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Saumya Balsari was born in India, has travelled widely and lives in Cambridge. She has worked as a free-lance journalist in London covering lifestyle and environmental issues for Indian print media, and is a humour columnist. Her play The Curry Club for Kali Theatre had a reading at the Soho Theatre, London, in 2003. Her first novel is being seen in various countries as an essential reference work for new writing in postcolonial literature. She is currently completing a novel for young adults and a book of poems for children.
This is fascinating. Centred round a Cambridge charity shop supporting an Indian village, it unfolds slowly in slices of the volunteerâ€™s lives; delightful caricatures that build to reveal a plot. However itâ€™s their philosophy, hopes and acceptance of life that really shine through in this quietly hypnotic novel, very much another in The Number 1 Ladiesâ€™ Detective Agency territory.