Author: Meghna Pant
Publisher: Westland Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789381626481
Unlike most Indian immigrants, Amara Malhotra is not destined to achieve the American Dream. Much to the anxiety of her parents – the spirited Biji and the doting Baba – Amara leads an unremarkable life. That is, until she marries Harvard-educated millionaire, Prashant Roy.
However, this fairy-tale isn’t meant to last, and even as Amara’s marriage collapses, she finds herself returning to the land of her birth, to the small city of Shimla.
Here, in a borough grappling with questions of modernity, Amara is caught in a tug-of-war between old beliefs and new ones, between parents who favour obedience and new friends who encourage independent thought. With powerful insights, One and a Half Wife traces the coming-of-age of multiple characters, while re-defining family, relationships and love in contemporary India.
“Meghna Pant’s writing sparkles with subtle wit, a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour and an acute power of observation. One and a Half wife is a welcome addition to diasporic writing from India.”
--- Manju Jaidka, Author, Scandal Point
“An interesting read that will connect with many”
--- Mini Menon, News Anchor
“Competent and Charming !”
--- Jerry Pinto, Writer and Journalist