The ringneck parrot hopped out of its rusted cage and cocked its green head, as if contemplating a serious decision. This is how the story set in Shimla, in the year 1991, starts with. Presenting Meghna Pant‘s One & a Half Wife, that is a welcome addition to diasporic writing from India, as complimented by author Manju Jaidka. Get your free copy of this book! Read below to know more what this book is about.
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Overview of the Book
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.
Know the Author
A financial journalist by day and a writer by night, Meghna Pant is the editor of a business magazine. She has formerly worked as a TV anchor for NDTV Profit and Bloomberg-UTV. Her short stories have been published in over a dozen literary magazines, across four countries.
An avid traveller, Meghna Pant has stayed in various cities around the world, from Mumbai and Singapore to Zurich and New York City. She is currently based in Dubai.
One & a Half Wife – Meghna’s debut novel – has been longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award, selected as a top ten finalist in WordHustler’s Literary Storm Novel Contest, and made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
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Can tyou send me a copy? I would love to review it