What is your favorite genre of books?
As a book blogger, I get this question a lot. Initially, it confused me, then I realized that any book that shares something new and different with me becomes my genre. For book recommendations, I started following Reese Witherspoon’s book club, and that introduced to one of the best reads of 2018, Balli Kaur Jaiswal’s Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. A book that is so unique and explores the identities of Punjabi widows in a completely new light!
The story of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows revolves around Nikki, who takes up a job to teach Creative Writing to Punjabi Widows based in Southall. She starts with a vision of emancipating the women of the community she left behind as a self-important teenager, but she is shocked to realize that under the modesty of those white dupattas, these women have experiences that she hasn’t even heard about. The women start to open up to each other about their womanhood, sexuality and the dark secrets within the community. Even though the nature of the class puts them in danger, they still carry on, in a way of pushing the social norms and prejudices of being a widow away.
Along with Nikki, the background of the story revolves around Kulwinder, who has lost her daughter recently to a horrific incident. Even when she knows the truth, she cannot go to the police and speak about it openly. It’s only when she meets Nikki, a new sort of energy comes into her, the energy to fight against wrong, to stand up for her family and break the shackles of being a Punjabi Widow under a white dupatta.
Everything in this book has been so brilliantly written that I can’t even begin to explain. The characters will stay with you, and the storyline is absolutely terrific! It will keep you hooked to your reading chair till the end. The plot was very surprising so it was a like cherry on the top of a perfect cake.
The only thing that I can say is that if you haven’t read the Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows yet, it’s a major loss. As for the ratings, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows doesn’t need one. It stands out as a strong story and it’s simply fantastic!