Review : A bird in a banyan tree by Bina ramani

imagesUnlike other readers I was not expecting too many pages on jassica lal case. I was looking forward to an inside story of bina ramani’s life which is beautifully expressed in the book. Right from her family coming to Bombay as refugees after the partition, moving to Delhi for higher education, her affair with shammi kapoor then shifting to London and moving to US after marriage which really didn’t work,her emphatic writing style has turned the book into a literary piece.
As you turn down the pages you will find big names mentioned in the book that have played a significant role in her life. Though the book is kind of slow in places but I loved the way she has expressed her attraction with the ocean and sea waves and the reason for the title
‘A bird in a banyan tree’.
Bina ramani who has worked with Taj group been a socialite, restaurant owner, fashion designer, social worker, apart from all this she has a darker side to it. Born and brought up in a rich and happy family she still had to struggle to achieve her dreams. After giving up on what she actually wanted to do many times , it took her many years to stand up for herself against her family with such hardbound mentality. Also I saw jassica lal murder case through a different angle and how negatively she has been portrayed in the movie ‘no one killed Jessica’. Author crosses every hurdle that comes her way and how these obstacles have shaped her are mentioned in some of the the last chapters of the book. All in all a good book indeed.