Monday, April 16, 2018

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal  298 pp.

This book could have been titled "Erotic Stories BY Punjabi Widows" since that is what happens in the story. Nikki, the daughter of Indian immigrants, is a modern London girl who tries to distance herself from the traditional Sikh culture of her parents. While performing a favor for her sister who has suddenly decided to seek an arranged marriage, Nikki sees a want ad for a writing teacher. What she ends up with is a group of Sikh widows who are expecting to learn basic English, not how to write short stories. But these women have outlandish imaginations and the stories they begin to tell are racy ones. There is danger in these stories from a Sikh men's group who use threats and violence to keep people on a conservative Sikh path. There is also the mystery surrounding the death of a young woman in the community and Nikki's own love story. There is a lot going on in this novel which is entertaining but briefly bogs down in the middle. The writing class widows are very entertaining and the results of their efforts has a positive ending.

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