#PopDiaries Recommends: Burnt Sugar By Avni Doshi


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We have been away from the drawing board of #PopDiaries Recommends for quite some time now. But we promise to be back, regularly, soon with the content(and reviews of product!) that is trending right now. But right now, we are in a mode of introspection and pondering where we are trying to find out the right ingredients for our loyal readers.

For this week, would recommend to you the novel Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi. This is no ordinary author, mind you. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and we must say that the book is a compelling read. It has also been praised by the likes of Fatima Bhutto, Olivia Sudjic and Sharlene Teo, who are accomplished authors in their own right.

Here is what the synopsis of the story goes like, “Burnt Sugar is an unsettling, sinewy debut, startling in its venom and disarming in its humour from the very first sentence: “I would be lying if I said my mother’s misery has never given me pleasure.” Set in Pune, India, the story follows Antara as she reckons with her mother Tara’s cognitive decline and the boiling resentment she still feels over being neglected. As a girl, Antara suffered at the whims of her rebellious young mother, who ran away from her middle-class upbringing to join an ashram, where a guru espoused free love and freer sex. Antara’s name alone – Antara, of Tara, un-Tara – stands as testament to both her mother’s egotism and impetuousness, and their unbreakable tie. As adults, neither woman can stand to be with the other for long, nor can they escape each other. The push-and-pull of their relationship has reverberations for Antara’s art, marriage and views on children, all amplified by Tara’s memory loss even while Antara refuses to let her forget.

So, just buy it and enjoy the best narrative that you might have come across in years. All we can say that you will not regret buying it.


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