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Ramchand and his colleagues wait on the richest and the most powerful ladies in Amritsar who choose to come to this sari shop for the variety and quality that it promises. From university professors who look down upon money, and rich business people who look down on people who may not have the kind of money they had. The Sevak Sari Shop attracted all sorts. They have a strict task master of a boss called Mahajan who used to ensure that they catered to all the customers in the best way they could.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Sari Shop by Rupa Bajwa. 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 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.

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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Sari Shop. Dec 14, Kavita rated it it was amazing Shelves: india , indian-authors , sahitya-akademi. I am really amazed at how good this book was! I wasn't expecting anything even close to this. The Sari Shop brought forth subtly and effortlessly the class differences rampant in society and how it actually acts out in people's lives.

The narrative is beautiful and well paced, taking its time to lay out the background and then amping up the suspense.

Ramchand is a 26 year old man working in a sari shop in Amritsar. Through his work, he comes in contact with a large number of women from the upper I am really amazed at how good this book was!

Through his work, he comes in contact with a large number of women from the upper class of the city - wives and daughters of prominent businessmen, professionals, academics, and so on. For years, he drones along in a monotonous pace. But when he is sent out of the shop to take saris to the Kapoor household for their daughter's wedding, he gets a glimpse of how the other 1 percent lives.

Suitably impressed, the luxury of the Kapoor home gives Ramchand the motivation to brush up on his long-forgotten English and hope revives that he would be able to do something more in life than just sell saris. But things don't work out that way since English is not the only thing his brief contact with the Kapoors expose him to.

Another major character in the book is Kamla, who has come from a small town to the north of Amritsar. She is married to a colleague of Ramchand and after his visit to the Kapoors, he gets inextricably involved in Kamla's life, despite not knowing her at all. The story depicts the stark contrast of life in the city where people like the wealthy Kapoors live cheek by jowl with people like Ramchand, who pretty much lives in a hovel. However, while the Kapoors wrestle with their first world problems, the consequences of their struggles are directly felt by the poor section of the society.

The book also deals with class feminism and its hypocrisy. When it comes to feminism, many middle and upper class women don't consider poor women a part of the movement. While a Kapoor girl is rightly encouraged to make more of herself than just a wife and homemaker, someone like Kamla is considered utter filth and indecent, unworthy of mixing with 'decent' people. The characters in this book are so well developed that it felt as if I knew them personally. The author takes her time to set the scene, and she does it perfectly.

She adds in such small details of people and places that the whole book was like a film in my mind. The Sari Shop is a book that forces you to humanise the people who work for you - your drivers, cooks, maids, gardeners, and those like Ramchand without whom the great urban commerce would fall flat and all your convenience destroyed. It forces you to think about the lives of people, irrespective of their class, and consider them as persons. And what's more, it does all this through a beautiful story with a well-paced narrative, and well-developed characters.

This would easily be one of the best books I have read this year! View all 9 comments. 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.

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 up more books by this author. 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 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.

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Rupa Bajwa is an Indian writer who lives and works in Amritsar , Punjab as well as spending time in various other Indian cities and towns. In , she published her first novel, The Sari Shop , which explores her hometown and the class dynamics of India. It was met with extreme reactions. It received critical appreciation from some quarters, at the same time creating controversy among the literary circles in New Delhi, since a part of this novel lampooned these very people. Currently, Rupa Bajwa is working on her third novel. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Indian writer.

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THE SARI SHOP

Bajwa dramatically illustrates the class gap in contemporary India in her debut novel, focusing on the fortunes of Ramchand, a lowly, disaffected clerk in a popular sari shop. The novel opens with Ramchand happily going about his duties serving the shop's mostly upper-class clients. Opportunity for advancement comes from an unlikely source when he attracts the attention of the beautiful, literate Rina Kapoor, whose family hires the shop to provide saris for her upcoming wedding. Inspired by his foray into a wider world "there were cars and flowerpots and frosted glass trays with peacocks on them" , Ramchand embarks on a half-baked self-improvement effort that includes a reading program and some unintentionally comic attempts to learn English. Shortly afterwards, though, Ramchand sees the other side of Indian life when the wife of one of his co-workers, a woman named Kamla, descends into public drunkenness. Ramchand is a tenderly drawn character, reminiscent of Naipaul's innocent strivers, and the rest of the cast is vividly sketched. There are several typical first-novel flaws: the narrative is slow in the first half, and Bajwa's transitions between her character-driven subplots are occasionally uneven and erratic.

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