THE SARI SHOP WIDOW is the third book written by Shobhan Bantwal who hails from Belgaum, which will be released on September 1, 2009 by Kensington Publishing Corporation. [She was showcased as the 1st star of Belgaum on this site.]
Shobhan Bantwal was born on July 2 and raised at BELGAUM along with her four sisters. She resided in Camp area and she did her schooling from St. Josephs Convent Camp (LKG to SSLC) and then went to Lingraj College followed by Karnatak University in Dharwar for a master’s degree in sociology. She got a second master’s degree in Public Administration in the U.S. she rarely visits India, so her visits to Belgaum are very few and far between. She came to the United States in an arranged marriage in the mid 1970’s.
Kensington Publishing, an American publisher, released her first fiction book, THE DOWRY BRIDE, in September 2007 and her second book, THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER, was released last week, September 2008. Both novels are based in India and deal with contemporary social issues that have created a great deal of interest amongst American and Canadian readers who are fascinated with the subjects of dowry and gender-selective abortions.
THE SARI SHOP WIDOW offers a rare and insightful glimpse into the vibrant world of Indian-American fashions and immigrant culture. A young businesswoman rediscovers the magic of love, family, and tradition as she fights to save her failing sari boutique in New Jersey…
“Dazzles you with a taste of Desi culture in America” – NYT bestselling author Caridad Pineiro
To offer you a glimpse into the Indian-American immigrant experience, I have set this story in New Jersey instead of India, but I have preserved my ethnic Indian cultural elements to bring you a distinctive story of an Indian woman born and raised in the U.S. I sincerely hope you enjoy this third book as much as you did my first two.
Pungent curry, sweet fried onions, fragrant incense, lush silk saris, and rare jewelry are the backdrop for this story. Set on the streets of Edison, New Jersey’s Little India, a young businesswoman rediscovers the magic of love, family, and heritage as she fights a valiant battle to save her failing sari boutique and tries to make a life-altering decision.
THE SARI SHOP WIDOW will be available at bookstores in the U.S. and Canada and all online booksellers. Orders can be placed at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, independent bookstores’ websites, and for readers in India on flipCart.com website.
Advance praise for THE SARI SHOP WIDOW:
What Reviewers are saying about “THE SARI SHOP WIDOW”
“Delightful through and through! THE SARI SHOP WIDOW is a wonderful, wonderful work of fiction that will add a new perspective and inner joy to a reader’s heart.”
~~~~ Book Illuminations
“I found it to be extremely fascinating . . . Shobhan Bantwal’s writing style is smoother than Chai tea and her story is just as refreshing!”
~~~~ Huntress Reviews
“This is a super ethnic family drama from an author who consistently provides readers with great profound novels . . . Shobhan Bantwal’s enjoyable novels are incredibly entertaining but also enlightening as the reader sips masala chai.”
~~~~ Harriet Klausner
“THE SARI SHOP WIDOW is a highly entertaining and informative novel . . . You are even sorry that it ends.
~~~~ Book Pleasure
THE SARI SHOP WIDOW by Shobhan Bantwal
For the second time in ten years her life was beginning to come apart. Anjali Kapadia stood still for a minute, trying to absorb the news. Could it possibly be a mistake? But it wasn’t; she’d heard it clearly. Despite her best efforts to curb it, the initial shock wave refused to ebb. The seemingly harmless bit of information was all it had taken to shatter the image of a satisfying lifestyle and career.
Her mind in overdrive, she started to pace the length of the tasteful and elegant boutique. Her boutique—her baby—her artistic and inventive skills put to optimum use in creating a fairytale store worthy of movie stars, models, and beauty queens.
Technically the business belonged to her and her parents as equal partners, but it was Anjali’s creativity and vision that had turned it into a classy and successful enterprise—at least until recently. It stood apart like a maharani, a queen amongst the ordinary, plain-vanilla sari and clothing shops of New Jersey’s “Little India.”