Urmila by Pervin Saket is a lovely read that appeals on many levels.
Having recently read Kavita Kane’s book about Urmila, I appreciated the parallels Pervin loosely draws between her heroine and Lakshman’s wife in the Indian legend.
But this is a different story. More urban. More contemporary.
It’s fundamentally the tale of a girl from a middle-class Maharashtrian family living in crowded, cosmopolitan Mumbai. She marries into a wealthy family, cares for her elderly parents-in-law, and craves the love and affection of her rather detached husband.
What sets it apart is the author’s skill in turning this rather mundane tale into a masterpiece. One that takes an egg-whisk to your feelings, stirs up emotion and gets under your skin.