Troubador Maple and Spice

Released: 28/06/2018

ISBN: 9781789013399

eISBN: 9781789011692

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Maple and Spice


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

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