Author: Anjana Basu
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172234503
A richly textured tale of three generations of women who live under the spell of an ancestral curse, Curses in Ivory draws you into the lives of Hansabari, Regina, Brishti who wrote poetry, Queenie Mashi and her veiled life, and Sreya, whose destiny it becomes to uncover the truth.
Hansabati, who lives in purdah overshadowed by the memory of her beautiful mother-in-law, thinks she has triumphed over the curse when she bears a son, only to find it alive and well. Her daughter, Regina, lives through her marriage haunted and tormented by the macabre death of her sister-in-law.
And Sreya, the third generation and narrator of the story, is blighted by her father’s neglect and her mother’s rage until she finally discovers the true meaning of the curse when she opens an old ivory casket. What had seemed a permanent cloud hanging over the family, a fact of life like the weather or fate itself, suddenly has a cause and a history, and in knowing these there is for Sreya a kind of liberation. Curses in Ivory may centre around a curse, but it is also a story of mothers and daughters, pujas and pearls, arranged marriages and office romances.