Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes: A Novel

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Henry Holt and Company, Jul 17, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Meet Jana Bibi, a Scottish woman helping to save the small town in India she has grown to call home and the oddball characters she considers family

Janet Laird's life changed the day she inherited her grandfather's house in a faraway Indian hill station. Ignoring her son's arguments to come grow old in their family castle in Scotland, she moves with her chatty parrot, Mr. Ganguly and her loyal housekeeper, Mary, to Hamara Nagar, where local merchants are philosophers, the chief of police is a tyrant, and a bagpipe-playing Gurkha keeps the wild monkeys at bay. Settling in, Jana Bibi (as she comes to be known) meets her colorful local neighbors—Feroze Ali Khan of Royal Tailors, who struggles with his business and family, V.K. Ramachandran, whose Treasure Emporium is bursting at the seams with objects of unknown provenance, and Rambir, editor of the local newspaper, who burns the midnight oil at his printing press. When word gets out that the town is in danger of being drowned by a government dam, Jana is enlisted to help put it on the map. Hoping to attract tourists with promises of good things to come, she stacks her deck of cards, readies her fine-feathered assistant—and Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes is born.

 

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3.5*** Janet MacPherson Laird – a/k/a Jana Bibi – is a Scotwoman born and raised in India where her father was a cultural minister for Britain. As a young woman she marries William Laird, but loses ... Read full review

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Are you looking for an escape from the winter weather in your area? Or are you already planning your summer beach reads? Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes will transport you to a small Indian town in ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
25
Section 4
36
Section 5
44
Section 6
54
Section 7
67
Section 8
85
Section 15
202
Section 16
218
Section 17
224
Section 18
244
Section 19
252
Section 20
258
Section 21
271
Section 22
275

Section 9
101
Section 10
112
Section 11
125
Section 12
157
Section 13
175
Section 14
189
Section 23
287
Section 24
299
Section 25
303
Section 26
319
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About the author (2012)

Betsy Woodman spent ten childhood years in India; studied in France, Zambia, and the United States; and now lives in her native New Hampshire. She has contributed nonfiction pieces and several hundred book reviews to various publications, and was a writer and editor for the award-winning documentary series Experiencing War, produced for the Library of Congress and aired on Public Radio International.

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