2011-Read, Indian Fiction, Library, SA Challenge, Sudha Murthy

Mahasweta by Sudha Murthy

Sudha Murthy’s books are easy reads, available and are based on the real Indian women and their struggles. All or most of her books have heroines from Karnataka and the freshness and simplicity of her writing doesn’t let you give up on her books. And still I never really did pick up her books. Why? you may ask and I would say what can a techie, wife of the most celebrated and famous industrialist and founder of Infosys, could possibly write – I judged her books without reading it – a crime that I am ashamed of. When our friend…

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2011-Read, Kamala Nair, SA Challenge

The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair

At once a powerful family saga and compelling personal odyssey, Kamala Nair’s debut novel tells the story of a haunted young woman who, in an effort to seek clarity about her impending marriage, confronts one fateful summer from her childhood. When Rakhee Singh is just ten-years-old, her world is shaken irrevocably when her beautiful yet troubled mother spirits her away from her father and their Minnesota home to visit her ancestral estate in an Indian village untouched by the centuries. It is there that Rakhee meets her enigmatic relatives for the first time, seeks adventure with her three cousins, and…

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2011-Read, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, SA Challenge, Short Story Reviews

Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Published in 1995, Arranged Marriage is the first book written by this author. I had been thinking of reading something by this author and luckily our library had this book. I really had no idea what this book was about. After reading the first story and then going to the second did I realize that this was a small book of lovely short stories. Stories of Indian Bengali women, away from India and trying to adapt to the huge cultural changes. I stopped after every story to either think of the women and her circumstances or to wipe a tear…

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2010- Read, eBook, Historical Fiction, SA Challenge, Shilpi Somaya Gowda

The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda Paperback, 352 pages Published February 20th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books Synopsis: On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter’s life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son. Halfway around the globe, Somer, an American doctor, decides to adopt a child after making the…

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2010- Read, Historical Fiction, Madhulika Liddle, OT-10, SA Challenge, suspense-thriller

The Englishman’s Cameo by Madhulika Liddle

The Englishman’s Cameo by Madhulika Liddle Paperback, 281 pages Published 2009 by Hachette India Synopsis: A poisoned paan, A non-government issue arrow And the cameo of a mysterious Englishman. Muzaffar Jangis that rare creature in Mughal Emperor Shahjahan s Dilli an aristocrat with friends in low places. One of whom, Faisal, stands accused of murder. When the body of Mirza Murad Begh is found stabbed in the chest, lying in a water channel in the Qila, poor Faisal is the only one around. But what of the fact that, minutes before his demise, the victim had stepped out of the…

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Challenge, SA Challenge

South Asian Author Challenge

Our beautiful host, S. Krishna says, This challenge is to encourage people to read books by South Asian Authors – South Asia being India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Please note that it does not include the Middle East! The books can be from any time period, contemporary or classic. There are two requirements for a book to qualify for the South Asian Author Challenge, both of which must be met: 1) The author must be of South Asian descent.  It doesn’t matter if they’re third or fourth generation, or are only half South Asian – I’m pretty flexible on…

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