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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows Audiobook

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

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Publisher's Summary

Hilarious and heartwarming, an East-meets-West novel for fans of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul.

Every woman has a secret life....

When Nikki takes a creative writing job at her local temple, with visions of emancipating the women of the community she left behind as a self-important teenager, she's shocked to discover a group of barely literate women who have no interest in her ideals.

Yet to her surprise, the white dupatta of the widow hides more than just their modesty - these are women who have spent their lives in the shadows of fathers, brothers and husbands, being dutiful, raising children and going to temple, but whose inner lives are as rich and fruitful as their untold stories. But as they begin to open up to each other about womanhood, sexuality and the dark secrets within the community, Nikki realises that the illicit nature of the class may place them all in danger.

East meets West and tradition clashes with modernity in a thought-provoking cross-cultural novel that might make you look again at the women in your life.

©2017 Balli Kaur Jaswal (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Big-hearted, earthy and funny: turns so many preconceptions upside down and opens up a world that so many of us have only glimpsed. A rattlingly good story." (Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
"Compulsive, funny and wonderfully original - this novel glows with witty sensuality. I love it." (Helen Lederer, author of Losing It)
"Poignant, intelligent yet wickedly funny - a delightful read that reignites one's belief in the power of sisterhood." (June Sarpong)

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  • Louise Ramshaw
    3/20/17
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    "Laugh out loud funny"


    I absolutely loved this audiobook. It was a perfect combination of storyteller and narrator. Even though there were some serious subjects, the book was upbeat and enjoyable. It really was laugh out loud funny. A rare gem!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rozemarijn
    4/7/17
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    "Enjoyable story with some depth"

    Lovely book with a bit of everything. I liked the cross culture storyline. The main characters seemed real and sympathetic.
    The story is a bit suprising and not to predictable. Light enough and real enough.

    The erotic stories were suprisingly poetic and well read. A real achievement.

    There is real heartfelt drama and also fear. Many funny "parts" and real human dilemma's. I fully recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    up north, UK
    4/1/17
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    "brilliant performance"

    Meera Syal's performance brings this book and it's characters to life. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith should give this book a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suswati
    9/13/17
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    "Interesting, a little repetitive"

    I wasn't sure what to expect with this bizarrely named novel, and I was slightly worried it would be some Karma Sutra style book but it was nothing of the kind.

    A group of old Punjabi women attend an English language class run by a British Asian young woman who mistakenly brings in an erotic book one day. It opens up a world of sensuous pleasure for the women, who are normally quite conservative about such topics.

    While it's quite a novelty and funny at the beginning, the stories become repetitive and it becomes a little boring. The honour crime story was far more interesting and I wish there was more focus on that side instead of turning it in to a Gurinder Chadha type of novel. The stories are meant to open up other aspects of the community such as arranged marriages and the impact of honour - but it just doesn't seem to connect that well.

    The protagonist Nicky is great though who reflects many British Asians growing up with dual cultures. Good but not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harriet Ellis
    8/3/17
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    "Just wonderful"

    I adored this book it made me feel happy and hopeful.

    The narrator is always brilliant and she really brings a book alive whether it's her own or in this case someone else's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/24/17
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    "Under the dupatta"

    This surely makes Asian women to be viewed in a different light. Meera Syal reading is very descriptive and accented well. This book shows that even after the death of your partner life goes on and needs to for most of us. A very well written book with detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    norfolk england
    6/12/17
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    "Not what you expect."

    Enjoyed immensely.
    Entertaining and enlightening about Punjabi life and customs set in Londonwith a dark twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss S Attarid
    6/3/17
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    "Loved it!"

    As a Pakistani woman the cultural references reminded me of 'home". It made me laugh as well as made me sad. A great listen, hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Libby
    5/2/17
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    "Wonderful Surprise"

    A gripping story from beginning to end, with surprising twists along the way. A joyful read that I would happily recommend to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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