Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Shopping for Sabzi

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Shopping for Sabzi

TSAR Publications, 2008

Shopping for Sabzi, interweaves themes of ambition and identity in the lives of its brash, young, and successful Indo-Canadian and Indo-American characters. Poignant and humorous, this collection of stories describes the jockeying for social status, successful love, career fulfillment and personal meaning and the anxieties of its characters as they balance the old ways with the new and reflect on the passage of time. In “Piece of Cake,” Raj, transplanted from Houston to New York, and dating a European photographer, is forced to confront Neha, his ex-girlfriend, an anorexic suffering a major relapse. In “Spick and Span,” Shilpa doubts the path she has taken when she’s asked to help matchmake at a Gujarati marriage convention in New Jersey. “Potatoes and Punjabis are Everywhere” follows Happy, a college student, during his first days in Toronto, as he encounters a series of strangers that compel him to consider cutting or keeping his still- unshorn hair. In “Woh Auntie Hai Yahan (The Auntie is Here),” Kusum, a recently widowed real estate agent in the Toronto suburbs, struggles to repair her life, finding inspiration from Bollywood dance lessons given by her friend’s teenage daughter.

From the catalogue. Read more about Shopping for Sabzi at the TSAR Publications website.