A Streak of Sandalwood
A streak of sandalwood is set in cochin, the vibrant commercial capital of kerala state, on the southern coast of india, where they say the rain was born. thankam, recently widowed, is expected to become socially invisible-live a life of prayer and looking after grandchildren. instead, she learns to drive, gets a new job, and in passing, takes on a young lover. life gets complicated and exciting. More
When thankam’s beloved husband, unni, dies suddenly, she is totally submerged in grief. but as she slowly surfaces, she is not prepared to settle for the half-life dictated for middle-aged widows in her community.
she joins the widows’ association and discovers the multiple faces of widowhood. she decides to take over the management of her husband’s tutorial college, much to the dismay of her over-protective children.
thankam rents out her annexe to a brother and sister, but soon, she is involved in a torrid love affair with her tenant, mohan, who is almost too beautiful for a man. nothing in her calm and secure marriage to unni had prepared her for this roller-coaster ride. how will the gossip-ridden community in cochin react?
Will her children abandon her? Her feisty daughter, Manju, is caught in the classic remittance wife scenario, so common in Kerala – plenty of money but no husband as he is working in Dubai. She soon realises her husband, Gopi, has an unhealthy relationship with their driver, Mani, who struts and swaggers around her house when Gopi is on leave. What is the nature of that connection?
Manju complicates her life further by falling in love with an Englishman she works with. She considers going away with him, but will she lose her children?
Thankam’s struggle to determine her own life and keep her children safe, is set against the background of bouncing Kochi, with its brooding backwaters.
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