Tag: Mumbai setting

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.

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

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.