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The Sari Shop Widow

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,692 ratings  ·  209 reviews
Since becoming a widow at age twenty-seven, Anjali Kapadia has devoted herself to transforming her parents' sari shop into a chic boutique, brimming with exquisite jewelry and clothing. Now, ten years later, it stands out like a proud maharani amid Edison's bustling Little India. But when Anjali learns the shop is on the brink of bankruptcy, she feels her world ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published 2009)
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Katherine Coble
Feb 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
This was a terrible book.

What makes it even worse was that, unlike most of the folks who seem to have reviewed it, I paid actual money for it on my Kindle.


--The lead character was extremely unsympathetic.

--The story structure was slipshod at best. Example: We don't read one sentence about how much she grieves for and misses her husband until sixty percent of the way through the story. At that point it feels like (yet another) unnecessary roadblock the author throws up in order to keep
Manjul Bajaj
I got this book as a Goodreads First Reads win. The cover and title had suggested a certain gravitas so I was a bit distressed to discover that what arrived in the mail looked quite decisively like chick lit. Now chick lit has Least Favoured Genre status in my life and I was tempted to simply not read it. But having been on the other side of Giveaways I know what silence feels like and decided to read and review it any way. And as it happened, it turned out to be a pleasant enough experience.

Ronak Gajjar
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, it's sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo long I have been back here but writing this review will just explode my all the frustration about not able to read books nowadays and basically starting again with this was probably a stupid idea.
Sep 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-read-again
This book was a big disappointment for me. I expected so much more and something so much better.

I have been interested in this culture and especially the clothing for a few months now and I though that this book would be a perfect read for me. It was not to be. Throughout this book I kept wanting to toss it out of the window; however, had I done so I would have been out one very expensive Kindle reading devise.

As I was reading this book, I had to keep telling myself that this book is about a
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: secular-fiction
I signed up for the 2010 South Asian Author Challenge to expose myself to books and authors I would not ordinarily be exposed to. This book was on the list of authors and titles that fulfill the challenge requirements: to read a book by a South Asian author that deals with South Asia in some way.

I devoured this novel, hoping for a bit of an inside look into Indian culture. Instead, I found a chick-lit story with a few Indian terms thrown in. Though the main character runs a sari shop, I felt she
Jaideep Khanduja

Book Review: The Sari Shop Widow: A Spicy Pick With Many Twists

This interesting book titled The Sari Shop Widow has been written by Shobhan Bantwal.

Anjali Kapadia is a 37 years old widow and is not too sexy but still is substantially attractive to grab attention of any man around her age. Anjali lost her husband 10 years back due to brain aneurysm, only two years after their marriage. That was the biggest shock for Anjali and her parents. They had a love
Tara Chevrestt
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I think this author has a decent writing style, but in this case, the plot was non existent. You want me to spend two days reading about a woman with a failing business? That's it. That's all there is to it.. ?

Anjali is a widow. I don't know why. Her widowhood really played no role in the story. She only occasionally and very rarely thinks about or misses her former husband so I don't know why she was made a widow except to explain the fact she is middle aged and unmarried. ? She lives at home
Mar 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Captivating story and an easy read. Made me goto oak tree road and indulge in some good Indian spicy food and shopping.
Bidisha R
Jul 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
literary garbage.

garbage was picked up from the men's racquetball locker room and printed on paper.
Aug 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free Kindle download.

Given the cover design and the title, I was expecting a beautifully written story about another country, another culture, a story that would take me away from the familiar and from my usual fare, so I was a little disappointed as I made my way through this book; despite this being heavy in Indian culture, food, and Hindu words, for me it read like a lot of books in the romance genre.

I don't know if that's what made this book so predictable for me, but from the first moment
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookcrossing
I was not as enchanted with this book as I'd hoped to be. There were small nuggets of life in an Indian family or living as a woman of Indian heritage in New Jersey that were interesting, but somehow, the story lacked passion to me (which is kind of ironic since it was a love story.) I think also stumbling into dacoits (armed bandits of the sort who killed my brother last year in India) probably did not help me find a "happy place" with this book.

One thing that was interesting was that a huge
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book without checking to see what kinds of reviews it got and I'm glad I did as I may not have read it otherwise. The story is centered around an Indian widow who has thrown her life into her family's sari shop, and has little else going on for her. She is eventually nudged into opening her life to new possibilities in a very sedate and Indian, gujju fashion as, quite frankly, the life choices of a widow in the Indian culture, even in the US, are few are limited. I'm surprised the ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I have to admit, I misread the title of this book when I got it. I thought it was "The Sari Shop Window"--so I expected maybe a collection of short stories, like life through the window of a sari shop, you know? In a sense, that's what it is...the heroine's life centres around her sari shop and her designs and her family. She is a young widow, living at home with her that sense I was reminded of the movie "Moonstruck".
But aside from that, it's just another romance novel. The dashing
Kieran Walsh
Sep 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
ok so I picked up this book from the store during the holiday weekend thinking it read 'The Sari Shop Window' and, obviously, the book was so captivating that I realized that it read 'widow' and not 'window' only 10 pages from the end. This should indicate as to how engaged I actually was. I didn't honestly think that a publisher would waste his/her time sending something like this to print. Could you possibly read a couple of hundred pages of dribble and find nothing other than a silly romance ...more
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
The Indian population in central NJ has exploded in the last decade or so. This book is set in Edison, which has its own Little India and lots of neat, interesting shops like Silk & Sapphires. The second and third generations of immigrant families also face similar cross-culture problems, more traditional elders and more flexible youngers. These real-life issues are wasted as background to a romance in this novel. When the Conflict That Keeps The Lovers Apart appears, it's unbelievable and ...more
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
well...I had to post my review because I expected a little more than what i really got! The synopsis sounded very promising but sadly it turned out to be a mediocre chick lit. Not being too harsh but I have read better Mills and Boons romances in my younger days :P. I was not convinced or moved by the protagonist's emotions. I always like to picture myself in the shoes of the protagonist every time i read a book...I definitely didn't this time!

But as they say,no book is a bad I would
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: indian-authors
I am yet to find answers - why was this book so long? It was just another M&B set to Indian context - desi life in NJ, a widow battling lonliness, the Indo-Brit knight in shining armor who sweeps the girl off, the match making family, the ex who calls at the "correct" time to raise doubts - a topic done to death.

I was expecting something different and this book was just a disappointment.
Aug 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was delightful and entertaining...nothing heavy which is sometimes just what you need on a holiday weekend...truly a pleasurable read. I will definitely consider Shobhan Bantwal's other books on India.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Wendy Grant
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Janet Hagelstein-Fillion
Recommended to Wendy by: Meg
I pretty much enjoyed everything about this book except for the abrupt ending. I just felt like there should have been a little bit more to it in regards to Anjali and Rishi's relationship progression. However, I'm thinking that there could definitely be a second book so perhaps that's why it ended the way it did. Either way, this was a really good smooth flowing storyline and it definitely kept me intrigued and wanting to continue reading. Hard to put down really. I would have given this 4 1/2 ...more
Cheryl Van Allen
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow - this book was so much better than I expected! A fast, fun and highyly enjoyable summer read!!

It was lovely - the characters were well developed, the description of Indian family relationship intertwined with Western culture and the diversity in cultural expectations, and the writing style all created an easy to read and fully enjoyable book! Anjali and Rishi were fantastic, as were Usha, Jeevan-kaka, Nilish and Mohan.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun romance with a different perspective. Not a lot of romances has nonwhite protagonists nor explores mixed raced characters. This book has a predictable plot, but in a comforting way; like having hot soup on a cold day. A lot of the cultural, familial, and business commentary is secondary in this book because it is first-and-foremost a romance novel.
Megan Bingley
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Really glad that I didnt read the reviews before reading this book. Its a nice easy read. It is a romance novel, set in the USA - the complication comes from culture as much as it comes from the typical love you/hate you drama. This book isnt complicated, it isnt high literature, and I dont think its meant to be. I liked it quite a bit. ...more
Jordan Facinelli
I enjoyed this book. It was the first I've read of a different culture. Yes, it followed the typical romance path (try not to fall in love, have a fight, realise that you are in love, happily ever after), but it was a refreshing read.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a sweet, pretty book. It had enough substance to keep me engaged and make it enjoyable: perfect for summer read.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Had a promising start only to end in unnecessary melodrama.
Merrill Medansky
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice window into Indian community life in America, this one set in Edison NJ.
Renuka Lakshmi
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Ok book for passing time
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I enjoyed this story, and learned some about another culture. The ending was pretty predictable, though.
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Shobhan Bantwal is the Indian-American author of THE DOWRY BRIDE, her debut novel set in India and slated for release by Kensington Books in September 2007. It is the first of a two-book contract with Kensington.

Since 2002, Shobhan's articles and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications like India Abroad, Little India, U.S. 1, Desi Journal, India Currents, Overseas Indian, New

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