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Author: PANT MEGHNA
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Unlike most Indian immigrants, Amara Malhotra is not destined to achieve the American Dream. Much to the anxiety of her parents - the spirited Biji and the doting Baba - Amara leads an unremarkable life. That is, until she marries Harvard-educated millionaire, Prashant Roy.

However, this fairy-tale isn’t meant to last, and even as Amara’s marriage collapses, she finds herself returning to the land of her birth, to the small city of Shimla. Here, in a borough grappling with questions of modernity, Amara is caught in a tug-of-war between old beliefs and new ones, between parents who favour obedience and new friends who encourage independent thought.

With powerful insights, One and a Half Wife traces the coming-of-age of multiple characters, while re-defining family, relationships and love in contemporary India.

About the Author
A financial journalist by day and a writer by night, Meghna Pant is the editor of a business magazine. She has formerly worked as a TV anchor for NDTV Profit and Bloomberg-UTV. Her short stories have been published in over a dozen literary magazines, across four countries.

An avid traveller, Meghna Pant has stayed in various cities around the world, from Mumbai and Singapore to Zurich and New York City. She is currently based in Dubai.

One and a Half Wife - Meghna’s debut novel - has been long listed for the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award, selected as a top ten finalists in Word Hustler’s Literary Storm Novel Contest, and made it to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

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Publisher Westland
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9789381626481
ISBN-10 9381626481
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 304 Pages
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29 Jul 2012
One and a half Wife - Interesting Read

Meghna Pant has done a fantastic job for her first novel. The book is practically un-putdownable. The author has added a lot of life to all the characters esp. the protagonists and one can easily connect and develop an instant affection towards each of them. Amara feels as if she will come to life anytime and make the world fall in love with her. The in-sights the author provides about the little things of life makes one sit up and notice and then smile with satisfaction.
However, the novel has its shortcomings too. The story goes on a predictable note after the family moves back to Shimla...
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Meghna Pant has done a fantastic job for her first novel. The book is practically un-putdownable. The author has added a lot of life to all the characters esp. the protagonists and one can easily connect and develop an instant affection towards each of them. Amara feels as if she will come to life anytime and make the world fall in love with her. The in-sights the author provides about the little things of life makes one sit up and notice and then smile with satisfaction.
However, the novel has its shortcomings too. The story goes on a predictable note after the family moves back to Shimla...
Meghna Pant has done a fantastic job for her first novel. The book is practically un-putdownable. The author has added a lot of life to all the characters esp. the protagonists and one can easily connect and develop an instant affection towards each of them. Amara feels as if she will come to life anytime and make the world fall in love with her. The in-sights the author provides about the little things of life makes one sit up and notice and then smile with satisfaction.
However, the novel has its shortcomings too. The story goes on a predictable note after the family moves back to Shimla. The author seems to be in a dilemma whether to tell a story and leave it at that or gives a social message. In the end, the social message it tries to convey looks a bit forced. The way things fall in place by the end make the reader feel as if the author was in a hurry to wrap things up.
Notwithstanding these trivial faults, One and a half Wife remains a compelling read. Among the recent books from the Indian Authors in English, it comes as a whiff of fresh air, not superficial but something which can touch you inside. Highly Recommended.

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26 Jul 2012
A Highly Recommended Book

Every book has a story to tell. Meghna Pant???s debut novel One and A Half Wife tells a story which will take you through various territories, some comfortable and some not so comfortable. However, the incidents and the ensuing emotions attached will seem extremely familiar which will help you to connect to the story easily.
The story incorporates a lot of aspects like Indian obsession of settling in the USA during the 1990s, the hardships which the families had to bear while trying to make their American Dream come true, the stigmas attached to divorces and the so-called modernism that Ind...
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Every book has a story to tell. Meghna Pant???s debut novel One and A Half Wife tells a story which will take you through various territories, some comfortable and some not so comfortable. However, the incidents and the ensuing emotions attached will seem extremely familiar which will help you to connect to the story easily.
The story incorporates a lot of aspects like Indian obsession of settling in the USA during the 1990s, the hardships which the families had to bear while trying to make their American Dream come true, the stigmas attached to divorces and the so-called modernism that Ind...
Every book has a story to tell. Meghna Pant???s debut novel One and A Half Wife tells a story which will take you through various territories, some comfortable and some not so comfortable. However, the incidents and the ensuing emotions attached will seem extremely familiar which will help you to connect to the story easily.
The story incorporates a lot of aspects like Indian obsession of settling in the USA during the 1990s, the hardships which the families had to bear while trying to make their American Dream come true, the stigmas attached to divorces and the so-called modernism that India is witnessing. The modern India, along with its pros and cons, has also been showcased beautifully.
The gripping manner in which the story talks about a middle-class meek girl becoming strong and thereby facing the society at large will definitely leave an indelible impact in the mind of the readers. Characters like Amara, Shikha, Biji, Baba, Kanika are familiar and you might have come across people like them at various points of your life.
With a prolific and talented writer like Meghna Pant it can surely be said that Indian fiction has found someone to look up to. One and A Half Wife is a must read and go and grab a copy as soon as you can.

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22 Jul 2012
One and a Half Wife

One and a Half Wife is a brilliant book by an Indian author in a long time. The maturity with which Meghna Pant treats the subject of immigration, divorce and reverse-immigration among the 'one and a half generation' Indian-Americans is commendable. The characters are tightly chalked out and leave a long lasting impression on the reader, even after the book is done. It is easy to connect with the characters and you feel like you are actually a part of the life of the people in the book.
This is one of the rare stories that make it to print but something that we might have heard from a frien...
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One and a Half Wife is a brilliant book by an Indian author in a long time. The maturity with which Meghna Pant treats the subject of immigration, divorce and reverse-immigration among the 'one and a half generation' Indian-Americans is commendable. The characters are tightly chalked out and leave a long lasting impression on the reader, even after the book is done. It is easy to connect with the characters and you feel like you are actually a part of the life of the people in the book.
This is one of the rare stories that make it to print but something that we might have heard from a frien...
One and a Half Wife is a brilliant book by an Indian author in a long time. The maturity with which Meghna Pant treats the subject of immigration, divorce and reverse-immigration among the 'one and a half generation' Indian-Americans is commendable. The characters are tightly chalked out and leave a long lasting impression on the reader, even after the book is done. It is easy to connect with the characters and you feel like you are actually a part of the life of the people in the book.
This is one of the rare stories that make it to print but something that we might have heard from a friend or a distant relative. I would strongly recommend it for readers of all age groups. Meghna Pant, takes you through a learning experience through the life of her protagonist, Amara Malhotra and I must advice you to take this trip with her.
Highly recommended.
Brilliant read.

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23 Apr 2012
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Dazzling

Every once in a while a book comes along that reminds you why you love to read. One & A Half Wife has got an absorbing story that pulls you right in, it's pacy such that you will not be able to put it down, and the characters stay with you long after you finish reading. It's insightful while also being funny, and very well-written. The theme is also timely, capturing the wave of the confident new India, the slow fall of the US, reverse immigration, divorce and modernism that is gripping our culture today. If you have to pick a book this year to read, read One & A Half Wife.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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30 Jul 2012
How Time Transforms You

One and a Half Wife brings a beautiful portrayal of how time changes and transforms a humble, respectful and traditional Amara Malhotra to a bold and independent woman. As you read the book, you travel with the Malhotra family from India to the United States and naturally feel as though you are a part of them. When Amara is abused by her husband, you can understand the depth of her emotions. The challenges she faces in an unknown nation and how situations make her strong and confident form the crux of the novel. So, read 'One and a Half Wife' to experience the life of Amara Malhotra!

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Amazing book!

I love this book. I read it after reading Meghna Pant's new book 'Happy Birthday' and must say that both are brilliant. The emotional connect you feel with each and every character is just outstanding. (View complete review)

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How Time Transforms You

One and a Half Wife brings a beautiful portrayal of how time changes and transforms a humble, respectful and traditional Amara Malhotra to a bold and independent woman. As you read the book, you travel with the Malhotra family from India to the United States and naturally feel as though you are a... (View complete review)

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29 Jul 2012
One and a half Wife - Interesting Read

Meghna Pant has done a fantastic job for her first novel. The book is practically un-putdownable. The author has added a lot of life to all the characters esp. the protagonists and one can easily connect and develop an instant affection towards each of them. Amara feels as if she will come to lif... (View complete review)

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