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Publisher's Summary

A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women's lives at all ages - a spicy and alluring mix of Together Tea and Calendar Girls.

Every woman has a secret life....

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected - and exciting - kind.

As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community's "moral police". But when the widows' gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife - a modern woman like Nikki - and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.

©2017 Balli Kaur Jaswal (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Meera Syal is a wonderful choice as narrator because her British accent and mastery of an ironic tone make the most of the lively descriptions and Nikki's sardonic interior monologues.... For those who are unfamiliar with Sikh culture or this part of London, this is an informative and entertaining listening experience." (AudioFile)

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Funny and insightful

Learning about other cultures, our differences and similarities is such a pleasure. This books brings such life to the Sikh community - the good and the bad- like all communities there are different points of view and constant change.
The stories and the telling of the stories brought life to the characters and to women's fantasies in such a sensual way.
Meera Syal also does a fantastic job at narration - the perfect choice for the juxtaposition between the English and Punjabi perspectives and language.
Such fun and warmth. Thankyou for a wonderful book.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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A Story about Stories

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book to friends. It was an entertaining read with perfect narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows?

The short stories within the novel are the most memorable. They are erotic, but they are also funny at times.

Which scene was your favorite?

I'm not sure I have a favorite scene. This is a well-written novel with many scenes, and many good ones.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is a difficult question to answer without revealing spoilers, and I hate to give away anything from a novel in my reviews. This novel is more of a fun read, but there are some serious moments.

Any additional comments?

The title of this novel is genius. It immediately catches the reader's eye. However, this is much more than a few erotic short stories. This is a novel about short stories and the power of them. This is a novel about women. This is a novel about oppression. I could go on and on because this is a novel about many things. I put it in the same category as Eleanor Oliphant, which I also enjoyed a lot. This is a 4.5 star book, and I almost rounded up to 5 all the way across. The narration is great. The story is great. I do recommend.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Great story with THE BEST narration!

I did enjoy the story. However, this is the first audiobook I've read (and I've read alot) where the narration should have more stars than the story! It was perfect!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A great read

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the story and of course the stories. The reader was really good. I would listen to other books read by her.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great read

I loved the plot and how the author took her turn on liberalizing ladies in the London Indian community by giving the narrative to the widows. Loads of interesting ideas packaged neatly into an easy read / listen sessions.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic!

A must listen. The audiobook brings wonderful characters to life increasing the pleasure of the masterful storyline.

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Eat pray love blended with Shantaram with a dose of Bridget Jones

One of my favorite books of all time. Unlike other Indian fiction these days. It is heartwarmingly heartbreakingly authentic including slang. For reference: Sat Siri Akal is a greeting which means "May you have a long blessed life". It is a listen you don't want to miss.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Erotic stories and great plot twists!

What did you love best about Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows?

The surprising plot twists.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows?

Either when the woman tied the mechanic down on the hood of the car and had her way with him or the tailor who had an lover made out of bolts of clothe.

What does Meera Syal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I never would have experienced Punjabi widows sexual fantasies.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I had an extreme reaction to this book. We will just leave it at that.

Any additional comments?

This is 50/50 plot and eroticism. It made for a good balance, but not something to listen to with the kids.

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Cute & Saucy

What a delightful erotic story. Full of humor and intrigue. Yes, explicit bits, but done in quite good taste. Books like this could make erotica mainstream.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Ok

Wish I read it instead of listening to it. Wonder if I would have enjoyed it more.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful