Troubador Mr Gupta's Hardware Store

Released: 28/08/2020

ISBN: 9781838594732

eISBN: 9781800467101

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Mr Gupta's Hardware Store


A migrant's tale

Set in 70s suburban London, the hardware store is the apple of Mr Gupta's eye, and he craves Englishness as much as Meera opposes it. She longs for home, India, although the issue of home becomes more complex as time goes on. Just where is it, and once uprooted can one ever truly belong anywhere? Chandu and Babita have their own battles to fight, and together the four become bound to a destiny over which they have little control...

By writing bird's-eye observations of people's lives and believing that the minutiae, the small things that occur often without note, are equally as important and life changing as huge catastrophic events, Karla sets out with passion and skill to bring them to light. Tugging at every known emotion the reader is transported both around the world and through time, to share and be a part of igniting something that will never be forgotten.

Beautifully detailed characters, in a vibrant culture. A.K Karla gives us a story about friendship, love and perseverance while overcoming the struggles of trying to assimilate into a new culture, and still holding onto your identity.

by NetGalley review

Mr Gupta's Hardware Store is a fantastic story about four Indian immigrants in 70s London. It focuses on Meera, Mr Gupta's wife and her struggle with not only her husband and but also her need to find a place she belongs. She travels back to India but even there she is not totally at peace. The story looks at relationships, how people can change, and how we can help people. I loved the characters and how much they grew in the story. The descriptions were so good that I could practically smell the exotic foods and feel the hot summer air. I look forward to reading more by this author.

by NetGalley review

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