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Halfway Up the Mountain

by Kiran Khalap
£8.95   paperback  Marion Boyars Publishers (2005)

Halfway Up the Mountain by Kiran Khalap Your mother now forces you to wear a sari. The one you wear when the boy comes down from Bombay to "see you" is bright yellow. It is 1956, less than a decade since the first man in your life left without a forwarding address. Now you have to tie your fate to another, a stranger.
 
You peek at your husband-to-be while he slurps tea from a saucer smelling of Lifebuoy soap. Pockmarked face, sharp nose, thin body, thick curly hair. "Ravindra", your elder brother whispers his name to you. Your father-in-law, Shantaram Patil a.k.a. Nana, in Terycot trousers and nylon shirt, with big gold ring warmed by the beedi held upright between the last two fingers, mising tobacco smoke and air for a better kick, snaps his fingers to encourage the ash to submit to gravity, and mother-in-law, Mai, in a nine-yard sari, splayed toes with toe-rings and high-pitched voices, encourage him to ask questions of you...

ISBN 13: 9780714531137 | ISBN 10: 0714531138

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