The Private Life of Mrs Sharma

The Private Life of Mrs Sharma

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MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION (POST C 1945). 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.
Publisher: 2015. ,
[London] : 2016. Bloomsbury,
ISBN: 9781408873656
Branch Call Number: AF KAPU

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acl200 May 31, 2017

I was surprised by how engrossed I got in her rationales, decisions, and then - outcome! I liked that the drivers for what she did were not always external and the reversals of decisions that are so universal. The tale and the mood set stayed with me for a few days and later once I was free of the spell I could see why things didn't make sense - but that is a reality of life, what someone can use to justify something they want but know is wrong.

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Margush
Apr 22, 2017

This book is amazing. The character is so believable and her story is very well told. She is certainly the silliest woman on Earth, but through explaining her reasons to make certain decisions and to take certain actions, she makes herself and you, as a reader, to believe that there is some logic in how she lives. But the truth is - there isn't. Mrs. Sharma is morally corrupt and being a "respectable woman", as she describes herself, she has no real understanding about the consequences her actions lead to. The book teaches you a lot of things. Not only that yes, there are some plainly stupid people with no moral compass live among us, but also the way those people think and justify their bad deeds. How often we ask ourselves - how so and so can behave like that and pretend it's normal? Well, it's because from their viewpoint, they do nothing wrong. Sad but true. Highly recommend this book - easy to read, beautifully written and very interesting.

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Jersey_Girl
Mar 29, 2017

I gave this book 1 star. Mrs. Sharma is an incredibly stupid and foolish woman.

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dblittle
Mar 06, 2017

This book was a fast read. The ending was a whopper - didn't see it coming!

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