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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

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A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women’s lives at all ages—a spicy and alluring mix of Together Tea and Calendar Girls.

Every woman has a secret life . . .

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distan
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by William Morrow (first published March 9th 2017)
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Bethany Mayo no. All the sex is consensual. it is a mystery and a little bit of a thriller, so there is some violence but it does not occur in any sort of sexual…moreno. All the sex is consensual. it is a mystery and a little bit of a thriller, so there is some violence but it does not occur in any sort of sexual situations. (less)

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Paromjit
This novel is a real revelation of the immigrant experience and community set in Southall, London. Nikki is a independent woman, law school dropout, protester, caught between the traditional values of her punjabi home and her more natural inclination to adhere to the more modern feminist agenda. She is living above a pub on a peppercorn rent where she works as bartender. She is skint, pondering her future, and against all her natural instincts, goes to a Southall temple to post a flyer about her ...more
PorshaJo
Rating 4.5

Oh my! This one was completely unexpected. The title....I thought, surely it does not contain erotic stories. But it did...and I listened to this one via audio! Thankfully, I was home alone cleaning while I listened. I so enjoy reading anything about India and Indian culture and when I saw this one, I knew I had to read it.

Nikki is a young, modern Punjabi Indian girl living in London. Her parents, immigrants, want the best for her. Her father wanted her to be a lawyer and go to law sch
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Victoria
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You will never look at ghee the same way again!

The title hooked me, but it’s the story of the inner lives of these widows, all in perpetual mourning, that completely beguiled. What is advertised as a literacy class for women becomes an exploration of sexual experiences and desires and the author does a wonderful job of weaving their erotic stories into the narrative. At times rather amusing--the women’s use of produce to describe anatomy for instance--it is also touching and thought-provoking.
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

First let me take a moment to say that I carried this around for TWO DAYS at work and not one person asked me what I was reading. I can’t get in the stinking elevator or make a cup of coffee any other day without someone asking that question, but when I’m sitting on a goldmine of awkward title????? Nope . . . .



I don’t know how I planted the idea in my own head that this was going to be like The Joy Luck Club, but I sure enough though
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Carol (Bookaria)
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fiction
The story revolves mainly around Nikki, a first-generation Punjabi, born and raised in England. She's a law-school dropout trying to earn some extra money by signing up to teach creative-writing classes at the Sikh temple. What she doesn't know is that the students she gets are mostly illiterate Punjabi widows looking to kill the boredom and routine by engaging in lively, oral, sexy storytelling... And this is where the fun begins.

Of course, that's not all that there is to the story, it also de
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Elyse Walters
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love, sex, intimacy, and community.
What’s not to like?
How about oppression- or violence against women?

Punjabi widows didn’t like being thought of as chopped liver. Could you blame them?

Lots of fun, laughter & sexy steam...
but it’s also a kaleidoscope of deeper themes to explore...
....a hidden culture and religious traditions ....
....secrets kept & why...
....education, (older illiterate women),
....arrange marriages,... and why would modern women choose it today?
....a single Punjabi wid
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Megan Johnson
This is the second book from "Reese's Book Club" that I've picked up, and the second that I was expecting to be blown away by. Unfortunately, this one fell a bit short to me. The premise sounded amazing and liberating and everything you want when reading a take on a culture that's less familiar to you. Instead, this felt forced and cliche and so predictable that I caught myself wondering if I should even bother finishing it.

That being said, it was an enjoyable enough read. It was different from
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Taryn Pierson
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Admit it: that title caught your eye, didn’t it? If you’re one of those people who “doesn’t read romance,” let me quickly say before you tune out that this book has so much going on beyond the steamy stuff. There are generational clashes, sisterly complications, challenges to gender roles, and even an unsolved crime. This is one of those books that is hard to categorize because it does so many things (and does them all really well).

(Also, if you don’t read romance, why do you hate fun?)

Nikki is
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Cathrine ☯️
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cathrine ☯️ by: Jennifer
4 🍆🍆🍆🍆 s
Culture, mystery, family expectations, and community among women providing acceptance and support to one another in an adopted country offering them the most important thing—choice. The author “wanted to write about this place, and to explore the idea of women defying expectations and rewriting their own narratives.” Success!
All this with healthy servings of vegetables which health organizations tell us should be a minimum of 3 per day. “There’s a blurry line between imagination and real
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Emma
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story with many themes. It is set around the Sikh community of Southall, London. It addresses the difficulties for young British Sikhs, born and raised here and developing different values to their Indian born parents. It covers levels of illiteracy within the Sikh community, the gossip,lack of privacy and repressive quality within, but also the incredible support network that it can be. We get to think about the pros and cons of arranged marriages. There is a darker undertone t ...more
Ammar
This novel transports the reader from wherever they are reading to Southall and it's Punjabi population. One can smell the spices and look at the colourful saris and fabrics in stalls and bazaars. While at the same time, one can look at the dichotomous us vs them paradigm that plagued humanity since the beginning of time.

Where people who are similar are friends or feel safe, while the other who is different is a sort of an enemy or a nuisance at least.

The narrator Nikki, a London born and bree
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Jennifer
“His throbbing organ was the color and size of an aubergine and as she gripped it with her hands and guided it to her mouth he became so excited that his knees began to shake...” Nikki gasped and dropped the pages on the desk. The women were laughing loudly now and their voices had begun to echo down the corridor.
“What's the matter?”
“This is not the type of story I had in mind.”
Oh yeah - this book is full of dirty old women. Actually...back up and let me take the "dirty" out of that state
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Pri Srinivasa
HANDS DOWN BEST BOOK I HAVE READ ABOUT BEING BROWN IN MY LIFE

wow this book was revolutionary. ever questioned why aunties judged us but havent come to terms with our own judgement of aunties? assumed they were sexless? assumed that they were frustrated? tried to diagnose them? the author in this book handed me a god damn mirror and made me think about honor, sex, judgement, and being indian. i could not put the book down- i read it in 1 day. the story is about a desi girl named nikki who dropped
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Laura
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I loved, loved, LOVED this book and am now furiously recommending it to everyone as the best summer read of 2017. Set in the Punjabi enclave of Southall in London, it takes a careful and entertaining look at the many issues faced by women living in that community.

Nikki is a young British-Punjabi woman who isn’t quite sure what to do with her life. She dropped out of her law degree to her parents’ horror, and then made the highly controversial decision to leave the family home to live alone abov
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Jennifer
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, then!

I hadn't heard of this book until Reese Witherspoon named it as her book club choice for the month. Intrigued, I decided to give it a try.

There are a few overlapping storylines, but the primary premise involves Nikki a 22-year old first-generation Punjabi woman living in London who has dropped out of law school and doesn't quite know what she wants to do with her life. One day at her Shik temple, she sees an advertisement for a creative writing teaching position. She's hired for the j
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Jo (An Unexpected Book Hoarder)
"His throbbing organ was the color and size of an aubergine and as she gripped it with her hands and guided it to her mouth he became so excited that his knees began to shake."

I'll start as I mean to go on here. That is the kind of erotic stories that the punjabi widows in this book create. I'll say, that I was in a rather busy staff room when I read that part, and I think it caused my coffee to go down the wrong pipe.
This story is about an adult literary class that rather quickly turns into an
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Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

You know when you pick up a book because it was a suggestion by a celebrity and you're not really sure what to expect? This was the case for me with this book. I picked it up because Reese Witherspoon's book club pick was Erotic Stores for Punjabi Widows for the month of March. When I read the synopsis I thought hmm this will be different. And it was...in a good way!

This story is about a lot of different kinds of Punjabi women trying to find their way. It's set in London but also referen
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Eilonwy
When law-school dropout Nikki takes a part-time job teaching writing at a London gurdwara, she expects the women to write stories -- but not the kind that they turn out to be eager to tell! The classes draw her deeper into contact with her family’s Sikh faith, but also into the paths of Kulwinder, who runs the gurdwara’s women’s outreach program and is rigid in her expectations but also bent with grief for her dead daughter, and the Brotherhood, a group of young men who find importance as self-d
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Smitha
This book was weird and confusing from the outset
1. The title :
Something which will make me a bit hesitant to say out loud and display in front of other people... though not exactly a prude, I don't relish people ( except GR brethren) thinking I read porn / erotica
2. Thought it was a collection of erotic stories in the hue of 50 shades or somewhat and stayed away from it..till I read a glowing review somewhere else
It amused me to think that Punjabi widows needed a separate set of erotic stori
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K.J. Charles
A terrifically fun read. Nikki is a British Sikh, a modern feminist university dropout, who is recruited to teach a literacy class for women (the Punjabi widows of the title). It turns hilariously into an erotica-writing collective. We get a romance, a variety of women's stories, a glorious lot of female friendship across ages and cultures, and some darker strands to do with male oppression and "honour" violence in the community.

I felt the murder plot was a bit on the thin side, and perhaps the
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Erica
I think I've mentioned my love of British domestic fiction a time or two. I'm drawn to the overall happiness of the genre, even though the characters usually have to go through a good deal of misery on their journeys. It's often written like fluff but there always seem to be underlying themes that niggle at the brain long after the book is closed and put away. I think this falls snugly within those parameters and has proved to me, again, that this is totally my cup of tea. I get why this was the ...more
Maria Hill AKA MH Books
Well this was a fun and interesting read. This is my very first book having Punjabi and/or Sikh characters as the main protagonists.

Nikki is British born of Punjabi parents and to their consternation is single, lives alone, works in a Pub and embraces Western values. Her older sister on the other hand has more tradition Punjabi values and is looking for an arranged marriage. Like the child of most emigrants Nikki finds herself caught between the two worlds (India and England) and never quite be
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Emily
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a charming story about a young woman from a Sikh family in London who is hired to teach an English writing class but ends up helping a group of Punjabi widows write erotic stories. I really wanted to like it more since it did a lot of things I like books to do-- it taught me about another culture, it made me think, it addressed feminism in an interesting and compelling way-- but I didn't love the writing and I just never really settled into the story. Liked but didn't love.
Marianne
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It would be easier to be a criminal fairly prosecuted by the law than an Indian daughter who wronged her family. A crime would be punishable by a jail sentence of definite duration rather than this uncertain length of family guilt trips.”

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows is the third novel by Singapore-born author, Balli Kaur Jaswal. Twenty-two-tear-old Nikki Grewal has found a job teaching creative writing to Punjabi women for the Sikh Community Association at the Southall Temple. This is a we
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Megan C.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! Hands-down, one of the funniest, best, most well-narrated audiobooks I've listened to in ages. NOTE: There are some STEAMY scenes in the stories the widows write and share - I'm normally not into that, but in this novel, it didn't bother me a bit. The narration is absolutely fantastic - I laughed until my sides hurt as the widows contemplated the best vegetables and/or fruits to use as descriptions for lady bits and man-parts. Serious laugh until you cry moments here, folks. I would t ...more
Sandy MMG
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So my reading goal on June, was to read only books that were picked by Reese Witherspoons bookclub, therefore I read The Light we Lost, The Last Mrs. Parrish and Little Fires Everywhere and all of them were 5 stars books to me. However, I had my doubts with this one, because once I read the plot and the general premise, it didnt immediately catch my attention, cause I thought it was just a couple of old ladies talking raunchy and that was it. But considering my junes reading theme I gave it a ch ...more
Didi
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Today my book club met to discuss our second book of the 2018-2019 school year, Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows. The discussion was short but rich. There was an overall consensus that Jaswal did an excellent job depicting the complexity of the Indian community in Southall. Nikki the main character of the story is a young modern Indian origin woman looking for her correct path in life. Go to 👉🏾 browngirlreading.com for the rest.
Doug
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5, rounded up.

This is rather an uneasy mix of romance, murder mystery, and feminist diatribe, but it all almost works. It's quick and breezy, but somewhat generic at the same time, despite the 'exoticism' of the Sikh/Indian milieu. And for a work of a major publisher, it is shockingly poorly copyedited, with missing, repeated and misspelled words scattered throughout.
Michael Mills
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Full disclosure: I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.

As a person who spends much of his days reading science fiction, crime and graphic novels, I've got a lot of time for someone who wants to stand up and defend a much-maligned genre. Here, Balli Kaur Jaswal makes the case for erotica as a liberating medium that allows (primarily) women to explore their agency and embrace their sexuality. The popular distaste for erotica – E. L. James's prose style asi
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Xueting
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So well-written and so much fun to read!!! The author tackles realistic and serious issues that Punjabi women face in modern-day England - marriage, honour, immigration, tradition vs modernity - with poignant humour. I laughed so much while reading. I love all the female characters here, it’s refreshing to learn more about the cultural experiences of Punjabi women (and widows) from the light perspective of pleasure! Yes, be prepared for some actual, all-out, explicit erotic stories in this book! ...more
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Balli Kaur Jaswal is the author of Inheritance (2013, 2016), a universal story of family, identity and belonging, and Sugarbread (2016), a story about fitting in and confronting the past (and a finalist for the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize), both dealing with the Punjabi Sikh community in Singapore. Born in Singapore and raised in Japan, Russia and the Philippines, she studied creative writing ...more
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