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Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal
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Nov 25, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009-reads, south-asia, asian-am-can-lit
Read in April, 2009

Excellent book with fabulous descriptions of life in 1960s Bombay (India). This book follows the lives of the Mittal family and their servants--largely their present, but with very important insights into their pasts. And woven in is a ghost (spirit) story. I found the descriptions of the lives of women in various stages of their lives/from various walks of life to be fascinating (girl, young unmarried woman, young married woman, married woman, widow, married servant, unmarried servant) to be fascinating. The lives of men (boys, servants, young unmarried men, married men) are also well described.

The story itself pulls all these lives together and shows how intertwined they have become over the years; as well as how any one person's fortunes or hopes can change so quickly.

Great characters, great story.
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