Ramchand, a tired shop assistant in Sevak Sari House in Amritsar, spends his days patiently showing yards of fabric to the women of "status families" and to the giggling girls who dream of dressing up in silk but can only afford cotton.
When Ramchand is sent to show his wares to a wealthy family preparing for their daughter's wedding, he is jolted out of the rhythm of his narrow daily life. His glimpse into a different world gives him an urgent sense of possibility. And so he attempts to recapture the hope that his childhood had promised, arming himself with two battered English grammar books, a fresh pair of socks, and a bar of Lifebuoy soap. But soon these efforts turn his life upside down, bringing him face to face with the cruelties on which his very existence depends. Reading group guide included....Continua
This book is set within the american-indian community where a sari-shop owners falls in love with a business party who is helping her family to save the shop. The story had real potential but it was a traditional romance novel in the end- formulaic, predictable and little depth to the characters. The romance developed quickly with little evidence of the growing emotion of the parties and the main character's emotional responses were bizarre overreactions--the type you read in romance novels but that don't really happen in real life.
It was an easy read but written no better than a commercial romance novel and I was disappointed since it had sounded so promising....Continua