Currently Reading: The Henna Artist

My family and I are in our second week of social distancing. It has not been easy but we are doing it for the greater good of our community and to flatten the curve of the Covoid-19 spread.

This morning while I enjoyed my bowl of fruit, I opened The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. Reading has been one of my pleasures during this time period and I look forward to embracing the story of seventeen year old Lakshmi who escapes from an arranged and abusive marriage. She becomes a henna artist – and confidante – to the wealthy women of the upper class. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is confronted one day by her husband who has tracked her down.

This novel contains so much of what I look for in a good read: the description of a culture different to mine, a story set in a different time period, the pursuit of women’s empowerment. I look forward to immersing myself in the unfolding story.

What do you look for in a good read?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

4 thoughts on “Currently Reading: The Henna Artist

  1. Yes, the quarantining isn’t easy. It’s quite weird. Under other circumstances, I relish an indoors day with books, tea and some treats. I shouldn’t complain as last week it wasn’t as much of a lock down. Saturday at 5pm our governor mandated a full “shelter in place” order. Well, people are cooperating and it’s not like the dystopian stories suggested.

    As for books, I do like well-drawn characters and settings far away in time or place or both.

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    1. It is – maybe because we like mingling with others from time to time. It is part of the human connection.
      You may enjoy my current read. It is set in India during the 1950s.

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