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About the Book A spiteful anonymous letter. The promise of a redgold tree. And Megan Adams sets off on a ten thousand mile journey. From the scenic suburbs of Princeton and a high crime neighbourhood of Newark in USA, onwards to India, into the posh parts of New Delhi and the narrow bazaars of the old city, Megan’s travel plucks her from the politics of American academia to About the Book A spiteful anonymous letter. The promise of a redgold tree. And Megan Adams sets off on a ten thousand mile journey. From the scenic suburbs of Princeton and a high crime neighbourhood of Newark in USA, onwards to India, into the posh parts of New Delhi and the narrow bazaars of the old city, Megan’s travel plucks her from the politics of American academia to bring her face to face with the lurking shadows of an untold past. On an entirely different journey is Naina, a young Indian woman who must navigate the stony, impenetrable divide between the old and new sides of Delhi every day. Inheritor of an ancient tradition, she can still hear – above the wail of bangle-sellers and kabadiwallahs, the smoky, guttural rasps of the newer factories, and the old city's metallic din of lathes – the music of the sarangi and the tinkling whisper of anklets. As their stories and cultures collide, a saga unfolds, of love, loss and liberation, of timeless friendships, and of impossible choices. About the Author DEBOTRI DHAR was educated in India, the United Kingdom and the United States. Her first novel, penned at eighteen, was reviewed by several Indian newspapers and journals. Her short stories have since appeared in literary magazines, journals and anthologies in India, UK, USA, Singapore, Canada and elsewhere. Delightfully fond of both fact and fiction, Debotri juggles creative writing with her day job as an academic. The Courtesans of Karim Street is her second novel.


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About the Book A spiteful anonymous letter. The promise of a redgold tree. And Megan Adams sets off on a ten thousand mile journey. From the scenic suburbs of Princeton and a high crime neighbourhood of Newark in USA, onwards to India, into the posh parts of New Delhi and the narrow bazaars of the old city, Megan’s travel plucks her from the politics of American academia to About the Book A spiteful anonymous letter. The promise of a redgold tree. And Megan Adams sets off on a ten thousand mile journey. From the scenic suburbs of Princeton and a high crime neighbourhood of Newark in USA, onwards to India, into the posh parts of New Delhi and the narrow bazaars of the old city, Megan’s travel plucks her from the politics of American academia to bring her face to face with the lurking shadows of an untold past. On an entirely different journey is Naina, a young Indian woman who must navigate the stony, impenetrable divide between the old and new sides of Delhi every day. Inheritor of an ancient tradition, she can still hear – above the wail of bangle-sellers and kabadiwallahs, the smoky, guttural rasps of the newer factories, and the old city's metallic din of lathes – the music of the sarangi and the tinkling whisper of anklets. As their stories and cultures collide, a saga unfolds, of love, loss and liberation, of timeless friendships, and of impossible choices. About the Author DEBOTRI DHAR was educated in India, the United Kingdom and the United States. Her first novel, penned at eighteen, was reviewed by several Indian newspapers and journals. Her short stories have since appeared in literary magazines, journals and anthologies in India, UK, USA, Singapore, Canada and elsewhere. Delightfully fond of both fact and fiction, Debotri juggles creative writing with her day job as an academic. The Courtesans of Karim Street is her second novel.

33 review for The Courtesans of Karim Street

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anand

    Some quotes from the book: “The courtesans of Karim Street only love once.” Delhi. The ruins of an old city, markets, monuments, broken mansions, the zigzag of roads, the still sad times of music past. And rising up from it, her mother, wind in her hair, laughing like a witch. January, the trees were still bare from the winter, their long, thin branches frozen into stillness. But in a couple of months, those branches would bear leaves again, and buds. And the buds would flower, their sweet smell pe Some quotes from the book: “The courtesans of Karim Street only love once.” Delhi. The ruins of an old city, markets, monuments, broken mansions, the zigzag of roads, the still sad times of music past. And rising up from it, her mother, wind in her hair, laughing like a witch. January, the trees were still bare from the winter, their long, thin branches frozen into stillness. But in a couple of months, those branches would bear leaves again, and buds. And the buds would flower, their sweet smell perfuming the old city, the new city, and all the unnamed cities in- between, and even Bua would smile. It was the end of March, the freezing winter months far behind, flowers in full bloom, here and there a laden fruit tree. An early evening sun scattered bursts of diamond light, and, though the leaves and the branches, peeked the lake’s golden shimmer. December’s end is worse than its beginning, a thick churlish fog even in the daytime, the plants in the courtyard silent and white-lipped. Secrets Was it possible that some secrets had survived amid the stacks of books and papers, secrets as small and wingless as silverfish, and as damaging? Memories Today, unlocking the room and stepping into its dusty embrace, it struck her – the bareness, the cobwebs in the corners, the dark squares on the walls where the maps had once hung, the intricately designed tiles disappeared in filth, the urn-less, roseless emptiness, the laughter that once was. Sighs everywhere, and echoes, the papery trail of ants through the ancient wood, the still, suspended sheets of dust, and through it all, those memories, still alive, still alive. Promise Stillness fell upon them, as weighty as a promise. The two of them walked in silence, along the still, moonlit landscape, and through the drowsing trees. Women A modern world, with so many choices for women, yet still very much a man’s world, with little place for compassion or community or flowery skirts. No, it was a world of business suits and lawsuits, of committees and careful conversations.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jnika Tuteja

    Average story, written in an outstanding way! Keeps you glued to the book and the concept is great. The way the story of two girls converge is worthy of appreciation

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rakhi Hemani

    An amazing and read me till the end book. Also appreciate the views on Gender Biases and how such biases common to all societies. Further loved the description of Old-delhi.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lionel Vincent

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    Debs

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    Harsh Harkare

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aathira Nair

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    Anasua Mukherjee Das

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    Tarun Chauhan

  25. 5 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Megan Mueller Johnson

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    Ajay Singh

  32. 4 out of 5

    Sorina Grigorie

  33. 4 out of 5

    Julene

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