Tag: Indian setting

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?

Anita Rau Badami’s — The hero’s walk *****

Anita Rau Badami’s — The 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 husband’s death in Canada. Soon their daughter, Nandana arrives and Sripathi has to come to terms with his loss.

Tell it to the trees is equally as good, but Hero’s Walk is Badami’s champion for pulling at the heart strings.

Rohinton Mistry’s — Family matters *****

Rohinton Mistry’s — Family matters *****

Nariman, the aging patriarch of a Parsi family, is shuffled from one family household to another as his ability to care for himself deteriorates. Mistry takes us on a journey through the lives of this Bombay family that is both sad and often funny.

In his classic style, this is probably my favourite of his novels to date, though not the only one I’ve enjoyed.