The Private Life of Mrs Sharma by Ratika Kapur

I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

‘Renuka Sharma is a dutiful wife, mother, and daughter-in-law holding the fort in a modest rental in Delhi while her husband tries to rack up savings in Dubai. Working as a receptionist and committed to finding a place for her family in the New Indian Dream of air-conditioned malls and high paid jobs at multi-nationals, life is going as planned until the day she strikes up a conversation with an uncommonly self-possessed stranger at a Metro station. Because while Mrs Sharma may espouse traditional values, India is changing all around her, and it wouldn’t be the end of the world if she came out of her shell a little, would it?

With equal doses of humour and pathos, The Private Life of Mrs Sharma is a sharp-eyed examination of the clashing of tradition and modernity, from a dramatic new voice in Indian fiction.’

Oh how I love Mrs Sharma! She is such a breath of fresh air. She narrates her story as if in conversation with you, and it is a delight to listen to her.
The story is an interesting insight into the lives of modern Indian women; proving that they are not quite as naive as the stereotypes would have you believe. Renu is a sharp, intelligent woman, whose main concern is for her family, but she knows she has her own needs too, and she shows a startling insight and acceptance of the needs of her husband. The story itself is quite slow to unfold, but the pace of the narration is fast enough to keep it moving.

I found the book to be a delightful surprise!

The Private Life of Mrs Sharma will be published on 3rd December 2015


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