Ladies Coupe

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Macmillan, 2004 - Fiction - 306 pages
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Meet Akhila: forty-five and single, an income-tax clerk, and a woman who has never been allowed to live her own life - always the daughter, the sister, the aunt, the provider - until the day she gets herself a one-way ticket to the seaside town of Kanyakumari. In the intimate atmosphere of the all-women sleeping car - the 'Ladies Coupe' - Akhila asks the five women the question that has been haunting her all her adult life: can a woman stay single and be happy, or does she need a man to feel complete?

This wonderfully atmospheric, deliciously warm novel takes the reader into the heart of women's lives in contemporary India, revealing how the dilemmas that women face in their relationships with hunsbands, mothers, friends, employers and children are the same world over.

 

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User Review  - tonidew - LibraryThing

A group of women are brought together by circumstance in a ladies only railway carriage in India and swap their stories and recipes. I loved it. Read full review

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User Review  - RachelPenso - LibraryThing

This book was a window into the Indian culture. One woman went on a trip, and on the train, she met five other women and listened to their life stories. It was interesting to read about the (fictional) lives of these very different Indian women. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
25
Section 3
41
Section 4
67
Section 5
81
Section 6
103
Section 7
144
Section 8
178
Section 9
207
Section 10
222
Section 11
283
Section 12
291
Section 13
293
Section 14
306
Section 15
307
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About the author (2004)

Anita Nair lives in Bangalore, India. Her books have been published in several languages around the world.

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