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Though fiction set in India has recently broadened our view of its culture, only Bharati Mukherjee’s Desirable Daughters has addressed the. Summary and reviews of A Breath of Fresh Air by Amulya Malladi, plus links to a book excerpt from A Breath of Fresh Air and author biography of Amulya. A Breath of Fresh Air by Amulya Malladi – book cover, description, publication history.

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Return to Book Page. On the night of December 3,Anjali waits for her army officer husband to pick her up at the train station in Bhopal, India.

In an instant, her world changes forever. Her anger at his being late turns to horror when a catastrophic gas leak poisons the city air. Her marriage does not. A smart, successful schoolteacher, Anjali is now remarri On the night of December 3,Anjali waits for her army amulha husband to feesh her up at the train station in Bhopal, India. A smart, ov schoolteacher, Anjali is now remarried to Sandeep, a loving and stable professor.

As events unfold, feelings she had guarded like gold begin to leak away from her, spreading out into the world and challenging her once firm beliefs. Rich in insight into Indian culture and psychology, A Breath of Fresh Air resonates with meaning and the abiding power of love. From the Hardcover edition. Paperbackpages. Published June 3rd by Ballantine Books first malladii June 25th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Lists with This Book. Aug 26, Jessie rated it really liked it. I cried like a freaking baby! Much different than her other book The Mango Season in tone but both books deal with human emotion and all the complexities therein and what happens when life doesn’t turn out exactly like you and your family planned.

If you are interested in Indian fiction and love a good cry, this xir a good one. Mwlladi 06, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: A Breath of Fresh Air is a fast, involving read about Anjali, her ex-husband, husband, and son.

I appreciated the insights into Indian culture and marriage, but the novel didn’t quite “jell’ or live up the promise of its early pages. Jul 18, Missy J rated it really liked it Shelves: This time it was horrible! I was bawling like a baby! But I’m glad I read this book. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never heard of the Bhopal Disaster prior to reading this book. That’s the good thing about reading, it expands our horizons.


This was a s Oh boy This was a short book and the language was easy to read. At times, it felt like a “chick flick” book, but I don’t know much about Indian society, so it was all new and interesting to me. How men are always favored before women. How strange the notion of divorce was for Indian society in the 80s and the belief that a woman should suffer just to keep her marriage going. The matchmaking and the intricate wedding ceremonies. But more than that, this book is about forgiveness.

Again, at times, the characters felt breahh bit predictable and stereotypical, but I guess whatever the author wanted to convey about life did follow through and it sure made me cry!

Mar 26, Rehan Abd Jamil rated brezth it was amazing. Jun 18, Histteach24 rated it it was amazing. You will be in tears by the end! A true thought provoking book about what it means to forgive! Also a great look at the role of women in Indian society and the taboos of divorce. Makes me thank every feminist who fought for women’s rights every time I read quotes fresj Anju’s mom about her sexual responsibilities to her husband! Also loved the narratives of both husbands-it pitted you one against the other and gave you an insight into the minds of two very different men.

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Who was right and who was wrong? Feb 11, Anna breatth it it was amazing. This was the last book by Amulya Malladi I read, and she doesn’t disappoint. Ma,ladi books explores two hardships that one may encounter in Indian literature; the Bhopal tragedy at the Union Carbide plant, and the process of divorce.

As an engineer, I was drilled in plant safety: Thousands were injured, and many died. In this backdrop, lives are changed and broken and mended.

It’s a stirring story that I relate every time plant safety issues come up. Apr 24, Lakshmi Mohan rated it really liked it. A very interesting book that had me hooked.

I read it in a day. Books like these keep my love for Indian authors going. Will definitely be reading the rest of the books by Malladi. It was a very easy read, the language was lucid, the characters were relatable, the facts were well researched. It offers a tresh insight into Indian culture and traditions and it xmulya about how divorce is looked down upon in Indian society still. Will definitely recommend to anyone looking for books by Indian aut Ai very interesting book that had me hooked.

Will definitely recommend to anyone looking for books by Indian authors. Jan 09, Claire S rated it it was amazing Shelves: I didn’t like this one quite as much as ‘Serving Crazy with Curry’, that one really gripped me. But this one was good, I guess the tone was just a bit quieter. If I’d read it first, I probably wouldn’t miss her style in ‘curry’ as much.

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I’d had no idea that the Bhopal tragedy caused birth defects afterward, it’s all so despicable and tragic. Jul 29, Amanda rated it it was ok. I thought it was interesting to use a real event to shape the story.


The book centers more on a woman’s role in India inthen on the Bhopal gas tragedy. However, when an author uses a real event from history, I think the purpose is to offer commentary and I didn’t feel like the author gave any other perspectives on how the tragedy affected people other a,ulya these few. This was disappointing to me. The novel does a good job of portraying how hard life was for women, how they had very l I thought it was interesting to use a real event to shape the story.

The novel does a good job of portraying how hard life was for women, how they had very little choice in their lives and how it began to change, as proven by the some of other female characters. Her best friend, Harjot, chooses a career first, and Indira, who is strong, and although would not choose divorce, will not be disrespected or taken for granted.

Anjali questions her decision to view spoiler [divorce when her ex-husband resurfaces. I didn’t really like most of the characters in the book, they were generally 1-dimensional. The sister-in-law who is spiteful and nagging, The parents who cannot really forgive their daughter, the other wives who gossip and play cards. Even Anjali, though strong in some ways, was very much a victim.

Amlladi didn’t feel that this book gave me insight into life in India. When the book ended, I was left feeling like it was superficial, and I was watching the characters from the outside, not really understanding anyone’s perspective. Why was Komal so spiteful? Was is simply that her life didn’t turn out how she wanted? What motivated the parents to turn a blind eye to their daughter’s happiness, view spoiler [even when her ex-husband confessed that it was all his doing?

Were his parents modern in their beliefs? I would have liked to see a chapter on the perspective of Amar, and possibly Anjali’s parents, Komal, and Harjot. I wish Breatj could say I enjoyed this book, but I found fell flat of my expectations. A Breath of Fresh Air was exactly that, a breath of fresh air. It was the kind of read that you become invested in the people and their stories.

Sometimes you like them sometimes you might not but you feel like you are reading their stories from their hearts. Amulya Malladi is one talented person and I look forward to reading the rest of her books! Feb 23, Megan added it Shelves: On the night of the Bhopal frseh tragedyAnjali waited in a Bhopal train station, her arrival forgotten by her adulterous husband.