Literary Fiction

The Windfall

by Diksha Basu

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Diksha Basu with The Windfall.

Quick take

A bubbly, fun, witty comedy of manners about a family attempting a lifestyle upgrade in Delhi.

Why I love it

Whenever the weather turns hot all I want to do is read gossipy, effervescent novels about people surfing precarious social tides and trying to make it to dry land in one piece. The Windfall quenches just that thirst: a bubbly, fun, witty comedy of manners about a family attempting a lifestyle upgrade in Delhi. It’s a story about ambition, family secrets, and the pride before the fall.

When Mr. Jh...


A heartfelt comedy of manners, Diksha Basu’s debut novel unfolds the story of a family discovering what it means to 'œmake it' in modern India.

For the past thirty years, Mr. and Mrs. Jha’s lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners, gossipy neighbors, and the small dramas of stolen yoga pants and stale marriages. They thought they’d settled comfortably into their golden years, pl...

Member thoughts

30% Love
57% Like
12% Dislike
  • Anna K.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "So many laughs. We get a fantastic journey through Delhi, and find out that comparing ourselves to our neighbors is universally relatable. "

  • Celina B.

    Waco, TX

    "Loved this light read! It was so interesting to see another culture in an interesting way!"

  • Kelly D.

    Gaithersburg, MD

    "Engaging story and great characters. You will fall in love with many of them! What a great story about life and the lessons we learn along the way."

  • Alison W.

    Pittsburg, KS

    "LOVED this book. The characters were all so loveable and wonderful. The satire in the book was great. I had a blast reading it. "

  • Dianne S.

    Elgin, IL

    "Charming book that transported me back to a city and its people that I love and often long to return. "

  • Stacey B.

    Jacksonville, NC

    "Very funny, light read. Wish it didn't end so abruptly though. "

  • Genevieve B.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    "I adored this novel. Basu is the Jane Austin of our time who builds beautiful and well-rounded characters and a fascinating peek into each of their lives. Laughed, cried, raged w characters. Supurb."

  • Brandy R.

    Clermont, FL

    "This is my absolute favorite book of the month selection! Couldn't put this book down! Witty and full of heart. Amazing!"

  • Lindsay P.

    Salisbury , MD

    "Charming, funny, and oh so true, this novel chronicles the lives of modern day Indian families and the struggles of keeping up with the Jones."

  • Sarai D.

    Provo, UT

    "Funny, uplifting, heartbreaking, embarrassing, and bitingly satirical, this book was a sheer delight. In the same way that revisiting Austen is like drinking a cup of warm tea, this book charmed. "

  • Chelsea G.

    Freeville, NY

    "I really enjoyed this book and setting the characters deal with their situations. Also I live in Ithaca now so it's fun to see the references to things I know!! "