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The Sari Shop is a simply structured story offering considerable insight into contemporary Indian society view spoiler It is also very affecting because we expect our hero, Ramchand, to rise to the moral challenge he is confronted by and we are disappointed when he does not hide spoiler The Sevak Sari House provides the environment for the events and the observations of the story It is a particularly good choice because the business is well established, selling a pre industrial product of The Sari Shop is a simply structured story offering considerable insight into contemporary Indian society view spoiler It is also very affecting because we expect our hero, Ramchand, to rise to the moral challenge he is confronted by and we are disappointed when he does not hide spoiler The Sevak Sari House provides the environment for the events and the observations of the story It is a particularly good choice because the business is well established, selling a pre industrial product of exquisite beauty, largely beyond the means of the people selling them By way of parenthetical anecdote, I have bought saris, with my family, from sari shops in India in air conditioned comfort assisted by regiments of smiling male and female assistants Outside these tiled, impeccably clean shops are broken pavements, noise and quite a bit of rubbish At building sites throughout the city Kochi women labourers carried dirt and rubble about in what looked like big woks on their heads They were often dressed in saris Back to the Sevak Sari House Social hierarchies are reflected in the layers of people who work in the shop owner, manager, senior assistants, junior assistants Ramchand is only 25, but already a ten year veteran, poorly educated through the parsimony of the relatives who brought him up and very limited in his exposure to the world What he does know comes through the customers he sees in the shop, who are predominantly wives owing their status to their husbands wealth and or position their idle, frivolous and shallow daughters and the people who hang on to this class of wealthy women, like Mrs Sachdev, the teacher view spoiler Ramchand makes the mistake of thinking that her education and position as a teacher means she is also a good person who will stand up for what is right and help him fight an injustice.Rupa Bajwa s storytelling has led to us to Ramchand s challenge, standing up against the injustice done to his colleague Chander and Chander s wife Kamba, who also represents the reprehensible treatment meted out far too often to women in India, by some husbands, some men and some police That Ramchand fails to meet his challenge is probably aeffective way of making the point about restrictive class structure in India than if he had beenheroic hide spoiler Searing Haunting Thought provoking. @READ DOWNLOAD Ç The Sari Shop à Ramchand, a tired shop assistant in Sevak Sari House in Amritsar, spends his days patiently showing yards of fabric to the women of status families and to the giggling girls who dream of dressing up in silk but can only afford cotton When Ramchand is sent to show his wares to a wealthy family preparing for their daughter s wedding, he is jolted out of the rhythm of his narrow daily life His glimpse into a different world gives him an urgent sense of possibility And so he attempts to recapture the hope that his childhood had promised, arming himself with two battered English grammar books, a fresh pair of socks, and a bar of Lifebuoy soap But soon these efforts turn his life upside down, bringing him face to face with the cruelties on which his very existence depends Reading group guide included Some stories are so simple and come from such small places that they leave you mesmerized The Sari Shop by Rupa Bajwa is one such story A simple man, working in a Sari Shop in Amritsar decides to give his monotonous and failing life another chance But in the end, gives up when all his efforts come spiraling down A simple yet powerful read, not many writers can pull off a combination like this But Rupa Bajwa pulled it off effortlessly.The Sari Shop revolves around Ramchand, a tired shop ass Some stories are so simple and come from such small places that they leave you mesmerized The Sari Shop by Rupa Bajwa is one such story A simple man, working in a Sari Shop in Amritsar decides to give his monotonous and failing life another chance But in the end, gives up when all his efforts come spiraling down A simple yet powerful read, not many writers can pull off a combination like this But Rupa Bajwa pulled it off effortlessly.The Sari Shop revolves around Ramchand, a tired shop assistant at Sevak Sari House who spends his days showing all kinds of saris to different sects of women, one sect that can afford silk sarees and the other one who would love to but finalize cotton saris for themselves at the end of the day.Stuck in a monotonous job after a rough childhood, Ramchand doesn t see any end to his misery and inner self loathing Sevak Sari House, colleagues at the sari shop, dinner at dhabas and a beautiful neighbor s daily activities keep him company in his misery But one day, his luck changes when he s asked to deliver a bunch of saris to a wealthy man of Amritsar whose daughter is getting married.Just as Ramchad enters the Kapoor abode, he is jolted out of his monotonous, narrow life A glimpse into a different world which he witnessed at Kapoor s house, gives him the motivation to work towards endless possibilities And with this motivation, he attempts to recapture what he has lost before, his dreams of finishing his education and having a good career He starts with two battered English grammar books, an old English dictionary, a new pair of socks and a bar of lifebuoy soap.But then his feeble attempt towards a new life spirals his life upside down It brings him face to face with the cruelties that lead him to this misery in the first place A battered Ramchand falls down to the same place from where he dreamt of better things for himself In the end, The Sari Shop shares a very stark reality of urban living and turns into a simple story which has a powerful message.The Sari Shop is divided into two parts The first part deals with Ramchand and his progress towards a better life Rupa Bajwa s unpretentious writing makes you walk alongside Ramchand on his journey and even makes you disheartened on his failures The first part also shows the stark comparison of urban India amidst Amritsar From hypocrites like Mrs Sandhu to the westernized and educated Mrs Sachdeva, the characters are in full color in The Sari Shop.The second part of the book introduces you to Kamla, Ramchand s colleague Chander s wife who shows the other side of atrocities, draped in exquisite Banarsi saris Kamla, like Ramchand, wanted a better life but instead got everything that she never wanted An alcoholic husband who beats her black and blue every night while blaming her for his failure, including a miscarriage Kamla takes up the bottle for solace but ends up being raped by policemen and burnt to the ground by a gang of thugs, hired by the right and superior people of the society.The Sari Shop is by the common people for the common people Till now, I haven t come across a book so simple yet so beautiful, a story so powerful that needs to be read and sharedWe come across people like Ramchand on a daily basis, our home servants, drivers, gardeners etc But never we look at them from a different perspective, never we pay heed to their dreams and aspirations But after reading The Sari Shop, I will look at them from a different set of eyes.A beautiful thing about The Sari Shop is Rupa Bajwa s flawless and bold writing The language is simple yet powerful, and flow of the story is straight Though in some areas you might feel that the story is a bit dragged, especially the first part, but it can be ignored Some of the readers might expect the masala level to be good, but I am sorry to inform it is not like that The Sari Shop is too simple for some readers and they might think it is boring till they arrive at the second part But then, for me this is a book that introduced me to another brilliant writer, Rupa Bajwa All in all, The Sari Shop is a story that you should definitely read I feel like I ve gone on a journey with these characters but it s not really gone anywhere, an empty journey The ending was a complete let down I thought the horrible things that happened might have encouraged the main character to do something, to make things better or change something but no His English books he was so passionate about stayed dusty on the shelf, he went back to his routine before with nothing changing He didn t learn anything from his experiences He didn t DO anything On I feel like I ve gone on a journey with these characters but it s not really gone anywhere, an empty journey The ending was a complete let down I thought the horrible things that happened might have encouraged the main character to do something, to make things better or change something but no His English books he was so passionate about stayed dusty on the shelf, he went back to his routine before with nothing changing He didn t learn anything from his experiences He didn t DO anything One of the characters even wrote a book about a gentleman in a Sari shop but that plot didn t go anywhere, he never found out, I thought he would be told and then go buy the book and it ll be the sixth book on his growing pile of books but no The only part I liked about the books was that it was written about a different town in a different country that I ve not read about A lot of the language was from that country, nouns written in the original language but I still understood what was going on I loved that the main character was trying to better himself too for a part of the story until he gave up and that he was passionate and slightly addicted to book buying Life is simple, if you stop thinking and feeling, but then there is no life The book is about an ordinary man An ordinary salesman in a Sari Shop in a small town What happens when he dreams of reading and learning He learns a lotthan his small mind, his small life and his small status can ever take He thinks he can change and he can make change Silly man Doesn t know a small man with small means cannot make even a small scratch on the surface of the big ugly society I felt exaspera Life is simple, if you stop thinking and feeling, but then there is no life The book is about an ordinary man An ordinary salesman in a Sari Shop in a small town What happens when he dreams of reading and learning He learns a lotthan his small mind, his small life and his small status can ever take He thinks he can change and he can make change Silly man Doesn t know a small man with small means cannot make even a small scratch on the surface of the big ugly society I felt exasperated after reading this book The entire irony of life It brought to my mind all the things, all the unfairness and unpleasantness of the world which I observe every day and also form a part of There is so much I can do to make small changes around, but refuse to I suppose, just ignoring it, helps me sleep better at night.Just last week, in the blazing June summer, a gardener was watering plants outside a bungalow The sparkling, cool water, came fast and refreshing from the pipe It quenched the thirst of dried earth and gave a lush green landscape around the bungalow A small street urchin stood outside the wired boundary of the garden with an empty plastic bottle He was requesting the gardener to fill his bottle with water The gardener tried to shoo him away with a dirty look I stood there watching the irony of the situation Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink The author has done a magnificent job with her writing She creates a strong impactful story with a simple plot and characters It s as if I knew these characters They are based on day to day people and have depth as well as stay shallow at the same time A very balanced writing form an insider, as an outsider I liked the writing and the premise of this novel But, while sad and moving, and sporadically hopeful, it just didn t go anywhere for me I kept thinking it would, but it didn t The ending just left me wanting. The Sari Shop is about many things, but for the main character,Ramchand, it is about the development of character itself, particularlyabout putting one s morals into practice under morally impossible circumstances Ramchand is born into a Hindu family of shop owners His mother is an observant Hindu who takes him to temple weekly, buthe is too young to absorb any special identity or spirituality thatcan be called Hindu As an adult, Ramchand proves to be especially empathetic toward a Sikh coupl The Sari Shop is about many things, but for the main character,Ramchand, it is about the development of character itself, particularlyabout putting one s morals into practice under morally impossible circumstances Ramchand is born into a Hindu family of shop owners His mother is an observant Hindu who takes him to temple weekly, buthe is too young to absorb any special identity or spirituality thatcan be called Hindu As an adult, Ramchand proves to be especially empathetic toward a Sikh couple who have lost two barely adult sons inan Indira Ghandi assault on the Golden Temple of Amritsar Operation BlueStar, 1983 , trying to give solace to them in their own home Ramchand s parents enrolled him into English medium school at age 6, but that same year, both parents were killed in a catastrophic bus accident.Ramchand was sent to a distant uncle in Amritsar for his education, but his uncle selected aeconomical curriculum Ramchand spent summers with his grandmother At age 15, Ramchand was withdrawn from school and received a school leaving certificate Ramchand did not leave school with the knowledge of English he had hoped to achieve He observed later that no one had ever asked to see his certificate showing he completed eighth grade His work would not require much reading, writing and figuring.The astonishing thing is that Ramchand s family expected him to support himself fully and to live independently from age 15 on and he did without any further contact from his family apparently The action of THE SARI SHOP opens when Ramchand is 26 and he has been living and working in the same place since he was 15 Through his work at the Sari Shop, Ramchand becomes acquainted with the absolute wealthiest famlies in town and even arranges a quick and dirty invitation to the wedding of one of Amritsar s wealthiest daughters There is a lot of description of the different kinds of saris available atthe shop They are divided by fabric, by design by type of border, by type of skirt there are saris and salwar kameezs, and each garmet can have a head piece called by various names such as pallu or chunni The colors are vividly described e.g bottle green Ramchand learns from his friends at the Sari House, particularly Chander, that one of the wealthiest families in Amritsar withheld temporarily, thenpermanenetly, three months of regular wages from a significant number of workers Ramchand tries talking calmly to the factory owner and is firmly told that the profit margins don t allow the wages to be paid.Ramchand also learns that Chander s wife is the victim of persuasion outside the law for demanding her husband s wages She is drunk, arrested, raped, then sexually assaulted by the police using a lathi or night stick In a different incident, Chander s wife Kamla threw a sharp object at another of the rich family heads, Ravinder Kapoor This time the reaction was catastrophic Kapoor no doubt off the record hired goons to break all of Kamla s bones, parade her naked through the slum neighborhood, and burn down her slum house with Kamlainside This systematic destruction of Kamla s life creates a moral crisis for Ramchand The families responsible are the same ones who buy the most expensive saris The other shop boys do not see the overall implications Ramchand stays home two weeks without authorization trying to figure out what to do.The book has a lot of comical elements that ride on the gossip of the ladies from the different families as they browse the saris There is real color in the book as the descriptions of the fabrics jump off the page.For me one of the most charming threads in the story is Ramchand s desire to learn English Bajwa really makes it clear how lack of context makes it so hard to span the words, when one word can have so many meanings Ramchand needs the tuition that the rich boys are getting He also deserves it Yet Ramchand is making real progress 3.5Recommended by my wife, I did not want to risk my life by not picking it up sooner.I am the kind who judge a book solely by its title and cover, skipping the blurb and reviews So expectations were low Also, I don t gel along well with multiple award winning books.But this turned out to be a pleasant surprise Yes it is a story woven in and around a Sari shop, but the varied layers of human emotions is what makes it special Like those detailed fine works on a Sari which may not be apparent 3.5Recommended by my wife, I did not want to risk my life by not picking it up sooner.I am the kind who judge a book solely by its title and cover, skipping the blurb and reviews So expectations were low Also, I don t gel along well with multiple award winning books.But this turned out to be a pleasant surprise Yes it is a story woven in and around a Sari shop, but the varied layers of human emotions is what makes it special Like those detailed fine works on a Sari which may not be apparent unless you look closely.Simple linear plot A protagonist to warm your heart Little grim on the sufferings of various people A book I would recommend The book started with a peaceful small town vibe and then it changed gears and how A very compelling read where all characters, conversations, reactions are ultra real The writing is very very good too.Will look upbooks by this author.