This is fascinating. Centred on a Cambridge charity shop supporting an Indian village, it unfolds slowly in slices of the volunteers’ lives, using delightful caricatures that build to reveal a plot. However, it’s their philosophy, hopes and acceptance of life that really shine through this quietly hypnotic novel, very much another in The Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency territory.
POP MATTERS, USA
Balsari’s book is an easy recommendation. It shines a clear light on a number of shadowy topics, but always with a twinkle in its eye and a relatively sympathetic smile … the language and tone of the novel are lovely, without being sappy or particularly prosaic. It mocks gently, but with an all-inclusive hug.
COLUMNS & ARTICLES
Saumya Balsari was a regular columnist for The Times of India (Bombay Times) and The Hindustan Times UK Edition. She has also written features, interviews and reviews for The Times of India (Bombay Times), DNA, The Indian Express, The Deccan Chronicle, Femina, Indian Post, Free Press Journal, Der Spiegel (Germany) Zee Magazine (UK), Sublime Magazine (UK), Pravasi Today, DESI, BEE and E-Magazine (USA).
One of Britain's leading South Asian women
Saumya Balsari is much in the vein of Kiran Desai and Arundhati Roy
Alexander McCall Smith
Balsari's wit combined with her lively sense of the ridiculous lifts the mood to deliver a comical romp ... if you're looking for a few laughs, your search ends here.