Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (Hardcover)
"A reviewer in Singapore called Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows audacious. I would agree and say perhaps the author, Balli Kaur Jaswal was too ambitious or her editor too severe. Never mind. This is a fun, worthwhile read. Imagine if parts of Fifty Shades of Grey were baked into a novel like chocolate chips in a cookie. There is way more to this story then a few titillating fantasies. Interesting information about the Sikh culture, mystery, women’s empowerment, maturity and most of all friendship play into a very good story. This is one of the few books I wish could have been longer to give all its dimensions their due place. Well worth a read."--Reviewed by Dora— From Dora Recommends
A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women's lives at all ages--a spicy and alluring mix of Together Tea and Calendar Girls.
Every woman has a secret life . . .
Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.
Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected--and exciting--kind.
As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community's "moral police." But when the widows' gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife--a modern woman like Nikki--and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.