Dienstag, 5. Januar 2010

reading diary: part three (short summaries)

part three: India

Chapter Sixteen

Manny arrives in Delhi and the heat is unimagible. It is about thirty degrees and they all sweat a lot. His family takes the bus to travel to the Punjab and Manny exposes the first lie of his dad. Later they pick a taxi to drive to his father´s hometown.

Chapter Seventeen

Manny describes the village as they arrive. He mentions the poor family´s houses and the ones from the richer families. When they arrive at their house, his whole family greets him and he and his family relaxes in the house. Because the rest of the family only speaks Punjabi, Manny misses a lot what they say, but he don´t care.

Chapter Eighteen

Manny got to know all the members of his family and tastes his first Indian cigarette. He is convinced that he isn´t about to be left in India by anyone, no way. He experiences that also bad people, druggies and whores, live in the village and starts thinking about home and Ady and Lisa.

Chapter Nineteen

Ranjit and his wife have to return to Leicester two weeks earlier because he has to work. After he spend six weeks in India, Manny feels homesick. He thinks about his future days and his father tells him that their tickets had been stolen so that they are stuck there. His dad and wife and his uncle go to sort it out and Bilhar and his wife go to see their family in Phagwara.

Chapter Twenty

Manny is nearly alone in the house so he is happy to be able to do what he wants. He is talking about his live with his new friend Interjit and makes a trip to Anandpur, because of he notices that only his suitcase is in the storage room.

Chapter Twenty-one

Manny realizes that his family had tricked him. They had gone back to Leicester and left him back in India. Manny is really exhausted and cries. He construckts his own little private area with a hammock between to trees. Afterwards he has a discussion with Mohan, who works for the family. He receives a letter from Jas, in which is written that the wedding is set and that his friends had tried to contact him. Because of the letter he thinks about Lisa and Ady. Later in the day he meets his youngest uncle Jag, who is kind of repudiated.

Chapter Twenty-two

Jag is the black sheep of the family, he spends a lot of time in Australia and other places, travelling and working. Manny needs to write to Ady to get all of his feelings of his chest but he isn´t allowed to writing or phoning anybody so he is depressed. While shouting at Uncle Piara, Jag defends Manny, who comes in and passes away because of a sunstroke. After that he has a nice conversation with Jag.

Chapter Twenty-tree

Uncle Jag tells Manny about his life and that he had left the village to go to school. He corrects the statements Manny had heard about him. In return Manny tells him about his life and all his problems. Jag proposes to make a plan how Manny could escape from India so Manny believes that his life is his own again.

Chapter Twenty-four
August/ September

They manage to get Manny´s passport and Mohan helps them with the arrangements. Manny has to make paratha and pick something up for Jag, everything a part of his master plan.

Chapter Twenty-fife

Manny waits for Mohan with the mysterious package and gets all his things together in a sack with kindling to hide them. As a thanks he gives his camera to Mohan, who is really thankful. At his last day Manny pays closer attention to everything and carries the sacks to the haveli. Then they discuss the next steps of the plan.

Chapter Twenty-six

Manny and Jag prepare the parathas and Manny sorts the children out to eat something different. After breakfast they hurry to a car and drive to Delhi.

Chapter Twenty-seven

Jag tells Manny that he mixed weed into the parathas so they wont notice their escape before midday. A bad surprise is that the next flight will be the next day at night, so they have to take a room at the metro.

Chapter Twenty-eight

Uncle Jag and Manny talk a lot and swap addresses and as Manny arrives at home his father punches him full in the face.

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