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A NEW TAKE ON ANGLO-INDIAN RELATIONS...,
This review is from: Tea and Spices (Paperback)
I originally bought this book, because I am always interested in books on the topic of life in India during the British Raj. Unfortunately, it was not exactly what I expected.
The book is set in 1925, and Devora, a British woman in her late twenties, has left England to join her British husband, Gerald, who is a civil servant in colonial India. Gerald sees the British as superior in every way to the native population of India and is not at all interested in learning about India's culture or its people, other than satisfying his sexual urges with those who native women who work in his household as servants.
Devora, on the other hand, is very interested in Indian culture and its people. She loathes the British society that is in place, as she finds it dull and hypocritical. Unfortunately, Gerald is frequently away on business, and Devora is left to her own devices. She finds herself intrigued by India in all respects, including its erotica, and raises eyebrows among the colonial community, when she lunches several times, sans her husband, with the local Maharaja, a man with a notorious reputation. Of course, the inevitable occurs, during those long, languid lunches.
Even her husband's trusted head servant, Rohan, is of interest to her, as she finds herself exploring her own sensuality. A steamy affair ensues between Devora and Rohan, a native who, with his patrician bearing, seems to have more class than any of the British colonials. When their affair becomes common knowledge, Devora refuses to do what her husband demands in order to clear her reputation. Consequently, the marriage heads south, and Devora finds herself living a life that she never imagined.
This is an easy reading novel that has explicit sexual content, which is probably why the book is marked erotica on the back cover. Unfortunately, I did not find it to be at all erotic. Nor did I find the book to be particularly interesting, except for the Anglo-Indian, historical fiction angle. Over all, it was mediocre reading fare, at best, predictable and uninspired. Still, those who gravitate towards romance novels with a dose of spicy, sexually explicit content may enjoy this book.