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Title: Haunting Bombay
Author: Shilpa Agarwal
Length: 362 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
After her mother’s death crossing the border from Pakistan to India during Partition, baby Pinky was taken in by her grandmother, Maji, the matriarch of the powerful Mittal family. Now thirteen years old, Pinky lives with her grandmother and her uncle’s family in a bungalow on the Malabar Heights in Bombay. While she has never really been accepted by her uncle’s family, she has always had Maji’s love.
One day, as monsoons engulf the city, Pinky opens a mysteriously bolted door, unleashing the ghosts of an infant who drowned shortly before Pinky’s arrival and of the nursemaid who cared for the child. Three generations of the Mittal family must struggle to come to terms with their secrets amidst hidden shame, forbidden love, and a call for absolute sacrifice.
How and when I got it:
When my book group did a secret book swap a few years ago, this was one of the books in my super-fun package. Thank you, book-giver friend of mine!
Why I want to read it:
Well, first of all, it was a gift, and I always feel terrible when I don’t get around to reading gift books. And on top of that, I think it sounds terrific! Between the ghost story and the family saga and the Bombay setting, it seems to have a lot going for it. I really do need to get to this one soon.
What do you think? Would you read this book?
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6 thoughts on “Shelf Control #190: Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal”
The ghost angle sounds intriguing, and the setting in the early 60s I think will be interesting reading as well.
Yes, those parts really appeal to me!
Ooh a ghost story AND a family saga? I’m sold! This one sounds really interesting, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. 🙂
It’s funny for me to have a book on my shelf that I didn’t actually select for myself, but now that I’ve looked at it again, I see so many elements that would draw me to it anyway. Hope to read it soon!
The ghost story part definitely makes this more appealing for me😁