Marigold Hotel

Jaipur - Jantar Mantar - Laghu Samrat Yantra

Jaipur – Jantar Mantar – Laghu Samrat Yantra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday evening my wife and I joined about two dozen others to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie. Seven English retirees travel to Jaipur, India to live in the Marigold Hotel to ease their retirement finances or for other reasons. The seven are not acquainted until they meet on the trip to India. When they arrive, they are disappointed to find that the brochures on which they relied were grossly misleading. Six of the group struggle to make the best of the situation while one woman deserts her husband to return to England because she cannot cope.

The character played by Judi Dench seeks employment in an Indian call center. She is hired to teach the call center employees about how the calls are received in England and how to improvise on their scripts. The movie ia a comedy and a heart-warming story of humanity. At the end, there was scattered applause from some in the audience. I find that applause for a movie is rare, and I joined in.