselling author on The Sari Shop WidowCompelling and memorable Mary Jo Putney New York Times Felt and Torch on Roofing: A Practical Guide bestselling author on The Forbidden DaughterVivid richexpertly portrays a young woman caught Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa between love and duty hope and despair Anjali Banerjee on The Dowry Bride. 455 Okay while this was King John and Magna Carta: A Ladybird Adventure from History book borderline cliche it had a number of things I liked that fell in two categories for one there was a sense of realness in the story line and two the characters were relateable My only problem was the cliffhanger ending Does her son live or not

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What happens when a woman who's realized her dreams wakes up to a shocking truth Shobhan Bantwal's poignant new novel weaves a captivating tale of one woman's return to India the place where she lost everything and now has everything to gainIt is a morning like any other in suburban New Jersey when Vinita Patil opens the battered envelope postmarked Mumbai But the letter inside turns her comfortable world upside down It tells Vinita an impossible story she has a grown son in Indi. I really enjoyed this story Vinita is an Indian teenager who becomes involved with a high school cassanova When Vinita becomes pregnant her parents and brother arrange for Vinita to give birth to her child far away from home An unattached Indian pregnant woman is not acceptable; In fact an entire family will be shamed for life When Vinita wakes up from her C Section she is told that her son diedVinita is lucky to marry an Indian divorced man who was living in the United States Girish and Vinita have a loving relationship They have a child together who grows into a beautiful and extremely intelligent young woman One day Vinita receives some mail from an anonymous sender that her son is alive and he has acute leukemia Vinita's life is turned upside down when she leaves her husband and her daughter to go back to India with the intent of giving her son now a brilliant chemistry professor a bone marrow transplant which might save his lifeThis novel not only depicts Vinita's family life story but the warring between two ethnic groups in her home town in India Vinita belongs to one group the man who impregnates her belongs to the other group Family tensions and group tensions continue to mount throughout the story I read this in three days; I was aching to know how it would end Miotła i krzyż. Kultura sprzątania w dawnej Holandii, albo historia pewnej obsesji battered envelope postmarked Mumbai But the letter inside turns her comfortable world upside down It tells Vinita an impossible story she has a grown son in Indi. I really enjoyed this story Vinita is an Indian teenager who Pulse becomes involved with a high school cassanova When Vinita Hasidism: A New History becomes pregnant her parents and The Hanging Tree (English Edition) brother arrange for Vinita to give W cieniu prawa / Czarna Madonna / Świt, który nie nadejdzie birth to her child far away from home An unattached Indian pregnant woman is not acceptable; In fact an entire family will Ajax the Warrior be shamed for life When Vinita wakes up from her C Section she is told that her son diedVinita is lucky to marry an Indian divorced man who was living in the United States Girish and Vinita have a loving relationship They have a child together who grows into a Becoming Victoria beautiful and extremely intelligent young woman One day Vinita receives some mail from an anonymous sender that her son is alive and he has acute leukemia Vinita's life is turned upside down when she leaves her husband and her daughter to go The Picture of Dorian Gray back to India with the intent of giving her son now a Karatay Diyetiyle Beslenme Tuzaklarından Kurtuluş Rehberi brilliant chemistry professor a Afterlife bone marrow transplant which might save his lifeThis novel not only depicts Vinita's family life story Estructura Economica Mundial (Spanish Edition) but the warring ほんと野獣 7 [Honto Yajuu 7] between two ethnic groups in her home town in India Vinita Chopin: Mazurkas for the Piano, Complete, Alfred Masterwork Edition, Practical Performing Edition belongs to one group the man who impregnates her Scalped, Vol. 6: The Gnawing belongs to the other group Family tensions and group tensions continue to mount throughout the story I read this in three days; I was aching to know how it would end


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  1. says:

    The Unexpected Son due to be released in August 2010 delves deeply into the Indian HIndu culture In this her fourth novel Bantwal takes us to Palgaum perhaps a town based on Belguam her hometownUnlike the previous books in The Unexpected Son the reader learns about politics and prejudice in India In the town of Palgaum rival cultures battle for power causing riots mayhem and real danger to the citizens of the town Each group the Kannada and the Marathi believe that the town should belong to Karnataka and Maharashtra respectively The two groups boast different cultures and languages and true enmity exists between themThis is the backdrop for a one sided Romeo and Juliet where only Juliet is in love Vinita an admittedly plain girl falls for the playboy and gets pregnant In India in the 70's this is unheard of Vinita refuses to have an abortion has the baby loses the baby and end up married in AmericaHowever after thirty happy years of marriage Vinita gets a shock the son she thought was dead is alive but needs her help She must return to India to resolve what was begun when she was a naive teenager Will her husband understand? Will she be able to save her newly found son's life?Bantwal tells the story in two time periods the present and the 1970's What happened to Vinita when she was nineteen and how those experiences now impact her life are the center of the story Bantwal is able to seamlessly weave the two tales together and keep the reader enthralled There are subtle clues which foreshadow events for the perceptive reader but most of all there is the message this author loves to write about the importance of familyAs in her other books Bantwal shows that she loves to teach us about India its culture religion and people and in such a delightful book we enjoy the learningVisit Shobhan Bantwal's website for information about her three previous books and biographical information Mrs Bantwal knows a lot about India and arranged marriages She lived in India until she came to the United States through an arranged marriageAny of her books are great choices for a book club


  2. says:

    I really enjoyed this story Vinita is an Indian teenager who becomes involved with a high school cassanova When Vinita becomes pregnant her parents and brother arrange for Vinita to give birth to her child far away from home An unattached Indian pregnant woman is not acceptable; In fact an entire family will be shamed for life When Vinita wakes up from her C Section she is told that her son diedVinita is lucky to marry an Indian divorced man who was living in the United States Girish and Vinita have a loving relationship They have a child together who grows into a beautiful and extremely intelligent young woman One day Vinita receives some mail from an anonymous sender that her son is alive and he has acute leukemia Vinita's life is turned upside down when she leaves her husband and her daughter to go back to India with the intent of giving her son now a brilliant chemistry professor a bone marrow transplant which might save his lifeThis novel not only depicts Vinita's family life story but the warring between two ethnic groups in her home town in India Vinita belongs to one group the man who impregnates her belongs to the other group Family tensions and group tensions continue to mount throughout the story I read this in three days; I was aching to know how it would end


  3. says:

    So this book was okay I liked the basic story I wouldn't recommend against reading the book But I wouldn't get all excited recommending the book to anyone either I am not a fan of the end of the book It felt unfinished It needed an epilogue or all of the main characters coming together Instead it felt a chapter short And the uality of the writing while not bad wasn't exactly good either Right now I'm reading a Thrity Umrigar sp? book and you can immediately feel the difference in the uality of the writing Thrity's writing flows Bantwal's writing instead it has lots of details but it feels like with a college paper where you're supposed to add detail and atmosphere and feeling and so you add a lot of adjectives and so it's all there But does it flow? Is it smooth? Not if you're not a talented writer You know how some people are just BORN to be writers and others just want to write a book? I think this author wriote a decent book but she wasn't BORN to be a writer So if the storyline appeals to you go ahed and read it that's what I did But moving on to a better writer I am enjoying the next book that much


  4. says:

    Novel reviewThis report I am writing is for Ms Orona my English IV teacher The book I am currently reading is “The Unexpected Son” by Shobhan Bantwal This book is 326 pages long and its publishers are the Kensington Publishing Corp I decided to read this book because I have always liked to read stories that are from other countries because the authors of such books have a different perspective of things than authors of my home place due to the fact that they grew up in an entirely different culture than the one I'm used to I mostly just like reading books of cultures other than mine I also decided to read this book because it had won the “National Indie Excellence Award” for best multicultural fictionThe main character of this book is Vinita ShelkePatil Vinita is important in this book because the decision she makes not only affects her schooling life and future but also threatens to destroy her family’s reputation according to Indian customsSom kori guy in college who Vinita gets involved with and damps Vinita as soon he learns that she is pregnant He suggests that Vinita should abort the baby Vishal Shelke is Vinita’s brother who acts upon her discretion and decides to give his sister’s son up for adoption He helps Vinita throughout her phase and supports her even when she finally puts herself to revisit her darkest times Very protective of his sister Sarla Shelke Vinita’s mother who supports her during the pregnancy Also knew about Vishal’s plan for the baby Girish Patil Vinita's husband formerly divorced very supportive of Vinita and their daughter Girish distances himself from Vinita after learning that she hadn't trusted him with her teenage recklessness when she got involved with “the popular guy” at school He feels disappointed by the whole situation since he was so honest to Vinita about himself Arya Patil Vinita and Girish’s daughter Arya does the opposite of what her father does she categorizes her mother's indiscretions as mistakes made by a teenvulnerable stageThe Unexpected Son is based in Palgaum India and some of it is based in New Jersey USA This novel was written in the 20th century Vinita’s encounters with Som “college boyfriend” mostly took place at the coffee shop Other places that are significant in this novel would be the hospital because that’s where all matters concerning Vinita’s pregnancy were taken care of including the baby’s adoption decision Some parts of this book were scary due to the rivalry between marathi and kannada tribes some people are intentionally beaten to death for merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time But the novel in general has an emotional appeal to it with the discovery of Vinita’s pregnancy her learning from her relatives that the baby died during birth and when she actually finds out that her son is in fact alive and sick at the same time Vinita goes back to India in hopes of being a possible marrow donor to Rohit her alive son The book ends with Vinita not being a possible donor and her brother Vishal donates his marrow without telling anyoneexcept his wife he was going to do so Som is reported to have had an accident and died Prior to his death Barve had an accident whereby most of his supporters and followers assumed that it really wasn't an accident Vinita ends up blaming herself for all of this chaosMy final thoughts on “the unexpected son” are that it's an engaging book and at the same time very dramatic I liked the book in that it clearly stated what the entire topic of the novel was to be a mistake that cost many I didn't really like the too much drama that the novel contained The recurring theme of the novel is consistent throughout I think there are just too many skips in paragraphs that shouldn't really have them in that the author is still talking about the same thing from the previous paragraph I feel like I learnt that being a strong women in a very “man” viewed world is difficult but at the same time it's not worth it when we let other people control us and our decisions I would recommend this book to many people because it deals with how we can solve our problems no matter how embarrassing and unfriendly our past may seem


  5. says:

    Shobhan is such a wonderful storyteller She creates amazingly realistic characters wonderful rich complicated stories that touch the reader in so many ways The Unexpected Son does not disappoint on any of these levels The story is rich with Indian culture the voice of a young girls heart and a mothers sense of dutyOh the foolishness of youth But oh what a wonderful story Imagine holding onto a secret for 30 years only to find out you were not the only one holding onto a secret When Vinita Patil receives a letter from Mumbai little does she realize that her world will never be the same Vinita is such a wonderful character She is such a strong independent woman torn between her modern sensibilities and the traditions of her upbringing The story follows her from a serious young 19 year old college girl who has little time for boys Her studies are important to her in order to break free from the traditional views of a woman's place in her society and in order to honor her family with good grades But then there's this boy He's a bad boy and he slowly seduces Vinita with his attentions and sweet talk and then you guessed it something happens Vinita is pregnant unwed dumped and an emotional wreck The men in her family decide what to do which is to whisk her away to Bombay where no one will know her keeping the family honor and where she is told by her family that her baby was born stillborn If the story were only one of a son showing up on a birth mother's doorstep unexpected it would be a good story But in the hands a Shobhan Bantwal you can expect so much And it all starts with that mysterious letterWith the skills of Shobhan Bantwal's writing we experience the culture of India through the eyes and ears of Vinita Patil The traditional place of women family honor dating marriage The shame that Vinita carries through out her life is tempered by her happy marriage to her modern Indian husband their courtship was a wonderful part of the story and daughter but the happiness she finds there will be shaken with the news of a son The relationships between the members of Vinita's family are rich and complex and as family secrets are revealed Vinita's strength of character shines throughI really enjoyed this book The characters came alive off the pages the story captured my attention and I loved the traditional Indian culture that served as the core of the story and as the basis for the relationships between the family members There is a wealth of book to discuss here and it would definitely make a perfect reading group selection Readers who enjoy stories that deal with traditional cultural values will want to put this on their TBR list but anyone who enjoys a great story with a strong female lead character will want to too I couldn't help myself and read it in one sitting


  6. says:

    This is an easy read and is something of a page turner if you're in the right frame of mind That is too tired or sick to read a book that makes you think but want something than sudoku I enjoyed it especially the fact that it was set in a place with which I was somewhat unfamiliar Belgaum Palgaum India It's about a woman who 30 years after giving birth to a still born illegitimate child finds out that her child wasis actually alive If you're thinking that this is a plot that is just right for really irritating terrible writing that's what I was thinking too but the author writes decently It's not high literature but it's entirely readable


  7. says:

    455 Okay while this was borderline cliche it had a number of things I liked that fell in two categories for one there was a sense of realness in the story line and two the characters were relateable My only problem was the cliffhanger ending Does her son live or not?


  8. says:

    Name of the book The Unexpected SonAuthor Shobhan BantwalPublisher Finger PrintNo of pages 328Genre Fiction Blurb of the bookOn a sunny April morning in West Windsor New Jersey Vinita Patil wakes up to find an envelope from Mumbai in her mail The anonymous missive inside it claims that her son is dying of leukaemia and that his survival may depend on her This confounds Vinita She has been living with her husband and daughter for twenty five years in America She has no son or does sheOnce upon a time in a small town in India a middle class girl fell in love with an upper class playboy from her college The torrid affair inevitably ended in a catastrophe that turned her world upside downNow as transgressions from her past threaten to rattle her cozy suburban dream Vinita must leave behind a family whose faith in her has been shaken and return to her hometown in India that's on the brink of bedlamAmidst this turmoil will Vinita be able to salvage her marriage? or will secrets from the past wreck her world forever? Find out in this riveting tale of one woman's emotional journey back home to make amends for blunders made in her youth About the AuthorShobhan Bantwal is the author of six novels and two anthologies Her books combine contemporary women's issues with romantic elements Her articles have appeared in The Writer Romantic Times India Abroad Little India New Woman and India Currents Her short fiction has won honours and awards in contests sponsored by Writer's Digest New York Stories and New Woman magazines Her debut book The Dowry Bride won the 2008 Golden Leaf Award The Unexpected Son won the 2012 National Indie Excellence Award Shobhan lives in Arizona USAReview my viewCover page The cover page of the book is lovely with a lady engrossed in her thoughts gives a clear picture of the protagonist of the story Vinita I found the cover page of the book uite interesting apt for the story Narration the narration of this book is its strongest point The story has nothing so novel but the way it has been narrated by the author will make you hooked to the book till it ends I truly enjoyed the ups and downs faced by Vinita and life gives her twists and turens It was beautifully narrated I recommend this book to all the fiction lovers I am sure the reader will enjoy the story and roller coaster ride of Vinita's life Overall rating is If you are a fiction lover then do check this book


  9. says:

    It is a morning like any other in suburban New Jersey when Vinita Patil opens the bettered envelope marked Mumbai But the letter inside turns her comfortable world upside down It tells Vinita an impossible story she has grown son in India whose life may depend on herOnce upon a time a naive young college girl fell in love with a wealthy boy whose primary interests were cricket and womanizing Vinita knew even then that a secret affair with a man whose language and values were different from her own was a mistake He finished with her soon enough leaving her to birth a boy that was stillborn Or so Vinita was toldNow that child is a grown man in desperate need To help her son to know him Vinita must revisit her darkest hours by returning to her battle scarred homeland and pray for the faith of the family she leaves behindThis story portrays a young woman caught between love and duty hope and despair


  10. says:

    I thought this was a sensitive treatment of adoption and the cultural assumptions around shame family honor and reproductive choice for an unwed girl in 1970s India The story started off like a Preti Zinta film but I really like what Bantwal did with the 30 year flash forward There are no pat answers and no easy sense of closure I would give this book a 35 I will probably read it a second time and I'm waiting to see if it stands up to a second reading


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