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Maya, her mother Nalini, and her brother Satchin have left a carefree life in India to come to England. But when Maya’s father disappears, leaving only deceit and debt behind, they are left to fend for themselves in a strange, damp land. Maya, though, doesn’t know of her father’s betrayal. Nalini, determined to preserve her children’s pride, tells them that their father died in an accident and, as their struggle to make a life begins, whole realities are built on this lie. But even a white lie cannot remain hidden forever—and when the truth resurfaces, it changes everything.


REVIEW : This was one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time. A good family saga should have the right amount of good and bad. Too much drama and it’ll turn into a terrible daytime soap. Too much goodness and it becomes preachy. A 100 Shades Of White had everything in moderation. A pinch of Turmeric, a sprinkle of pepper and a dash of masala to bring everything together.

Nalini and Maya as characters are so believable as is the story. This isn’t new. In fact, there’s a movie about it, I don’t remember the name but I think it was a Telugu or a Tamil film about a woman whose husband abandons her family abroad and she has to figure out everything herself and bring them up. Of course there are many differences. What I’m trying to say is that this isn’t a new story we Indians hear. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of a Foreign groom who comes here, takes the dowry, gets married and promises to send for the bride but never does. He’s no longer reachable and his family vanishes as well.

So this was nice to read in the sense that the woman won. HAH. Suckers. It’s was so much to root for and i desperately hope I can get a physical copy of this since it seems to have vanished off all the shelves.

This was part of the Travelling Readathon that’s happening on Instagram among some of us Indians and this is a great start. hopefully a tradition is born and we do this regularly. Thanks Tanvi for making this happen. (I’ve mentioned her in my bookish people TTT post here)

I’ve posted this on Femme Friday because it’s too common a problem and maybe, just maybe, considering double checking your thoughts on the people you wanna marry? Also the women are quite empowered here, standing on their own feet even after being burned.

I’ve linked to a Kindle copy of One Hundred Shades of White here if you read ebooks. I’m going to wait for the paperback to come back.

Have you read anything by Preethi Nair? Isn’t she lovely?