Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, that’s a book you don’t want your mom to catch you reading. Or at least I don’t want my mom to catch me reading. The thing is, I grew up in a conservative Punjabi family and erotica, sex, and desires are not things we really talk about with each other. They should be, they should be things that mothers & daughters, sisters, and sister in laws, and most importantly husbands & wives can discuss with each other, but there is still a layer of taboo and ‘sharam’ (embarrassment) around these topics in a lot of Punjabi homes.
If you can get over the awkwardness of picking up the book (I used the self-checkout machine at my local library), it’s actually a great read. It’s funny, emotionally gripping, and enlightening. Yes, there are erotic stories, but they are the simplest and sweetest erotic stories you will ever read. It’s almost a little sad to know that the pleasures these women are dreaming of are really just the most basic rights in an intimate relationship.
The main character Nikki is fun to follow, and the widows are a shocking bunch, but my favourite character was Kulwinder, the woman caught between culture, motherhood, and hidden desires. I think my mom-side really got her character.
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I truly enjoyed reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and really like Balli Kaur Jaswal’s writing style. After reading this one, I’ve learned that she has written two other books – Inheritance and Sugarbread, and she’s currently working on a fourth novel. I will definitely be adding some of her other books to my reading list.
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