Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors



Award Winning Author Sonali Dev Launches A New Series About The Rajes, An Immigrant Indian Family Descended From Royalty, Who Have Built Their Lives In San FranciscoIt Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged That Only In An Overachieving Indian American Family Can A Genius Daughter Be Considered A Black Sheep.Dr Trisha Raje Is San Francisco S Most Acclaimed Neurosurgeon But That S Not Enough For The Rajes, Her Influential Immigrant Family Who S Achieved Power By Making Its Own Non Negotiable Rules Never Trust An Outsider Never Do Anything To Jeopardize Your Brother S Political Aspirations And Never, Ever, Defy Your FamilyTrisha Is Guilty Of Breaking All Three Rules But Now She Has A Chance To Redeem Herself So Long As She Doesn T Repeat Old Mistakes.Up And Coming Chef DJ Caine Has Known People Like Trisha Before, People Who Judge Him By His Rough Beginnings And Place Pedigree Above Character He Needs The Lucrative Job The Rajes Offer, But He Values His Pride Too Much To Indulge Trisha S Arrogance And Then He Discovers That She S The Only Surgeon Who Can Save His Sister S Life.As The Two Clash, Their Assumptions Crumble Like The Spun Sugar On One Of DJ S Stunning Desserts But Before A Future Can Be Savored There S A Past To Be Reckoned WithA Family Trying To Build Home In A New Land.A Man Who Has Never Felt At Home Anywhere.And A Choice To Be Made Between The Two.Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

Sonali Dev s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai She was eight years old Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and written communication, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites With the advent of her first gr

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  • 10 January 2018
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10 thoughts on “Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

  1. says:

    I thought I had the mental bandwidth to discuss why this book didn t work for me, but I don t I m tired But I want to justify my rating and what I thought was problematic, so major spoilers under the spoiler tag CW rape view spoiler A lot didn t work for me The HIPAA violations and doctor patient confidentiality issues The lack of groveling apologies from Trisha s family, who treated her poorly in many ways These things are subjective Maybe you have a large suspension of disbelief and you don t care about the rules that govern real life doctors Maybe you think that Trisha s family and Trisha came to a good and healthy resolution These things are subjective from reader to reader What I m about to discuss is not Of course we can t stop her, Yash said We can t stop anyone from making films on medical science, or anyone trying to make money to pay for the ridiculous medical bills in our country He cleared his throat And I m pretty certain that the film that we re really worried about was destroyed And the NDA Julia signed was pretty watertight She can t talk about any of it He sounded calm and lawyerly, but there was a thread of strain in his voice Julia Wickham could destroy him and he knew it No one would care that he d been the victim, not in today s climate The worst part was that if he did get justice, if people did believe him, it could set the progress women were making back a hundred years He would never want that No, there was no justice to be had Julia would never be punished for what she d done to him, and he d always have to live in fear of the story coming out Even after he won the election, it would always be there, hanging in his past He had every right to be angry at Trisha, to shut her out Dev, Sonali Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors Kindle Locations 4632 4640 William Morrow Paperbacks Kindle Edition. The context Trisha is the Darcy in this retelling Fifteen years ago, when Trisha was seventeen, her friend Julia Wickham also seventeen years old became obsessed with her 23 year old brother Yash Julia drugged Yash, raped him, and filmed the entire thing She sent it to Yash s girlfriend, hoping that it would break them up Yash s family went after Julia and got rid of the video, making her sign an NDA But they are still afraid of what Julia can do You see, Yash is currently running for the Governor of California If Julia releases a tape or says something, his entire public image would be ruined Yash is a victim He was drugged, raped, and filmed without his consent His family is nervous that a video showing sex with a minor also his intern will ruin his career He has many valid reasons not to go to the police and report his rape he is afraid that no one believe him, he is afraid for his political career, he just wants to forget it ever happened and move on with his life, etc The quoted scene above is from Trisha s point of view Read the scene again Julia Wickham could destroy him and he knew it No one would care that he d been the victim, not in today s climate The worst part was that if he did get justice, if people did believe him, it could set the progress women were making back a hundred years He would never want that 1 Trisha thinks that if her brother, a rape victim, came forward with his story to the public, no one would care that he d been the victim, not in today s climate What climate is this, exactly The climate that would automatically assume that the 23 year old was responsible for initiating sex with a minor The climate that perhaps always believes women at the expense of men Okay, I ll buy this argument for now, since I have no clue what climate she s referring to It could mean anything.2 She then thinks, The worst part was that if he did get justice, if people did believe him, it could set the progress women were making back a hundred years He would never want that I want you to read this again And again And again I want you to read this one time because I must have read it a hundred times in a row I want you to read this because I nearly threw up I will not entertain subjective arguments on whether this is or not okay This is toxic, troubling bullshit It is actively harmful It is egregious in today s MeToo era Listen to me, because I am only going to say this once IF MALE VICTIMS COME FORWARD TO SEEK JUSTICE AND ARE BELIEVED, THEY WILL NOT SET BACK PROGRESS WOMEN WERE MAKING BACK A HUNDRED YEARS.My progress as a woman in today s America WILL NOT be set back if male rape victims get justice and female rapists are punished Are there people who maybe believe this toxic, terrible thing Perhaps But good, ethical fiction should not encourage this belief It will harm male victims It will discourage them from coming forward and seeking justice out of a mistaken belief that they are hurting women s rights Trisha s train of thought is never brought up again This toxic belief is never brought up again It is never challenged by anyone I continued reading because I wanted to see if anyone challenged this belief I was thoroughly disgusted by the entire Wickham plotline, for several reasons unrelated to this one This is not subjective I am not going to entertain but maybe arguments on why you think this is okay I am shocked and disgusted that this paragraph somehow made it through the author, the editor, the early and beta readers, the copy editor, and whoever else produced this book Even if I adored every single other aspect of this book, I would have given this book the lowest rating possible Just for this paragraph I am justified in labeling this as problematic and unacceptable This is a fair critique I frankly don t have the energy to dissect the rest of the book and why it didn t work for me This book made me so angry in many ways, and writing about this one instance was enough hide spoiler

  2. says:

    Now this is the kind of retelling that doesn t make me want to pull my hair out I ve read so many variations of PP and never have I been this satisfied with one Sonali Dev has successfully delivered an awesome, gender swapped retelling of everyone s favourite love story, with exotic Indian flavours and beautifully believable characters Dr.Trisha Raje, the proud and acclaimed Neurosurgeon, is the protagonist and is our female Mr.Darcy, trying to save the world, one brain at a time Darcy James Caine aka DJ Caine, portrayed as the male Lizzy Bennet, is a hot chef with yummy biceps and yummier desserts, who becomes a victim of his own assumptions when he meets our royal Dr.Raje Sparks fly, misunderstandings happen, drama ensues, truth prevails, sparks fly harder this time around and ignites a fire in the lovers loins and yayy happy humping ummm ending That s right HAPPY ENDING The one thing I loved the most about this book was, unlike most retellings that rely heavily on Austen s beloved classic, this book manages to retain its uniquity in sub plots and character developments Be it the hero s backstory, the marital woes of the heroine s sister, the animal farm analogy for her ambitious family, Wickham s wickedness, cultural background of the protagonists or the way racism and classism are dealt with, the author has managed to cultivate Austen s subtle satire and cleverly ingest her own idiosyncrasies to the mix, while offering a stupendous literary feast What a lovely blend of fragrant flavours A must read for PP fans.

  3. says:

    Mostly a 3.5.I had read books by this author before, but long ago that I don t remember much about them However, when I read the synopsis for this one and realized it s a desi retelling of PP, I was just so happy I also loved that this was set in US, because I can relate to diaspora stories these days than those set completely in India And this one both impressed and frustrated the hell out of me Trisha is an accomplished neurosurgeon who takes immense pride in her job but is quite socially inept She also immensely loves her family, but has a lot of guilt for something that she did fifteen years ago which affected her brother Yash and soured her relationship with her father She is compassionate and a problem solver and I loved her relationship with her sister and cousins and her grandmother However, despite working hard to achieve her goals, she has been born to extreme privilege and it shows She also frequently puts her foot in her mouth because she isn t good at talking or expressing her feelings DJ is a chef who has left everything he worked for and is almost bankrupt trying to save his sister suffering from a tumor in her brain He feels almost spiritual about his cooking and takes immense pleasure in seeing people enjoy and appreciate his food He has also suffered a lot in his life, bullied and tormented and left homeless by his own father s family, so he feels very hurt when Trisha makes insensitive comments about him and doesn t see his concerns in tricky situations because of her own privilege That makes him retaliate with his own harsh words Both these characters hurt each other a lot, both knowingly and unknowingly, argue all the time and even though I saw that they were attracted to each other, I didn t completely feel invested in their relationship I just wanted them to stop hating each other Even though they both are good people, I think I wanted to be convinced that they could be great together too, which I didn t get in the book Their getting together felt too much like the end of PP and I don t think that translates well to a contemporary setting The author does a good job bringing the Raje family to life We get to know their history, how the kids have been brought up, their beliefs and values and I think it was all well done The family is very close to each other and I think that reflected on the page The author also shows that despite being good people and working towards the betterment of society, both personally and politically, they all are still creatures of privilege and can be tone deaf and insensitive to other s issues For all their talk about family loyalty, they are all very quick to judge Trisha for her choices and make her feel guilty all the time and I didn t like it Trisha is such an accomplished woman in her thirties but cowers in front of her father, and even though we are taught in our Indian culture to be very respectful of parents, I particularly hate when parents take advantage of this and emotionally manipulate their children which is what happens here Even though everything works out towards the end, I think Trisha should have grown a bit of a backbone and stood up for herself instead of everyone just behaving as if it was all ok now This book is only a loose gender bent retelling of Pride and Prejudice which focuses mostly on the character s pride and prejudices It is a mostly realistic portrayal of different kinds of families and how class privilege can affect the perceptions of people towards others Just don t go into this expecting a lot of romance It is an interesting read and I didn t wanna put it down at all, but I also wanted something from the characters.

  4. says:

    Well, I m a complete sucker for anything P P and I was excited to see how a different take played out Love love loved Trisha and DJ She s smart and maybe a bit awkward He s gruff and sort of a marshmallow Together, she s the Darcy and he s the Elizabeth and I was all over their arguing This entire set of characters is fantastic I loved her crazy large family and his sister The loyalty of the family their dynamic was refreshing to read.Plot wise it was new and comfortable at the same time and the descriptions of the food were mouth watering Of course the slow burn story telling is so effective in a P P story like this and the added conflict with Julia was a bonus I wasn t expecting I seriously loved every aspect Overall, Sonali took a well known story and made it something that is entirely hers I was captivated from the first page and I would love to read from this family Huge thanks to William Morrow for providing the arc free of charge

  5. says:

    I keep going back and forth on the rating This might be 2.5 stars or it might be solidly 3 I can t decide.I ve enjoyed Sonali Dev s romance novels so I was curious what I would think of her women s fiction, particularly one that is Pride And Prejudice inspired And I have to say, my feelings are complicated.As a PP inspired gender bent story, it s inventive and a great update Julia Wickham s character in particular was a great treacherous take This is not a straight retelling and this frees Dev up to make some interesting choices with the characters.The food descriptions are one of the best parts of this story DJ s passion for his work as a chef was just as fascinating as Trisha s response to his creations I also really liked learning about the technology Trisha developed in order to do cutting edge surgeries on tumors I have no idea if it s based on existing technology but I hope so However, the medical plot didn t work for me and that means a good portion of this book didn t work, as Trisha is a surgeon and DJ is her patient Emma s brother There are major HIPAA violations throughout where Trisha readily discloses Emma s medical history, options, and prognosis to her family She even laughs off HIPAA, basically saying her family is exempt, which just no They re not Then there s the matter of Trisha, a health care provider, dating her patient s brother Now there is some gray area here as Trisha s cousin connected DJ to her for the sake of giving Emma medical options Technically they first met at Yash s fundraiser as DJ catered the event Although Emma was already her patient, DJ was never at the hospital when Trisha did her rounds So I can see where the lines are blurred but they never address the possible ramifications of how a relationship could impact Emma s care and I m still pretty sure it would violate Trisha s employer s policies, if not her medical license Look I don t know how many times I need to say this regarding health care provider patient patient family member relationships but they re wrong If you are providing direct care to someone, then there s a good reason to not become romantically or sexually involved with them or their family members It s an ethical violation for good reason and it boils down to relationship imbalance If your health care provider ever tries this with you, please run in the opposite direction because they do not have you or your well being in mind I really need authors to stop with this pairing, unless it s to paint it in a negative light or to show someone grappling with it I will read those books but I cannot handle romanticizing an ethical violation.The other thing that super bothered me about the medical plot was the lack of social work involvement Of course it did I used to be a medical social worker Emma s situation is the perfect reason to involve the hospital social worker I would have been all over helping her process her treatment options and what the loss of her vision would mean for her life and career This was a gross mishandling of her care and it s no wonder she didn t respond well to Trisha or her brother Additionally, the story was filled with ableism, some of which is countered but most is not I was irritated Trisha and DJ wouldn t respect Emma s wishes to not get the surgery if it meant losing her eyesight again pointing to why social work involvement would have helped Patient centered care is paramount and I didn t see it here.The Yash Julia storyline was quite troubling Without spoiling why, I ll say it was a poor understanding of metoo And frankly, it didn t seem like the best way to adapt or update PP Lastly, Trisha s family was quite toxic I found myself willing Trisha to confront them or to at least stop avoiding the issue but she never did, which was quite puzzling as she s very confident and assertive professionally While we can be different people at work vs home, the difference was jarring By the time she did stand up to them, I was rooting for her to just cut them out of her life altogether I wanted better for her And along those lines, the antagonism between her and DJ lasted far too long for my comfort and I could not buy a happy ending for them Like I said, this book was complicated I m still turning over the elements from Pride And Prejudice over in my mind but the rest of it was a struggle.CW view spoiler cancer tumor, ableism, grief, loss, fatshaming, racism including a white cop questioning a POC main character , microaggressions, miscarriage, stroke, reference to past car crash, reference to past rape hide spoiler

  6. says:

    A modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice obviously , set in the Bay Area and featuring the unlikely pairing of world class neurosurgeon Trisha Raje and up and coming master chef DJ Caine, whose initial meeting is fraught with haughtiness and false impressions As it turns out, Trisha is the only doctor offering a cure for DJ s beloved sister s brain tumor, so despite their mutual dislike, the two are forced together again and again I liked that the author didn t follow the PP plotline 100% there are plenty of familiar beats, but the story here stands on its own and isn t shoehorned into unnatural shapes just to make it fit the pattern I also like that it s Trisha who s in the Darcy role here, hiding behind her snobbiness and self image and repelling the very person she finally realizes she wants to attract The story moves quickly, has some key emotional moments, LOTS of mouth watering descriptions of DJ s culinary creations, and definitely succeeds as a love story with plenty of modern twists Quite fun I m hoping Sonali Dev writes in this world

  7. says:

    My craving for a light, diverting read was satisfied by this Pride and Prejudice inspired novel I loved the way Dev played with the roles and made the story her own The food descriptions were amazing how perfect to cast Darcy as a chef A delicious romp.

  8. says:

    3.5 stars

  9. says:

    4.3 starsI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review The truth was, he was right about many things things she could change, like how she treated people He was also wrong about a few things she could not change, like who she was. In this start to the Rajes series, Sonali Dev gives us an emotional look into a royal Indian family that migrated to America The title gives a clue that Ms Dev took inspiration from Jane Austen, Trisha is our arrogant still waters run deep Mr Darcy while DJ is our making some snap judgments Elizabeth There is also a villainous Wickham character, older sister already married worried about her beau wanting someone else, sick younger sister, mother pressuring children to get married, and other little takings that Pride and Prejudice readers will recognize It s all inspired by and not based on and I loved how Dev put her spin on the tale It had been fifteen years Fifteen years since Trisha had been shut out of her brother s political career, the family s most precious dream. The beginning focuses on Trisha, a young brilliant brain surgeon, and the dynamics she has with her family Her family is rather large but I never felt overwhelmed with characters, Dev is amazing at weaving sibling, parent, cousin, and grandparent relationships into the fabric of the story We learn how Trisha feels like an outcast in her family because of how a friendship Julia Wickham ended up hurting her brother Yash, a US District Attorney gearing up to make a run at California Governor I can t even put into words how Dev expertly touches on and relays all those complicated family feelings you ll get sucked in believing the Rajes are a real family and probably personally connect with some of their issues Looks like we re stuck together for the sake of our sisters He pulled the door shut, put the car in gear, and shot off around the looping driveway, watching her disappear in his rearview mirror She didn t look any happier at the prospect than he was. DJ comes into the story with the opposite of a meet cute with Trisha, leaving him to believe she s an arrogant snob He also turns out to be the older brother of Emma, a patient of Trisha s Emma has a brain tumor that other doctors have said is inoperable, but Trisha has developed a way to remove it, however, it would leave Emma, an artist, blind Emma wants to refuse the surgery and DJ is mad that Trisha won t heavily push her They are forced to spend time together when, because of his friendship with one of Trisha s cousins, leads to him catering for her brother Yash s campaign fundraiser Further complicating matters is Trisha s past enemy, Julia, snaking around DJ and Emma My sister is not live tissue But DJ Caine was wrong That s precisely what Emma had to be to her, because Trisha knew exactly what to do with misbehaving live tissue. Trisha is harder to warm up to right away, she is a bit arrogant but Dev deftly draws out her character through showing how she grew up, the dynamics, her guilt, her love for her family, and the very essence of what makes Trisha such a brilliant surgeon Her character is a master class in giving what people need from you while still staying true to your core and finding someone who understands and loves you because and despite it all It takes a little longer to get to DJ but Dev gives him as much depth and breadth to his character as Trisha His background, parent s situation, racial and class divisions, relationship with surrogate mother, and being responsible for Emma at a young age, breath life into his thoughts, feelings, actions, and motivations The romance is all at once the background and motivation for the story, family dynamics steal the show often enough but without those dynamics driving the story, the romance would not flourish and feel as complete the way it does Their relationship is very biting at first but as Dev peels back the layers on Trisha and Dev, it becomes clear how they are talking at cross purposes to each other and you begin to root for these two to clear up misunderstandings and give into what their hearts are trying to tell them As I said earlier, there is no way to touch on all the characters and threads that make this such an enriching full story I don t know if it is a term but this read like literary romance, Dev beautifully began a woven tapestry of the Raje family I ve called Dev a lip quivering author and while the emotions can be quite raw at times, there is always an underlining hopefulness to her writing that makes me believe that love will win in the end I m utterly invested in the Raje family and can t wait for the next in the series.

  10. says:

    Fun Fun FunA gender flipped Pride and Prej retelling with a surgeon Trisha as Mr Darcy and DJ as Elizabeth Bennett.What I loved drama jumping balconies, rom com scenes, flailing in love, girl hates boy trope to fall in love later, rich girl poor boy trope, royal Indian father, ex Bollywood Indian mother, rich family and parties FOOD Well, what do you expect Le Cordeon Bleu chef who specializes in French and North Indian fusion I must say DJ is the total rom com hero and I loved it Well built, good chef, caring, British accent, sarcasm and humour He was too perfect and I definitely didn t care I loved it This isn t your usual retelling So the characters were surprises For eg there s a Jane and Emma in the novel but maybe you might not be able to guess what they are upto in the novel Wickham was brilliant too.What I didn t Some names were so confusing I wish DJ was not named Darcy and also cast as a retold version of Elizabeth While this does not make it confusing, I felt it could ve been omitted for further clarity The first chapter was pretty boring I considered leaving it unfinished Until the tempo picks up, which is when DJ and Trisha meet, it was dull and definitely not captivating I didn t understand why DJ had to be of mixed heritage It felt unnecessary BUT I am hoping there will be adequate backstory in the rest of the series This books is an awesome starting novel for a fun trilogy I hope the rest would be just as funEdit When I re read the last point, I realised it could be interpreted in a wrong way What I mean is not that a mixed heritage character cannot be cast in a book without reason, but that it seemed like something done for a diversity tick, without conviction But still, awesome fun read.

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