The Sari Shop Widow Paperback – Sep 1 2009
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Drastic measures have already been put into place. Anjali's father has requested help from his rich older brother, Jeevan. It has been five years since Anjali's uncle last visited from India. He may be a smart businessman, but his commanding ways, crazy demands, and overbearing character is too much for her or her mother to deal with. It becomes harder when Jeevan appears with enough luggage to show he plans a long stay. Jeevan also brought along, unannounced, his business partner from London, Rishi Shah. The handsome Brit specializes in saving failing businesses. Rishi and Jeevan have big plans to save the boutique. Part of that is buying fifty-one percent of Silk & Sapphires.
Can Anjali's uncle and the Londoner save her beloved shop? If so, will it no longer belong to her? And can Anjali and Rishi take a leap of faith with their hearts?
***** 4.5 STARS! This story is very rich in Desi culture. I found it to be extremely fascinating.Read more ›
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Anjali is an American born Indian widow who has put her life on hold to make a success of her parents' sari boutique, called 'Silk and Sapphires.' To her dismay, she learns that without her realizing it, the shop is close to bankruptcy. Her father, without her knowledge or consent, calls on his rich, tyrannical elder brother for help in rescueing the business. When this brother flies in from India he is accompanied by a man unknown to any of the family, announcing that this Rishi Shah is his business partner, and that they will sort out all the problems. Anjali, being a modern American woman, doesn't want any outsiders sorting out her problems.
And from there, stock Romance ensues.
What made this book interesting was that, wrapped around a standard "romance" plot, there was a really nice look at an exotic sub-culture - in Edison,N.J. of all places, that I surely did not know existed. It was fascinating to read about, and elevated this run-of-the-mill romance a step above the norm. A really pleasant surprise!
However, Anjali is ignorant of the fact that the shop is failing. Her desperate father Mohan asks his wealthy older brother for help. Anjali's Uncle Jeevan-kaka has not been state side in five years, but comes from India to see what he can do to save the boutique. He is a benevolent dictator who drove Anjali and her mom crazy with his demands on his last visit. Jeevan arrives in New Jersey with his London-based business partner Rishi Shah, an expert on saving businesses buried in red ink. They plan to save the shop but also demand fifty-one percent ownership of the store. As Anjali and Rishi fall in love, she must decide can she trust him with her heart, her boutique, and her future when he already has a client girlfriend?
This is a super ethnic family drama from an author who consistently provides readers with great profound novels that give insight into the Indian especially the Indian-American Hindu culture (see THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER and THE DOWRY BRIDE). Once again the fully developed characters make for a strong deep look at Hindu life in central New Jersey with the romance augmenting the insightful look. Shobhan Bantwal's enjoyable novels are incredibly entertaining but also enlightening as the reader sips masala chai.
Anyone could have seen the ending coming from page 10.
I'm confused by people saying they had a "glimpse" into Indian-American culture. Honestly, I could have written this one with what I know about the Indian and/or Hindu culture. NOthing of substance. Generalities and cliches abound.
It's basically a PG rated bodice-ripper.