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The Red Carpet

by Lavanya Sankaran
£7.99   paperback  Headline Book Publishing (2006)

The Red Carpet by Lavanya Sankaran In India, as everywhere, the young want to break with tradition and the old struggle to keep it. In Bangalore where software billionaires, beggars, and the legacy of the Raj combine and collide, the clash between old-fashioned parents and their Americanised young is particularly fraught.
From traditional Indian mothers urging their Westernised children towards marriage to orthodox chauffers struggling with racy employers, The Red Carpet is a witty and humane collection of stories which subverts familiar themes of family, love and cultural identity in an outstanding debut.

"Sankaran.. seems incapable of hitting a false note. Unlike the easy exoticism some authors employ when writing about India, [her] voice is mercifully sharp and wry. And Bangalore feels as real as the city in which your currently reside."

ISBN 13: 9780755327867 | ISBN 10: 0755327861

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