The Sari Shop: A Novel
"It is another working day in Amritsar, and Ramchand is late again. He runs through the narrow streets to Sevak Sari House in the heart of one of the city's old bazaars. There, among the Bangladeshi cottons and Benaras silks, Ramchand and his fellow shop assistants sit all day patiently rolling and unrolling yards of colored fabric for wives and daughters of "status families" and for the giggling girls who dream of dressing up in silk but can only afford cotton." "One afternoon, Ramchand is sent to a new part of the city and is jolted out of the rhythm of his narrow daily life. His glimpse into this different world charges him with an urgent sense of possibility. And so, armed with two battered English grammar books, a fresh pair of socks, and a bar of Lifebuoy soap, he attempts to recapture the hope that his childhood had promised. But soon these efforts turn his life upside down, bringing him face to face with the cruelties on which his very existence depends." --Book Jacket.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - laytonwoman3rd - LibraryThing
A first novel, long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2004, this book is a sharp observation of the divide between the rich and the poor in an Indian city. Well-to-do women buy their saris from the ... Read full review
THE SARI SHOPUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A somewhat aimless first outing about the daily life of a poor shop-clerk in India.In the Old City of the Punjabi metropolis of Amritsar, the Sevak Sari House is well known for carrying the finest ... Read full review