Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Pub. Date: October 2004
Priya Rao comes from a traditional Brahmin family. She leaves her country, India to United States to pursue her studies and finds a job in Silicon Valley. She is used to the new lifestyle there, and most important thing is, she is happy and she intends to get settled down with Nick Collins, an American whom she is so in love with.
Now seven years later, she has to return to India because she has run out of excuses and moreover, she needs to break the news to her family that she is engaged to Nick, hoping they will accept her other half and give them all the blessings. But when Priya returns to her home, suddenly she finds the lifestyle seems so foreign to her, although she still have sweet memories of her childhood where she and her brother, Nate will find joy in picking mangoes and catching the mango thief which in the end they find out the culprit is none other than a mischevious monkey.
Priya wants to tell her parents about Nick badly, but she finds it difficult to say so until one day, they arranged her to meet Adarsh, whom her parents think he is one 'nice Indian boy' and she should grab the chance of this meeting. Priya is against about matchmaking, and feels that every marriage should arises from love and definitely not out of convenience or anything. But of course she doesn't have a choice.
Just when Adarsh's family agrees Priya to marry into their family, Priya blurts out the truth and leaving the whole family horrified. The Mango Season is a refreshing read in my opinion; I enjoyed reading all the characters in this story, from Priya right down to her relatives whom each has their own little story to tell. Besides, it is great to learn about the different culture, people and lifestyle which is always an eye-opener to me. Another thing I like about this book is, before the beginning of some chapters it listed one of the traditional recipes which I am sure this will delight to any reader who loves cooking and wants to try something new and exotic.
Now I am sure some of you might be wondering about Priya's 'fate' and if she gets to marry Nick in the end. I am not going to tell, all I can say is it sure did take me a little aback. I will be checking out Amulya Malladi's books in future.