Troubador Maple and Spice

Released: 28/06/2018

ISBN: 9781789013399

eISBN: 9781789011692

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Maple and Spice

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Monisha Bastikar is twenty-seven years old and has just finished medical school in Vermont. She has three shining goals: to become a wife, a mother and a board-certified Physician. But time is running out, the men in her community are taken and residency at the prestigious St Anthony’s is just around the corner. 

Monisha’s over-ambitious mother Leela tells her all is not lost, for in India there 
are millions of men. Monisha opts for an arranged marriage, leaving her best friend Tina completely bewildered. Mrs Bastikar and her feisty younger sister Aunt Romila trawl through the Mumbai Matrimonials and shortlist Shailesh Kulkarni, a dashing surgeon, with glittering career prospects. On paper he appears to be the perfect match and Monisha can’t believe her luck.

But all is not what it seems and Monisha is faced with some difficult choices. Should she break with cultural traditions and find love the American way, or should she compromise and keep her family happy? 

The search for love takes Monisha on an eventful journey tinged with heartbreak and loss, from Vermont to Mumbai and back again. Eventually she abandons all hope and throws herself into her career. But will she sit back and wait for a prince to rescue her or will she find the courage to rescue herself? 

Maple and Spice is a light-hearted, tragi-comic romp through love and relationships in the twenty-first, century. It also explores the themes of cultural identity, female empowerment and self- fulfilment.

As an ardent Indophile, this book has much to commend. An interesting and bittersweet tale of an ambitious young doctor trying to balance a nascent medical career, find love and start a family, all whilst attempting to keep her extended family in two countries happy and complying with her expected cultural norms.
An enjoyable maiden novel.

by Duncan Renn


I read this book knowing virtually nothing about Indian culture. By the time I finished it I knew quite a bit more! I found it to be very informative.
But more than that, it was hillariously funny (real laughing out loud stuff) yet in places achingly sad. A rollercoaster of emotions, this story took me on quite a journey both geographically and emotionally. Several times I found myself thinking: No, you're going in the wrong direction, come back! But of course it made no difference ... us humans are all prone to errors of judgement.
Read this book and go on the same journey I did ... it's well worth it. It ends on a positive note and left me wanting more so I'm now awaiting the sequel !!! I just hope there will be one to see if my own predictions are right!

by Merrill George


A really enjoyable book. A great central character and good supporting characters. Easy and pleasurable to read, but orginal and not predictable and kept me turning the pages. A good and modern take on the "romance" genre.

by Freya M


A fun enjoyable read. Lovely central character, easy to identify with and root for when she marries a bad un! Explores the pressures and uncertainties we all face but with a welcome injection of humour. Recommended.

by Becca


A touching book with beautiful characters that the author made you feel we’re true to life, vivid and honest. The storyline captured your mind and transports you to a different country and way of life where ancient customs and rituals play a huge part in modern life. Sad and poignant at times but with some fantastic life lessons and an insight into a world of hope and high expectations. A must read from a fabulous new author.

by Gayle Goldstein (via NetGalley)


Lovely easy read, ideal book to take on holiday. The main character is very believable and likeable and her struggle with trying to get the perfect marriage, family and career is something that many women can relate to at some time in their lives. Beautifully written the writer takes you to different countries and cultures- you can picture the film already! Would love to know what happens to Monisha next.

by Hafina Sharpe


A very enjoyable book that was easy reading and kept me turning the pages. Highly recommend as a holiday read.

by Annie


One book I couldn’t put down. Totally hooked from the start. Really feel for the main character such a lot to go through. Was upset to get to the end. Can’t wait for the next one by this author hope there’s a follow on x

by Caroline


I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and found it almost impossible to put down! It was a wonderful read- interesting, entertaining, poignant and funny all at the same time. The author took the reader on a journey to India and the USA and was able to beautifully immerse the reader in Monisha’s world. It was a most engaging book and I really hope the author treats us to another one soon.

by Ankita Roy


I really enjoyed this book and following Monisha through her adventures in pursuit of true love. The author really brings the characters to life and the descriptions of how suitors are found in arranged marriages and how the ceremony is organised were so interesting. I loved the descriptions of life in Mumbai. The story is very humorous although, not wanting to give too much away, there are episodes of heartbreak. I was sorry when the story came to an end and curious to know what happens to Monisha next.

by SaraE


A very enjoyable book it made it very hard to put it down because the story made you interested it made you want read on to see what happens to her. Hope to to be able read the next book to find what else happens to her. It is a book I would recommend to read.




by Rose mahony


'Maple and Spice' by Moushmi Biswas is a captivating saga of the confusion and dilemma faced by the so called 'second generation immigrants', in cultures across the world. They sometimes sincerely try to balance the demands of their ancestral culture with those of the land where they live and in the process go through a great deal of struggle and mental turmoil.

This novel is a truly engaging saga of that constant struggle, presented from the perspective of the protagonist, a 'second generation immigrant' girl of Indian origin.

I invite all my book loving friends to embark on a wonderful journey by starting to explore this novel.

by Rabirashmi Ghosh


Such a beautifully written book. A real page turner that carries you away to another life. The main character deals with many issues that women think about or have to contend with in life. She does this with her head held high and you can't help but befriend her through the book. I can't wait for the next chapter.

by Julie Lee


A light hearted read but does outline the serious issues related to arranged marriages and complex cultural issues. Relationships and family life are never easy and juggling this with a full time career can cause further headaches. This book highlights that both can be achieved if you have the necessary drive and determination

by LW


Excellent book. Enjoyed the story line. I feel their could be another book as a follow on. It's was easy to read. I loved the characters in the book.

by Jane haines


An enjoyable, easy read with some great characters. Will there be a sequel?

by Sian Ward


Wow, what a read. Loved both the central plot and the characters. I was held captive by each page and wanted more and the author delivered. For a first novel the prose was engaging and the story line flowed seamlessly from each chapter. I found myself constantly smiling as Monisha; the central character was challenged not only by the men in her life but perhaps more so, her over bearing Mother and the expectations of her traditional India culture. Monisha, the westernized doctor looking for true love in the USA, versus the sub-continent arranged marriage (internet dating is not dissimilar) with the 'ticking clock' forever in the back of her mind. This novel was a cross culture roller coaster ride of happiness and disappointment. The author's writing style allowed you to be sympathetic to the central character and her choices because that's how life can be. There are some serious social issues which the author explores and at the same time it had elements of a Nick Hornby novel with a Bollywood bent. A stellar effort for a first novel.

by JR


Maple and Spice by Moushmi Biswas takes you on a heart-warming journey through the life of a young doctor aspiring to have a perfect balance of career, relationship and a family. The novel presents an excellent narration of how life decisions can unfold consequences that are sometimes sweet and sometimes bitter. The story-line developed beautifully around the central theme of the cultural rift that exists within generations of an Indian community settled in the West, is original, realistic and truly captivating. The novel covers all; Career, culture, relationships, ego, deceit, grit and so on, in a spicy mix which is hard to put down once you start. A must read for those who like ‘food for thought’ presented in a delightful platter!
I am looking for more to come from this author……………

by Gurudutt Naik


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