@iamreadomania’s delightful read by Anjana Basu, becomes a reason to share my reading nook! 🙌
Except for Queenie mashi, who wore ‘formal weaves and silks’, all of Shreya’s ‘nymphet aunts’ dressed up in billowing chiffons.
In fact, Bubbles mashi had acquired a ‘fine line of chiffon sarees and complemented their transparency with low cut blouses.’ I spent my Sunday in the elegant and equally intriguing world of aunts and nieces, peppered with a generous cocktail of parties and surprise trips abroad, and delectable witty turn of phrase! The world of ‘Conspiracy of Aunts’. Spotted some very familiar faces too! ☺️ A world of chaise lounges, Chintz curtains and egg shell porcelain with a painted Geisha’s face, accompanied with Darjeeling tea - a seemingly blessed, yet delightfully flawed family! Whose isn’t!? 😜
Not all innocence and Victorian hedges here though- Machiavellian plotting too in good measure! The nephew-in-law and Shreya’s aunts, a curious cocktail of Bhadralok’s refined intrigues and playful shenanigans informs the plot of Anjana Basu’s, latest.
Shunu and Sreya are divorced and still in love. Divided by their egos and an uptight second wife, with the background music of conspiring aunts who want them to be together - either through one’s cushions or the other’s attempts at hacking, is the texture of the read. 😀
As fickle and fun as the aunts may be, especially Bubbles Mashi, the book isn’t a frivolous write or read. The plot thickening in the middle and the action swooping from Calcutta to London and even Russia, with characters whose card reads ‘ Gentleman, Artist and Jailbird’, swinging or not, this 60s era novel is an easy-peasy, breezy read that will make you forget the word exists away from dainty cushion covers, aunt’s machinations and Lobster bisques! Lighten up!
Also, reading nooks are underrated, no? A Sunday well spent. Share your current read. •
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