A Breath of Fresh Air

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 240 pages
6 Reviews
On the night of December 3, 1984, Anjali waits for her army officer husband to pick her up at the train station in Bhopal, India. In an instant, her world changes forever. Her anger at his being late turns to horror when a catastrophic gas leak poisons the city air. Anjali miraculously survives. Her marriage does not.

A smart, successful schoolteacher, Anjali is now remarried to Sandeep, a loving and stable professor. Their lives would be nearly perfect, if not for their young son’s declining health. But when Anjali’s first husband suddenly reappears in her life, she is thrown back to the troubling days of their marriage with a force that impacts everyone around her.

Her first husband’s return brings back all the uncertainty Anjali thought time and conviction had healed–about her decision to divorce, and about her place in a society that views her as scandalous for having walked away from her arranged marriage. As events unfold, feelings she had guarded like gold begin to leak away from her, spreading out into the world and challenging her once firm beliefs.

Rich in insight into Indian culture and psychology, A Breath of Fresh Air resonates with meaning and the abiding power of love. In a landscape as intriguing as it is unfamiliar, Anjali’s struggles to reconcile the roles of wife and ex-wife, working woman and mother, illuminate both the fascinating duality of the modern Indian woman and the difficult choices all women must make.


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A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Slim first novel about an Indian woman haunted by the Bhopal tragedy.Waiting at the Bhopal train station for her husband Prakash to pick her up, young Anjali could never have guessed that his ... Read full review

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User Review  - amandacb - LibraryThing

I know this book is about Anjali's strength and courage as she survives unspeakable situations, but it depressed the hell out of me. This book was not a breath of fresh air, after all, even after the "happy" ending. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
8
Section 3
21
Section 4
27
Section 5
36
Section 6
39
Section 7
49
Section 8
54
Section 15
123
Section 16
140
Section 17
148
Section 18
157
Section 19
164
Section 20
171
Section 21
183
Section 22
194

Section 9
57
Section 10
66
Section 11
82
Section 12
91
Section 13
101
Section 14
111
Section 23
199
Section 24
202
Section 25
212
Section 26
229
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About the author (2007)

Amulya Malladi earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications engineering from Osmania University in India and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Memphis. She currently works as a marketing manager for a software company in Silicon Valley, where she lives with her husband and son. A Breath of Fresh Air is her first novel.


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