The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma

  • by Ratika Kapur
  • Narrated by Tania Rodrigues
  • 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Renuka Sharma is a dutiful wife, mother, and daughter-in-law holding the fort in a modest rental in Delhi while her husband tries to rack up savings in Dubai. Working as a receptionist and committed to finding a place for her family in the new Indian dream of air-conditioned malls and high-paid jobs at multinationals, life is going as planned until the day she strikes up a conversation with an uncommonly self-possessed stranger at a Metro station. Because while Mrs. Sharma may espouse traditional values, India is changing all around her, and it wouldn't be the end of the world if she came out of her shell a little, would it?
With equal doses of humor and pathos, The Private Life of Mrs Sharma is a sharp-eyed examination of the clashing of tradition and modernity from a dramatic new voice in Indian fiction.

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Very interesting story

Not my usual type of book so took a chance - have to say i was extremely pleased as it was a very well written story - a twist that i was not expecting -
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- R

Beguiling and authentic

What does Tania Rodrigues bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator perfectly captures the essence of both Renuka Sharma and of India. The narration is a perfect reflection of the gentle rhythms of the story as well as of the spirit of the main character. A delight to listen to.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The deft and gentle touch of the author makes this story come to life. I was totally absorbed not only by the storyline but by the authenticity of the characters. A quiet, gentle but deeply meaningful novel... with a few surprises that elevate it onto my "something really special" list.


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- Donja

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-12-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury