Category: 5 out of 5 Indian settings

Sujata Massey’s – The widows of Malabar Hill

Sujata Massey’s – The widows of Malabar Hill

In Mumbai in the 1920’s, Perveen works with her father in his law office—the only female solicitor in the entire city. When the Muslim women on Malabar Hill become widows, only Perveen can enter their secluded section of the house to explain a document they’ve signed giving away their wealth. This not only leads to a murder, but unwelcomed events surface from Perveen’s past failed marriage before she finished her degree.

A tale of intrigue with insight into both Parsi and Muslim lives of the era.

Indu Sundaresan’s — The splendor of silence

Indu Sundaresan’s — The splendor 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. 

Chitra Banderjee Divakaruni’s—Before we visit the goddess

Chitra Banderjee Divakaruni’s—Before we visit the goddess

This is a tale of three generations of women and the mistakes and hardships they face both in India and in the U.S. 

Sabitri dreams of going to college so she can rise above her mother’s poverty-stricken life. She is given the opportunity by a rich family her mother makes mitai for, but her dream evaporates because of her ill-fated love. When her daughter, Bela is in college she is distressed by Bela’s relationship with Sanjay, a political Bengali rebel. Bela abandons her studies and flees to the U.S. to reconnect with Sanjay—the second generation to forsake her studies for love. In Bela’s daughter’s teenage years, will she do the same?

Alka Joshi’s — The henna artist *****

Alka Joshi’s — The henna artist *****

After Lakshmi runs away from her abusive husband, she begins work as a henna artist in 1950s Jaipur. For years she struggles to survive, and gradually develops a reputation as the city’s best henna artist. But then her bedraggled husband arrives with her sister, Radha whom she has never known existed. She struggles to develop a bond with orphaned Radha, and to rid herself of a husband who demands money. Will he give her the divorce she wants, and will she be able to survive her mounting debts?