The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami

About the book

In a small, dusty town in India, Sripathi Rao struggles as a copywriter to keep his family afloat in their crumbling ancestral home. But his mother berates him for not becoming a lawyer, his son prefers social protest to work, his unmarried sister seethes with repressed desire, and his wife, though subservient, blames him for refusing to communicate with their daughter Maya, who defied tradition, rejecting her proper Brahmin fiancé for a Caucasian husband. Then a phone call brings tragedy: Maya and her husband have been killed in an accident leaving Sripathi to be their daughter’s guardian. Sripathi reluctantly travels to Vancouver to bring the child back to India. Nandana has not spoken a word since her parents’ death. Terrified, she resists her distant grandfather. Filled with guilt about his daughter but unable to express his feelings, Sripathi finds everything in his life falling apart. But with Nandana’s arrival, his world slowly, unexpectedly, finds new hope.

Reviewed by After Eights reading group:

Opinions ranged but generally enjoyed. Good character development, fascinating insight into Indian family life. Evocative descriptions of place and characters. Moving and uplifting.

Star rating: ***

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4 thoughts on “The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami”

  1. Review by Brats et al Reading Group:
    We all enjoyed this book and some even went as far as to describe it as the best book we have read as a group. The Characters are all beautifully drawn and reflect many aspects of Indian life. The descriptions of the town where Sripathi lives and the lilt of the way people talk make you fell as though you are actually in India. We were sucked into the story and were disappointed when it ended as we felt we wanted to continue on the characters journey.
    Star rating: ****

  2. Review by Brats et al Reading Group:
    We all enjoyed this book and some even went as far as to describe it as the best book we have read as a group. The Characters are all beautifully drawn and reflect many aspects of Indian life. The descriptions of the town where Sripathi lives and the lilt of the way people talk make you fell as though you are actually in India. We were sucked into the story and were disappointed when it ended as we felt we wanted to continue on the characters journey.
    Star rating: ****

  3. Review by Perspectives Reading Group:
    A well written description of Indian life and culture, good characterisation. Engrossing read, enjoyed by most of the group. We all learnt something.
    Star rating: ****

  4. Review by Perspectives Reading Group:
    A well written description of Indian life and culture, good characterisation. Engrossing read, enjoyed by most of the group. We all learnt something.
    Star rating: ****

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