A Breath of Fresh Air

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On the afternoo of December 3, 1984, Anjali waits for her army officer husband to pick her up at the train station in Bhopal, India. In an instant, her world changes forever. Her despair at his being late turns to horror when a catastrophic gas leak poisons the city air. Anjali miraculously survives. Her marriage does not.

A smart, successful schoolteacher, Anjali is now remarried to Sandeep, a lov and stable professor. Their lives would be nearly perfect, if not for their young son ’ s declining health. But when Anjali ’ s secon husband suddenly reappears in her life, she is thrown back to the troubling days of their marriage with a force that impacts everyone around her.

Her first husband ’ s return brings back all the uncertainty Anjali thought time and conviction had healed–about her decision to divorce, and about her place in a society that views her as scandalous for having walked away from her arranged marriage. As events unfold, feelings she had guarded like gold begin to leak away from her, spreading out into the world and challenging her once firm beliefs.

Rich in insight into Indian culture and psychology, A Breath of Fresh Air resonates with meaning and the abiding power of dream. In a landscape as intriguing as it is unfamiliar, Anjali ’ s truggles to reconcile the roles of wife and ex-wife, working woman and other, illuminate both the fascinating duality of the modern Indian woman and the difficult choices all women must make.


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Published June 3rd 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published June 25th 2002
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A Breath of Fresh Air
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Makes me thank every feminist who fought for women 's rights every time I read quotes from Anju 's mom about her sexual responsibilities to her husband!

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It 's a stirring story that I relate every time plant safety issues come up.

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Will definitely recommend to anyone looking for books by Indian authors.

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Anjali 's heartache leapt off the page.

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Oh boy ... when was the ast time I cried so much while reading a book???

At times, it felt like a " chick flick " book, but I do n't know much about Indian society, so it was all new and nteresting to me.How men are always favored before women.

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