Acquired via BookCrossing 04 May 2008 – at a Kitchen Garden Cafe mini-meet

An elegant lament for the lost way of life in Kashmir, peppered with descriptions of the relgious violence which has torn this once-united region apart. Koul’s life is fairly typical of a post-war Hindu girl, with school, college and the marriage market – although she gets herself into the Indian Civil Service and finds her own husband (or he finds her). Luminous, semi-mythical descriptions of gods and tiger ladies mingle with prosaic details of life with her beloved grandparents, and the descriptions of immigrant life in America, with dual-culture daughters, are thoughtful and elegaic too.