Welcome to the readalong and book club discussion of The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar. Today we are discussing the friendships between the book’s characters, as presented in chapters 1 through 9 (pp. 1-91) of the novel. If you have insights to share, but they are based on events that occur later in the book, please note that as the beginning of your comment by typing SPOILER so those who haven’t read on will know to skip your comment.
The World We Found centers on four best friends from college – Laleh, Armaiti, Kavita, and Nishta – that have drifed apart over the years. They have lived their own separate lives, yet in the wake of Armaiti’s illness, they are finding each other once again.
- By the end of the book, the reader understands why these friends drifted apart. But now, at one hundred pages in, what are your thoughts? Why didn’t they keep in better touch?
- Why is it so important to Armaiti to see these women, when she likely has many friends in America?
- These women went through a lot together during the protests in India in the late 1970s. More than once, they refer to each other as comrades. How does their comradeship differ than friendship?
- Kavita admits that she never told Armaiti about her feelings for her. Why didn’t she express her love for Armaiti? If Laleh and Nishta are her best friends, why doesn’t she trust them with information about her sexual orientation now?
- Adish and Iqbal used to be close, yet their reunion doesn’t have the joy that the women’s does. Why is Iqbal so annoyed to see Adish?
Please feel free to answer any or all of these questions in your comments, as well as expound on your thoughts about the characters and their friendships. If you’re new to this readalong and would like more information or to see the rest of the discussion posts, please visit my landing page for The World We Found dicussion. Please be sure to check back on Tuesday, when we’ll be discussing religion in the first eighteen chapters of the book.