Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows: A Novel by Balli Kaur JaswalErotic Stories For Punjabi Widows: A Novel by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows: A Novel

byBalli Kaur Jaswal

Paperback | March 6, 2018

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A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women’s lives at all ages—a spicy and alluring mix of Together Tea and Calendar Girls.

Every woman has a secret life . . .

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community.

Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected—and exciting—kind.

As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community’s "moral police." But when the widows’ gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife—a modern woman like Nikki—and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.

Title:Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:March 6, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062645110

ISBN - 13:9780062645111

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from obsessed! I could not put this book down - loved the characters and insight into a topic not discussed often.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun, great read! I enjoyed reading this book, it's funny, relatable and creative. Yay girls!
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read The beginning was a bit slow for me but once I got through the first few chapters, could not put the book down. Very interesting book, and funny.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Loved this book! I loved all the characters and how they interacted. Great story & mytery
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from unexpected Fun summer read! Very entertaining and drama-filled. I really identified with Nikki in terms of where she is in her life and the friendships she forms with the women in her class.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely story A heartwarming tale about older widowed women rediscovering their sexualities and their tutor rediscovering her culture and traditions.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I enjoyed the characters, the story & the innocent rebellion of these wonderful women
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story with lots of layers There were so many different aspects to this book that I loved and it was far from one-dimensional. I adored the gang of widows that grouped together through the safe haven of Nikki’s ‘writing class’. I appreciated how the women were able to share such intimate fantasies with one another, away from the prying eyes and ears of the Church and the men in their lives. I liked how the author added a bit of intrigue with the mystery of Maya’s death and how that came back around to play an important role in Nikki’s future. All in all, a wonderful and well-rounded novel that touched on a lot of great topics.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a fantastic quick read! This story was endearing and hilarious. I loved it. Tackled some sensitive subjects but with such ease and lightheartedness.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pleasant read Quick read with some saucy bits. Nothing extraordinary but a great read for people looking to spice up their reading and get some laughs in.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I really enjoyed this book. It was super funny with a good story line. I also appreciated the way it dealt with some tricky issues that don't often get covered in popular literature.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay For the most part I enjoyed this book. I tackled some heavy subjects but in a light-hearted matter.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story. I enjoyed this book. There were some funny parts in this books and parts that I didn't expect!!
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved! Really loved this book. It was nice to read something with all core characters being Indian but also wasn't totally stereotypical. The story was intriguing, well written, the characters were all well written as well and all unique. I loved that it all centered around these women of different ages and history. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So funny and light! This was such a quick read! It was very funny and very light. It was also enlightening on the Punjabi culture (if the author painted it with accuracy). It was not what I was expecting but definitely enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome!! I love this book!! It tackled some very serious issues but kept a light-hearted tone. It also did a wonderful job of represented the immigrant experience.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More than just a light read! There was much more to this story than I anticipated when I picked it up. The spicy stories were there but also a strong picture of immigrant life was painted. To touch on honour killings and foul play was brave for a seemingly lighthearted tale. Being raised conservative Christian, I resonated with the taboos and outright suppression female of longing. So to hear these women find themselves in that respect was refreshing and overdue. Unique read. I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected new fav Really great! Unexpected new favorite novel. Made me really hungry for Indian snacks.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fun! I really enjoyed this book. I had no idea what to expect but it had an interesting plot, with many twists, a bit of excitement, some sauciness, some suspense/mystery and a bit of an understanding of the culture of the Punjabi women. A great read!
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected. This read was a pleasant surprise - I enjoyed it immensely. It challenges one's perception of traditional norms and just how much they conflict with 'modern' ones.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lost Opportunity I really, really wanted to love this book as much as all the praise it was given. Unfortunately, I grew quite tired awaiting for something to happen in the story. The plot was incredibly original, and the female empowerment optimal, but I longed for so much more. I found myself much more intrigued with the suspenseful aspect surround Maya, than I did of our main character, and felt there was something missing to tie the story together. None the less, praise to the incredibly powerful message embedded within the story surrounding these beautiful, strong and fiery women telling their incredible stories, and the difficulties surround them. I wish there'd been more fierce writing brought forward throughout the book by Jaswal, as we saw in the last few chapters that finally, really captivated me.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way more than I expected The only thing I knew before going into this book was that it was about a group of Punjabi widows who gathered together for a writing class and ended up sharing erotic stories. I think going in somewhat unaware made me appreciate it even more because I was expecting a light and fun read but got so much more. I won't spoil anything else in case you're going in with the same unfamiliarity that I did, but I enjoyed every page of this book. It was both a fun read and a serious one. I loved that the author gave us snippets of the stories they shared (I've read other books where the source material was left out which can be disappointing and just make you more curious), the romance (especially that it involved a meaningful book), exploring the line between questioning traditional norms and also respecting where you come from, and getting a glimpse into a different culture. Most of all, I loved how sharing these stories gave these women a voice and helped them to realize their power through the bonds of female friendship. Balli Kaur Jaswal has been added to my list of authors to watch!
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read! I enjoyed this read. I wasn't sure what to expect, I chose to pick it up because it was one of Reese Witherspoon's picks. It did not disappoint! There were a few spots that had me giggling out loud, and I actually learned a little more about an interesting culture.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such an enjoyable read! I really enjoyed this book. There were quite a few things happening that really gets you hooked. Lots of things that made me giggle at times which doesn't happen often when I read. Also the fact that it was based in London (where I'm from) got me a little nostalgic.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Read, I couldn't put it down. You will laugh, cry and blush This is one of my favourite books that I have read in the last 4 years. The themes of female friendships, love, pain and humour are wonderful. It explores cultural celebrations and flaws and opens the readers eyes to another world they might not know about. I read the book in a single night. It reminded me of My Big Fat Greek wedding with characters who are larger than live and are each able to hold their own.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A glimpse into another culture There is so much contained in this little novel. It is about finding a voice beginning with a group of punjabi widow but like a stone tossed in a puddle, it ripples. The stories the widows begin to voice are sensual stories that in their tradition are not given voice.In such a tight knit community over time, other stories begin to enter the class; stories about unexplained or misrepresented deaths of women and a secret Brotherhood whose job is to keep the women in line. This novel was not at all what I expected.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed it! I really enjoyed this book. It was not at all what I expected. I actually skimmed over all of the sexy stories because I found I enjoyed the other part of the book more.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from defintely different This book would have not been on my radar had it not been for Reese Witherspoon's book club. I found it endearing, funny, heart warming, and a little steamy. It was a great read with a difference perspective.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Story Interesting story centring on a demographic I don't see many books about. Funny, critical, heartwarming, and sad, with several characters and plots to keep you interested.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good story, flat protagonist A dark undercurrent elevates a typical coming-of-age diasporic protagonist's development - the supporting characters and their stories are gorgeously drawn; the main character on the other hand, is almost a caricature. I'd recommend this anyway, for the name alone.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Vibrant, full of twists and turns, a real page turner
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Different Didn't think this would come up...Definitely a page Turner.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could not put this down Finally came across a book I just could not put down after a very very long time! I had to force myself to put the book down so I could get other things done in the day! Funny and endearing, the characters strength and vulnerability are felt through the pages. Some of the cultural details wouldn't make sense unless you are familiar with the Punjabi community however what is shared is just enough to capture attention and hold it. Obviously, some things are exaggerated for story-telling purposes and it works well. Highly recommended for a good laugh, a few naughty thoughts, feeling good about being a woman and a little pulling of the heart strings.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Endearing A good read with solid, inspirational female characters and refreshing outcomes. The cultural aspect of the stories could have been a little more detailed, however, this did not take away from the overall theme.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing Read! The plot is very original and the book focuses on three main characters who all have their own depth. It's refreshing to see Punjabi women represented in a different light and I hope to see more books written like this. I only wish there was some more specific cultural elements in the book but regardless, the book is fantastic! There's also a twist at the end but the author introduces it naturally. Wonderful!
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could be better The themes of female empowerment and agism are valuable but I think the cultural side could have been presented in a richer, more mature way.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye-opening A very unexpected book. Full of humour and down to earth truths. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome so really well written, would very so much recommend this to friends
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny, Cultural, I had absolutely no idea what to expect when picking up this book and I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed learning about the culture and found myself looking up certain clothing articles and foods that were described out of curiosity. I actually had quite a few laugh out loud moments, and I can't say that happens often for me while reading. I especially liked the themes of empowerment for women, and ageism.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from LOL! Funniest book I have ever come across. Couldn't stop reading or laughing all along.
Date published: 2018-03-08

Editorial Reviews

“I loved this novel—it’s so big-hearted and earthy and funny. Best of all, it turns many preconceptions upside down, and opens up a world that so many of us have only glimpsed. A rattlingly good story.”