Indian Maidens Bust Loose by Vidya Samson
East and West may meet, but sometimes they shouldn't. That's whatVidya's site: http://vidyasamson.wordpress.com/about/
Nisha Desai's conservative Hindu family thinks when a black-sheep
American aunt and her trouble-magnet teenage daughters come to visit
them in India. The guests are seen as an invading force, equipped
with weapons of mass corruption.
But to Nisha, the rich aunt looks like a one-woman foreign aid program
and a way to escape the horrible suitors her father keeps foisting on
her. She makes every effort to charm the visitors. This is not an
easy task, for the aunt is a New Age space case, and the cousins’
appetite for disasters threatens to level the city of Ahmedabad. In
short order, the demented cousins instigate an elopement, a public
protest, and a riot that gets Nisha thrown in jail.
It's only when Nisha's father adopts a pet cow and convinces half the
city it's the reincarnation of a Hindu deity that the two families are
united in a common goal: to bilk thousands. The result is Madison
Avenue's idea of a religious experience, which is not a controllable
Indian Maidens Bust Loose is a hilarious romp in the land of cows,
curry, and the Kama Sutra.
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--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
Chaos ensues when an American family visits their staid Indian relatives. A demolished wedding, a riot, and a magic cow scam are the result.
--How did you get the idea for the story?
I grew up in Bahrain, a developed country in the Middle East. When I returned to India, I experienced some culture shock. Years later I got the idea of writing about an American family who visits their relatives in India and the culture shock and culture clash that result.
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
Hard to say, since there are several funny characters in my novel that I would enjoy spending some time with. If I had to choose one, well, many people have told me that my heroine Nisha is one of the wittiest and most charming characters they’ve ever met
--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
I love reading and manage to still make time to read. I love novels that have humor in them, such as Jane Austen’s novels, or Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Detective Agency series.
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
I already have another book out there on the Kindle, one I co-authored with James A. Thomas. It’s a political thriller titled The Baby Game. And look out for Bras, Boys, and Blunders coming out soon on the Kindle. It's a Young Adult romantic comedy set in the Middle East.
--If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
I’d pick Pride and Prejudice, since it’s my all-time favorite novel. It would be interesting to experience a day in Regency England. And to meet Mr. Darcy--yum!
--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
No, I don’t drink tea or coffee; just never acquired the taste for them. And I find music distracts me when I’m writing.
--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
No question about that. I’d choose to have the power to heal all illness and disease. What a cool power that would be.
--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
I love to read, of course, and I enjoy going to the gym to try to put some muscles and weight on my skinny frame.
--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
Keep reading; there is no other pastime which enables you to learn so much, vicariously experience so much, and travel to some many different places and cultures for so little money.
Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate?
Edward or Jacob?
Hockey or soccer?
I play neither and know little about either. Being Indian, I should by rights be cricket mad, but somehow that insanity never descended upon me.
Ebook or paper?
Salty or sweet?
I dislike very salty food and don’t have much of a sweet tooth either.
Beach or mountains?
Phone call or email?
Early bird or night owl?
Dog or cat?
Messy or neat?
Ninjas or pirates?
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