The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters [Balli Kaur Jaswal]

Source: National Library Board Singapore (ebook)

Date Started: 25 July 2019

Date Completed: 27 July 2019

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  • The same comic drama as in Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows; though this one veered a little more into stereotypes. There’s a certain Bollywood movie approach to picking up incidents from the news – not quite exploitation movie, but getting there – that BKJ seems to also follow – though with more talent and a little less superficiality.
  • I’m impressed as hell with her pace of output – this must have come out within a year of Erotic Stories and apparently her next is on the way.
  • I don’t know how memorable the characters are, really. They seem generic; but I might surprise myself a few months down the line by making an emotional connection with them. My memory of Erotic Stories has certainly faded – what’s more memorable is the atmosphere of gloomy judgement on the street and how it lightened in the writing class.
  • This book has a habit of setting up explicit riddles, and having plot twists or reveals be the answers a few chapters in. It’s not masterful craft, but it is very good.



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