|Sari Shop, the (2004) [Novel]|
by Rupa Bajwa
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(From the publisher):
It is another working day in Amritsar and Ramchand is late again. He runs through the narrow streets to Sevak Sari House in the heart of one of the city’s old bazaars. There, amongst the Bangladeshi cottons and Benaras silks, Ramchand and his fellow shop assistants will sit all day patiently rolling and unrolling yards of coloured fabric for wives and daughters of "status families" and for the giggling girls who dream of dressing up in silk but can only afford cotton.
But one afternoon Ramchand is sent to a new part of the city and is jolted out of the rhythm of his narrow daily life. His glimpse into this different work charges him with an urgent sense of possibility. And so, armed with two battered English grammar books, a fresh pair of socks and a bar of Lifebuoy soap he attempts to recapture the hope that his childhood had promised. But soon these efforts turn his life upside down, bringing him face to face with the cruelties on which his very existence depends.
Original title: The Sari Shop
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction