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Desi Girls
Desi Girls

Desi Girls

Stories by Indian Women Writers Abroad

Edited by Divya Mathur


326 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: July 2015

ISBN 9781908446442

Rights: US, CA & CAR

HopeRoad (Jul 2015)


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This collection of 22 short stories from gifted writers—some new, some well known to their readers—covers a multitude of experiences in the wider world outside India. Coping with the customs and expectations in the countries where they are now living, the mainly female characters in these tales have to choose whether to cling to their Indian culture, discard it completely, or learn how to adjust and compromise. It's a challenge! Themes of courtship, marriage, and betrayal—of losing and re-forming one's identity while trying to live up to Indian ideals of behavior in an alien environment—contain all the vibrancy of India herself. And amidst the fragrance, color, and beloved familiarity of the rituals that accompany the characters, many varied and sometimes disturbing dramas are played out. These stories are the expressions of women who have chosen to live away from their native land and who have evolved in the countries where they now live. Through their characters and the unique structure of the short story—with its classic sting in the tail—they offer us a viewpoint and a commentary on the countries they have

Author Biography

Divya Mathur is a multi-award-winning author. Her collection Akrosh won the Katha-UK Award. Divya is the Founding President of Vatayan: Poetry on the South Bank, London, a charity which works for interfaith and intercultural understanding.