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The Windfall Reader’s Guide

By Diksha Basu

The Windfall by Diksha Basu

READERS GUIDE

1) The Windfall deals with the idea of home and what it means to build a home. What does that idea mean to you? How do you define home?

2) While The Windfall is set in New Delhi, a lot of the themes it explores are universal. How do you see the main themes translating to your part of the world?

3) Mrs. Ray thinks a lot about the similarities between arranged marriage and online dating – both work with algorithms to test the compatibility of two people. Do you think that’s a good way to look for love? What do you think is the most effective way to find a partner?

4) Rupak is navigating life in two countries – the USA and India. Patriotism is an emotion that is expected of us but what does patriotism mean to you? How do the defined borders of where you were born vs. where you choose to live define your sense of self?

5) Neighbors play an interesting, intimate role in our lives. In cities we often share common spaces and even outside cities, we get glimpses into each others’ lives. What is your relationship with your neighbors like? How similar and different are you from someone who might live mere feet away from you?

6) Mrs. Ray and Mrs. Jha have a close friendship that helps both the women through difficult times. How do you think male and female friendships differ?

7) When The Windfall opens, the Jhas are living in a middle-class suburb of Delhi, but when they come into a large sum of money, they decide to move to a wealthier neighborhood across town. Which of your life goals and ambitions do you think are affected by what society defines as success? How do you define success?

8) The generational divide between Mr. and Mrs. Jha and their son demonstrates just how differently the two groups view the world and success. How do your goals for your children or future children differ from your goals for yourself?

9) If you suddenly came into a lot of money, how would it change your life?
 
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