The protagonist, Mariam, is living the retired life of an old woman in a quiet Vellore suburb. She teaches four women how to crochet and all of them recount their lives while crocheting their time together is the refuge for them all. Of these four women, one is merely 15, already married and pregnant, but doesn't want the child. The second has been married for 3 years but hasn't conceived yet. The third is in love with someone who is not her husband and is scared to break free from the shackles of marriage. And the fourth is sick of managing her home, son, and mother-in-law all by herself, while her husband lives and works in Dubai. All the stories blend seamlessly. The conceptualization is brilliant and the narrative us beautiful. this engrossing tale of the lives of four ordinary women will surely invoke myriad feelings in the reader.
Andaleeb Wajid is a Bangalore-based writer. She has written books on diverse topics like food, relationships and weddings in a Muslim context. She has also spoken about hoe she wants to challenge the stereotypical representation of Muslim lives through her stories. She started writing at the young age of 10 and decided to pursue writing as a career right then. She is the author of My Brother's Wedding, Kite Strings Blinkers Off and More Than Just Biriyani, among others.
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