BooksActually presents a reading of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by novelist Balli Kaur Jaswal. With visions of emancipating the women of the Sikh community she left behind as a self-important teenager, protagonist Nikki is shocked to find her creative writing class is a group of barely literate women who have no interest in her ideals of liberation.
To her surprise, the white dupatta of the widow hides more than just their modesty. These are women who have spent their lives in the shadows of fathers, brothers and husbands; being dutiful, raising children and going to temple, but whose inner lives are as rich and fruitful as their untold stories.
As they begin to open up to each other about womanhood, sexuality, and the dark secrets within the community, Nikki realises that the illicit nature of the class may place them all in danger.
East meets west and tradition clashes with modernism in a thought-provoking cross-cultural novel that might make you look again at the women in your life.
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4 May 2017, 7pm-8.30pm