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

Hardcover | June 13, 2017

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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.

Balli Kaur Jaswal was born in Singapore and grew up in Japan, Russia, and the Philippines. She studied Creative Writing at Hollins University in the US. She is the recipient of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist award and was the National Writer-In-Residence at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, where...
Title:Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 13, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062645129

ISBN - 13:9780062645128

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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 3 out of 5 by from Some very strong parts, but some weak ones too This is pretty far outside anything I would normally read. There some parts that I was really impressed with, including the author's handling of characters and their emotions. There were also some funny lines. But I felt the whole suicide plot was treated as a throwaway so that it ended up feeling trivialized and that really overshadowed some of the plot's strengths.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A surprising and fantastic read! When I first heard of this book and started reading it, I thought it would be about Punjabi widows writing erotic stories to escape their dreary lives however this novel was so much more. Balli Kaur Jaswal looks at the pressure both South Asian men and women face to marry to please both their families as well themselves. It also examines the less visited yet positive side of arranged marriages and that women can experience happiness in these arrangements if they have a voice and choice despite the misconceptions that are misconstrued from society. On a more serious note, erotic stories looks at the controversy and double standards surrounding women's honour. With the right touch of humour while still looking at serious issues in south Asian culture, Jaswal gives a voice to Indian women who are feisty and know what they want despite the impression they give to others. Loved it!
Date published: 2017-08-04

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“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.”