A grieving daughter and abuse survivor must summon the courage to run a feminist conference, trust a man she meets over the Internet, and escape a catfishing stalker to find her power.
Ahana, a wealthy thirty-three-year-old New Delhi woman, flees the pain of her mother's death, and her dark past, by accepting a huge project in New Orleans, where she'll coordinate an annual conference to raise awareness of violence against women. Her half-Indian, half-Irish colleague and public relations guru, Rohan Brady, who helps Ahana develop her online presence, offends her prim sensibilities with his raunchy humor. She is convinced that he's a womanizer.
Meanwhile, she seeks relief from her pain in an online support group, where she makes a good friend: the mercurial Jay Dubois, who is also grieving the loss of his mother. Louisiana Catch is an emotionally immersive novel about identity, shame, and who we project ourselves to be in the world. It's a book about Ahana's unreliable instincts and her ongoing battle to deter¬mine whom to place her trust in as she, Rohan, and Jay shed layers of their identities.
"Louisiana Catch is a triumph. In Ahana, Sweta Vikram has created an unforgettable character, strong, wise, and deeply human, who'll inspire a new generation struggling to come to terms with their identity in a world of blurring identities."
--KARAN BAJAJ, New York Times bestselling author, The Yoga of Max's Discontent
"In Louisiana Catch, Sweta Vikram brings life to the complex human rights issue of violence against women. Through one woman's journey to make sense of her past and ultimately heal, Vikram shows us that yoga can reconnect us to ourselves, and that by empowering others, we transform our own lives."
--ZOË LEPAGE, Founder, Exhale to Inhale
"Louisiana Catch perfectly captures what it means to be human in a digital world, where support groups meet online, love interests flirt on Twitter, and people get confused with personas. Equal parts tender and playful, moving and hopeful, Vikram's prose connects us with timeless truths about grief and redemption in a satisfyingly modern way."
--STEPHANIE PATERIK, Managing Editor, Adweek
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About the Author
Born in India, Sweta spent her formative years between the Indian Himalayas, North Africa, and the United States collecting and sharing stories. A graduate of Columbia University, she also teaches the power of yoga, Ayurveda, and mindful living to female trauma survivors, writers and artists, busy women, entrepreneurs, and business professionals in her avatar as the CEO-Founder of NimmiLife (www.nimmilife.com). She also uses her holistic wellness training to combine creative writing strategies with Ayurveda and yoga to help poets and writers improve their writing.
She lives in Queens, New York, with her husband, Anudit. You can find her on: Twitter (@swetavikram), Instagram (@SwetaVikram), and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Words.By.Sweta) and her own blog www.SwetaVikram.com.
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“Louisiana Catch is perfectly relevant and lovingly bottom lines the urgency to become involved in the feminist agenda, all the while being a deliciously romantic and hopeful story. Sweta proves, yet again, her ability to illustrate all the nuanced layers of a woman’s experience and honor her power to create change in the world.”
--PALLAVI SASTRY, Actress (Blue Bloods)
“Louisiana Catch is a compelling read! I was swept into Ahana’s world as she struggles to find a path forward after a turbulent and violent marriage. Sweta raises an interesting question—are we destined to be defined by our choices? Read and find out for yourselves!”
--VANDANA KUMAR, Publisher India Currents Magazine
“A moving, modern story about letting go of the past in order to find true empowerment. As a longtime advocate of women in need, Sweta Vikram doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. Louisiana Catch deals with the complexities of love, loss, history and home.”
--GEORGIA CLARK, author, The Regulars
“Utterly unique, insightful and clever. Enthralling and confronting at the same time, Louisiana Catch draws the reader in and ultimately provides hope.”
--BARBARA BOS, Managing Editor, Women Writers, Women’s Books
“In Louisiana Catch, celebrated author Sweta Vikram reminds us that violence against women should never be acceptable and it’s not the victim’s fault. The sudden loss of a dear one and a divorce from an abusive marriage force Ahana to emerge from her sheltered life and re-build her confidence to organize the largest women’s conference. While she is determined to help other women, she once again faces love and deceit along the way. Will that help her or deter her from sharing her story of abuse with other survivors?”
--DR. SHRUTI KAPOOR, Founder and CEO, Sayfty
“A very compelling read! I am in awe of Sweta’s ability to intelligently capture, blend and integrate pertinent psychological issues that face society today.”
--SUNITA PATTANI, psychotherapist, author, and trauma specialist
“Louisiana Catch is the story of a woman finding her voice and learning to listen to it. Sweta’s descriptions paint a rich picture, capturing the complexities of relationships, culture and abuse, drawing you in and painting a vivid picture in your mind. A thoroughly enjoyable read that draws you in.”
--KIMBERLY CAMPBELL, Executive Director, Exhale to Inhale
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
#NoExcuse the overarching theme of the book is very apt and highlights a dark side of abuse of women in marital relationship! Louisiana Catch is an emotional journey of the lead character who faced repeated abuse in her marital relationship and had to muster up courage over the years to walk out. Most importantly the impact it has on her life and other relationships is something that is described very intimately. The book also captures deep emotions of loss of near and loved ones on both sides Man and Woman and how it impacts their view of relationships! Beautifully written in a form of a conversation/movie style, I hope Amazon and Netflix content teams are seeing this!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The story begins in New Dehli, India. A woman, Ahana Chopra, just divorced a domineering and abusive husband (Dev Khanna), and then sets out in the world determined to become her own woman in modern, 21st century society. India is a culture where male domination over women still exists, where marriages are arranged, where girls are married off as teenagers, and younger, to men forty years their senior. Many of these girls/women become slaves, and depending on the mercy of the husband, are beaten, raped, and if the wife becomes defiant, have acid thrown in their faces. This book is about a woman who had this kind of husband, but divorces him and becomes an activist for woman’s rights in India, still very unthinkable in that society, but this is changing. She organizes a conference to take place in New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) for women all over the world to attend. The theme, of course, is violence against women carrying the title, No Excuses! The story itself is about Ahana’s social life leading up to that conference. The story begins with Ahana’s family and friends in New Dehli, Ahana freshly divorced and organizing the conference. In a break of tradition, Ahana has her family’s blessing on this pursuit, meaning her mother (Mumma, who soon dies) her aunt Masi, who lives in New Orleans, hence the reason for the conference’s location, and her other aunt Chutney, along with her cousin Naina, her closest relative. Ahana has several online relationships with people whom she has never met, and yet gets to know them like close friends. She attends an online group therapy session set in London, U.K., makes friends with a few of them, men and women, telling them her problems of her marriage. It is here where she begins to arrange the No Excuses conference. One third of the book is set in New Dehli, with friends and relatives, but then Ahmad travels to New York to meet some of these people she met online. The men know of her cause, but they could not help acting like male chauvinists, making a few lewd remarks, but they are empathetic to Ahana and her cause. The men Ahana finally meets are Rohan Brady, half Indian-half Irish, who falls in love with Ahana; Michael Hedick, a.k.a. Dracula because he steals other people’s ideas for his work and takes credit for them, and Jay DuBois, the villain of the story, an online stalker and scam artist who portrays himself as down on his luck but is really more evil than the other characters could imagine. This is where the plot lies, and the person to watch and analyze. Josh Rossi is a New York cop and Naina’s fiancée is one whom Ahana desperately needs as a friend and protector, as you read through the story. Together, these characters form the social evolution of Ahana, who emerges from a sheltered and naive young woman who learns the realities of life in world society but learns not only to adapt, but to take a leadership role. In New Dehli, New York, and New Orleans, Ahana learns of her enemies, her true friends despite all their faults, and how to deal with all of them. Ahana refuses to submit to old Indian, societal, male dominated traditions and breaks out as a liberated woman, organizes a conference for ALL women to stand up for their right to be human beings and say NO to abuse of any kind, by anyone.
Ahana has just divorced her abusive husband and lost her mother. She moves to America to help organize a Women’s Conference. Rohan helps her with the conference but his easy way with women leads Ahana to think he is a womanizer. Ahana is also having a hard time with the death of her mother and joins an online group. There is meets Jay, who seems to be a truly wonderful person. But the more she time she spends with Jay the more his true colors come through. Ahana comes from an upper-class Delhi family and lives in two worlds. The traditional Indian along with the modern American societies. Each has their own pluses and minuses. After her divorce and leaving the abuse, she moves to America and learns of our own problems with online bullying and such. Vikram writes about the abuse and scorn women go through so well that it breaks my heart. But it is very eye opening. Just to follow Ahana in her journey was tough to read. But all the hardships that she goes through shapes her into the strong woman she becomes at the end of this book. I admit that this is not a book I would normally chose to read but I’m very glad that I stepped outside my bubble. It’s a great read and one that I recommend. I received a complimentary copy of this book I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.