Category: 5 out of 5 Indian settings

Sujata Massey’s — The widows of Malabar Hill *****

Sujata Massey’s — The widows of Malabar Hill *****

Set in Mumbai in the 1920’s, Perveen works with her father in his law office, the only female solicitor in all of the city. When the Muslim women on Malabar Hill become widows, only Perveen can enter their section of the house to explain a document they’ve signed giving away their wealth.

This not only leads to a murder, but events from Perveen’s past failed marriage haunt her. A tale of intrigue with insight into both the Parsi and Muslim lives of the era.

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Indu Sundaresan’s — The splendour of silence ******

Indu Sundaresan’s — The splendour of silence ******

Once Sam completes a rescue mission in Burma during 1942, he heads to Rudrakot after a plea from his mother back in Seattle, to find out what happened to his brother. In Rudrokot, he boards with the local Tamil political agent where he is drawn to Mila, the agent’s daughter who is expected to marry the state’s prince. Battling the loss of his brother, his growing love for Mila, a wound from his time in Burma, and the prejudice the British and Indians hold against mixed relationships, Sam discovers he cannot win all he desires.

Katherine Boo’s — Behind the beautiful forevers *****

Katherine Boo’s — Behind the beautiful forevers *****

A cast of characters in Annawadi slums near Mumbai’s airport are hopeful when India’s economy starts to bloom. Some are metal thieves, others collect recyclable garbage, but when their day is done, they live in close proximity to everyone so that there are few secrets.

This is a must read with the focus on a Muslim family striving for a better life. It reads like fiction, but was actually the author’s observations and research during her three years living in Mumbai.

Anita Rau Badami’s — Hero’s Walk *****

Anita Rau Badami’s — Hero’s Walk *****

What happens when you lose the most precious person in your life — a daughter? This is the agonizing dilemma Sripathi, living in India, finds himself in when he learns of his daughter and her husband’s death in Canada. Soon their daughter, Nandana arrives and Sripathi has to come to terms with his loss. Continue reading “Anita Rau Badami’s — Hero’s Walk *****”

Rabindranath Tagore’s – The Wreck *****

Rabindranath Tagore’s – The Wreck *****

Although Ramesh is in love with Hemnalini, he is forced into an arranged marriage. Returning from his wedding, a storm sinks the boats the wedding party travels in. When Ramesh comes to, he’s washed up on shore and discovers the only other survivor, dressed in red wedding regalia, appears to be his wife whom he never set eyes on during the wedding. Continue reading “Rabindranath Tagore’s – The Wreck *****”