"When I sneaked a peak at the old man, I saw inside his nose and noticed long hair reaching out to curve around each nostril. Inch-long hair also poked out from behind the low-cut kurta and from below the wide pajama bottoms. I lowered my gaze, somehow feeling I had been improper to notice these things. Segregation between women and men had that effect on me. Since I was...
Books with buzz ... Madras on Rainy Days. Born in India and raised in Minneapolis by an overprotective mother, Layla, the feisty young heroine of Samina Ali's accomplished debut is 'like a ghost caught in cultural ruins.' Returning to India for an arranged marriage, she feels alternately trapped and fascinated by her family's Muslim traditions as she struggles with everything from her chador to her handsome new husband to the lost promise of her past.
SAMINA ALI is the first Indian Muslim woman fiction writer to be published in America. A trailblazer and visionary, she has built a career as both a successful novelist and a widely popular speaker.
Her debut novel, MADRAS ON RAINY DAYS, was awarded the Prix...