Desirable daughters by Bharati Mukherjee is a story of three sisters from an upper class Brahmin Calcutta family, Padma, Parvati and Tara born on the same date three years apart from each other. They are convent educated, beautiful, intelligent and wealthy.
The book starts with a chapter about Tara Lata who became a tree bride in 1879, stayed at her father’s house and cared for the poor, sick and later the Indian freedom fighters and dies for the cause.
Padma, the eldest, stays in New Jersey with her husband Harish Mehta and his two grown up children. She is a television anchor, a well-known personality, typically Indian in looks and behaviour. She works at Jackson Heights, an ethnic area in partnership with Danny, a Sindhi businessman.
Parvati, the second born is married to Aurobindo Banerjee, stays in Bombay and they have two sons, Bhupesh and Dinesh. She is a housewife and caters to all the whims and fancies of her husband and his family. She leads a very comfortable life in her luxurious apartment at with servants and drivers.
The heroine, Tara, is the youngest, divorced from an Indian self-made millionaire, Bishwamitra Chatterjee, and lives with her teenaged son, Rabi and Andy, her live-in partner. She works as a school volunteer.
There is Christopher Dey, who turns up at Tara’s house saying that he is the son of Padma and Ronald Roy, during her younger days in Calcutta and that he was brought up in an orphanage. Tara discusses it in detail with her sisters, her ex-husband and San Fransisco Police Department Seargent, Jasbir Sidhu (Jack).
I liked the story, but found it kind of heavy. The way the mystery has been thrown in, makes the story more interesting.
As I complete this book, I plan to start its sequel, The Tree Bride, but not before I have read a light book inbetween.
Book Source: Bought
Publisher: Rupa Publications