SILVER DREAMS is possibly India's first English fiction novel with a Silvers' couple center stage, instead of tucked into the sidelines. I like to describe it as a book that has the pace of a thriller and the mood of a mellow second innings.
As it traverses great distances from the Himalayas to Delhi, Mumbai, Thailand, Canada and finally the West Indies, Silver Dreams silently but surely closes in on the distance between the hearts of the aging lovers Kinnary and Rana. The lively exchanges happen as Rana woos Kinnary at a retirement home bringing to the fore dollops of humor and nostalgia, pathos and experience.
The book is about Second Innings for a couple with bitter memories and estranged children. Their coming together is engineered by Kinnary’s son Kirti, in response to a medical crisis; she then traces Rana’s boys for him on Facebook.
What happens when women want more of life than offered to them? A sisterhood across generations takes on the tyranny of unwritten rules and customs. They do what has to be done without announcements of commencement or completion to find their own places in the sun.
Fascinating tales then evolve….. Nirbhaya & others who dared offers stories of hope, to women facing issues at home and outside, covering the gamut of gang rape, marriage, domestic violence, dowry deaths, divorce, incest, inheritance, duties & responsibilities, widowhood etc. Thinking out of the box brings different resolutions in their favor.See more
In India’s first historical novel that offers readers two different endings, MASTANI's second ending plugs all the holes left in traditional myths surrounding her. 25 years of research and 3 of writing reveal a dramatic tale that turns the entire Mastani dancing girl story on its head, from nuggets that egged me on, alongside my work as a journalist and as mother, with trips to Pune and its surroundings, Indore, Mhow to seek out Mastani's descendants, who till that point of time, had not delved into her history. Mr. Ahsaan Awara, a retired post master of Banda, with a lifetime in search of Mastani, was a mine of information for me. Ahsaan saab and Mr. Mabableshwarwalla, my schoolteacher, pushed me to start writing the story as it unspooled, despite not having reached the end of the search. They always argued that I had to start shaping up what was fresh in my mind before it went stale, as age crept up and might stall the book forever; already other controversies had emerged. A major one over the interpretation of the cause of the death of Baji Rao: was it merely a heat stroke or the end result of a deadly combine of alcohol withdrawal, a sense of betrayal by his entire family, deep depression caused by the absence of his beloved Mastani? and finally her untimely death? Unfortunately Ahsaan Saab who gave me his Mastani legacy did not live to read my Mastani, which was so welcomed by Mr. Mahableshwarwalla.See more
Spanning five generations, Beyond Diamond Rings (BDR) zeroes in on key women of an extended family of Partition’s Bhaibund migrants, once the Merchant Princes of Sindh, known for their then-global trade, ostentatious homes and fabulous women. BDR follows a family of women from Pre Partition Hyderabad Sindh to the four corners of the globe, down to the twenty first century, evolving from traditional home makers almost genetically coded to deal with day-to-day life without the presence of men into the New Indian Women dealing today’s issues, especially the daily inter-action with the men and the effects of that.See more