I loved the novel. But I'm always afraid to see films of books I admire. The reviewer link you had said it was wonderful. Still, I hesitate. Maybe you can see it first and report back?
I loved the book, too. I will try to see the film but I wanted to wait until April when I visit my parents in CA and see it with them. I, too, cringe when my imagination clashes with a filmmaker's modification of my favorite stories.
I re-read the book this week in anticipation of watching the movie this weekend. I love Jhumpa Lahiri's stories as well as Mira Nair's films, so I cannot tell you how excited I am to watch the film. And of course, being a Bengali-American just adds to the excitement. :)
It would be a wonderful film to watch with your parents, if you can Mitali! What a great idea. I actually wrote a short review for teens at the blog of READ and Writing mags yesterday. Thought you might be interested.