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Did the familial term Thatha (grandfather) contribute to your understanding of the family in Los Angeles?

Created: 09/15/14

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davinamw

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Did the familial term Thatha (grandfather) contribute to your understanding of the family in Los Angeles?

When Nishan goes to Los Angeles, he is suddenly referred to as Thatha ("grandfather"). Did this familial term contribute to your understanding of that family?


Posted Sep. 15, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
joyces

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RE: Did the familial term Thatha (grandfather) contribute to your understanding of the family in Los Angeles?

Actually, it totally confused me at first. Of course the names throughout the book were an effort to keep track of and then adding family forms of address complicated it all a bit more. In the pre pub copy I received there are two blank pages at the beginning of the book marked map and family trees. I must admit that they would have been helpful many times as I was reading.


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mariannes

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RE: Did the familial term Thatha (grandfather) contribute to your understanding of the family in Los Angeles?

The name Thatha didn't really matter to me. I agree that the names were really confusing. A family tree would have been very helpful!


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davinamw

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RE: Did the familial term Thatha (grandfather) contribute to your understanding of the family in Los Angeles?

Marianne - As you probably know, the finished book does have a family tree. The copy you read was an early reader edition before the final editing process and they are usually missing the final touches such as maps and family trees. I realize this doesn't change your reading experience but should make the matter of who's who less of a problem for those reading a copy of the published book - Davina, BB Editor.


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asha

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RE: Did the familial term Thatha (grandfather) contribute to your understanding of the family in Los Angeles?

Being from the region, the term Thatha was familiar to me...But, I do understand if it caused confusion to most non-regional readers.


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Suzanne

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RE: Did the familial term Thatha (grandfather) contribute to your understanding of the family in Los Angeles?

I didn't realize Thatha was the name grandfather and only figured it was the father of the Los Angeles girls. And I still don't understand why he was called that name.


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bobbie7

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RE: Did the familial term Thatha (grandfather) contribute to your understanding of the family in Los Angeles?

Thantha did not add to my understanding. I agree with other comments that the "familiar" terms and "nicknames" had me baffled, and I read this book twice. I finally made my own family tree with the first, last, nickname and relationships documented. That helped


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mal

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RE: Did the familial term Thatha (grandfather) contribute to your understanding of the family in Los Angeles?

Familiar with the term from previous cultural reads. Did help in understanding.


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