#bookreview These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach published by Vintage Books


Enticed by advertisements for a luxury retirement home in India, a group of strangers leave England to begin a new life. 

On arrival, however, they discover the palace is a shell of its former self, the staff are more than a little eccentric and the days of the Raj appear to be long gone. 

But, as they soon discover, life and love can begin again, even in the most unexpected circumstances

My reading experience:

A scarily real insight into being elderly in Britain and a humorous look into why some folk might choose to go to a “Hotel” in India to live their twilight years.

It seems to the reader that Ravi Kapoor is overworked, under-respected and has zero homelife. He is completely fed up. The most British thing he does is to set up this business just to be rid of his onerous father in law rather than out of a real compassion and duty of care to his patient demographic. In part one the reader is given the outline of how “Dunroamin” comes to be before delving into part two and the realities of their new lives in a new country.

A rather sweet and sanitized little ditty about living out your time in a different way. The movie is now many years old with a sequel which reveals the charm and appeal of this tale.

Themes: old age, healthcare, Indian culture


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