The Sari Shop

The Sari Shop

by Rupa Bajwa

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The Sari Shop by Rupa Bajwa

A darkly funny debut novel—a cross between Monsoon Wedding and a Kafka short story.Ramchand, a shop assistant in Sevak Sari House in Amritsar, spends his days patiently showing yards of fabric to the women of "status families" and to the giggling girls who dream of dressing up in silk but can only afford cotton. When Ramchand is sent to a new part of the city to show wares to a wealthy family preparing for their daughter's wedding, he is jolted out of the rhythm of his narrow daily life. His glimpse into a different world gives him an urgent sense of possibility. He begins to see himself, his life, and his future more clearly. And so he attempts to recapture the hope that his childhood had promised, arming himself with two battered English grammar books, a fresh pair of socks, and a bar of Lifebuoy soap. But soon these efforts turn his life upside down, bringing him face to face with the cruelties on which his very existence depends.

Author Biography: Rupa Bajwa was born in 1976 in Amritsar, India, where she currently lives. This is her first book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393059229
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/19/2004
Edition description: First American Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.91(d)

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