Stunning novel in which a young Indian woman, raised in London to fulfil her parents' dreams of respectability, sets off in search of her own dreams - and disrupts the whole family.
'Tell me about your dreams, and if you have dared to follow them.' This is the challenge for three members of the Vishavan family.
Evita (real name Molu, but she's always had a tendency towards the theatrical) is stuck in a 9-to-5 job until she hears the irresistible beat of a drum, summoning her to follow her dream. It takes her to faraway places and people, but the rhythm of change is also to be found closer to home.
Sheila and Bali have raised Evita as their own child. Yet their sadness has kept them apart; holding on to their separate secrets, they have rejected the possibility of following any dreams. Neither expects the disruption that follows Evita's return.
From remote villages in Kerala to the heart of contemporary London, this is a story of discovery, love and what might happen if you dare to live your dream.
Preethi Nair is a one woman whirlwind. After writing her first novel Gypsy Masala and failing to find any interested publishers, unbeknownst to family and friends she resigned from her job and ploughed her savings into self publishing and self promoting her book. She did not go unrewarded and actually won the Asian Woman Achievment Award. Preethi managed to secure a 3 book deal with HarperCollins. Her second novel One Hundred Shades of White published in 2010.
'A witty, evocative read that'll keep you gripped' Company
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'A little gem..a mystic and beautifully lyrical book' New Woman
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'An absorbing novel about mothers, daughters, food and truth.' Closer
'A rich, evocative tale.' Company
"A heart-warming read about families, forgiveness, carving futures and filtering truth." Guardian
'A great read. Fast, funny and full of life' Shyama Perera, author of I Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet
'A genuinely moving novel.like the bottled spices that play such a role in the story, this has all its ingredients in just the right quantities to spirit away all negative emotions.' Daily Express
'She writes evocatively about childhood and there are passages of tight and lyrical immediacy.Moving description packs a powerful punch in this book about family, forgiveness and the power of truth.' Guardian