Hira is left alone. After the untimely death of her mother she is coerced to marry into a family that she only knew about through conversations with her mother. She leaves the life she had in London landing in Ambala, India in the dead of night and is whisked away to the home of her husband and her in-laws. It is here that she meets with Dadi, her husband’s grandmother, a woman who rules the household with a fist of iron.
A new novel from one of North West London’s upcoming and interesting authors. Hira tells the story of a young girl, forgoing life in the UK to settle in India and immerse herself in a totally new way of life.
I could not put this book down. Once I started I just wanted to continue reading. Look forward to seeing more from this author.
Xarina Akhtar is based in North London, 'Hira' is her first novel.
Xarina arrived in the UK at the age of four. Naïve, totally ethnic and carrying a box of Indian sweets on her head, she walked straight past her father as she had never seen him before. Hence, began her journey in the UK, as a first generation Pakistani and the family’s guinea pig.
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