When I first came across this book and the initial reviews – there is one thing anyone and everyone who read the book told me – the title is misleading. And now after having read the book, I agree. Yes the title is misleading. BUT, not entirely.
This book is NOT a compilation of erotic stories for punjabi widows. BUT it does contain quite a few erotic stories. And I don’t know how to say this without sounding like an impossible prude, but the actual stories were my least favorite part of the book.
Partly because erotica is just not my thing. But mostly because I wasn’t reading the physical / e-book, where I could just gloss over / skip the section. I was listening to this on audio, where it’s trickier to skip sections, so I was stuck with it all. I am sure my reading experience would have been much better if I was actually reading the book vs listening to it.
Especially because I loved literally everything else about this book. It’s a unique story, told from a fresh perspective, and has a narrative that grips you from the beginning to the end.
I immediately took a liking to Nikki (the main protagonist) and was invested in her journey of finding her purpose, and herself (even though she initially imagined this journey to be nothing more than a tiny detour).
And I especially loved reading about Southhall, the Sikh community and their relatively small and unique little ecosystem within Greater London.
But that’s not all.
There’s a lot more to this story, as it delved into many diverse yet related issues – from the immigrant experience and balancing / reconciling eastern vs western culture / value system to the role of patriarchy & self appointed guardians of the eastern culture in the every day lives of the community members to eventually the defiance / rebellion of one of the most suppressed / ignored members of the community – the punjabi widows!
The fact that, in addition to all of the above, there was an unsolved crime and a mystery to uncover just made the book unputdownable once I started reading.
Which is why, if you can handle the erotica (which isn’t that big a component of the book anyway, even though the story does revolve around these erotic stories) or skip those pages – I definitely recommend this book! Check it out, if you haven’t already!
*This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info
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