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Bombay Brides

Esther David (Author)

When Juliet and Romiel get married and relocate to Israel, they rent out their Apartment 107 in Ahmedabad’s Shalom India Housing Society to Jews. Each character who inhabits the house has a story to tell: about run-ins with the other residents, the diminishing community of Jews, cross-cultural conflicts, and the difficulty of choosing between India and Israel. Prophet Elijah, whom the Bene Israel Jews of western India believe in, plays an important role in their lives, appearing at critical or amusing moments and wreaking havoc with his mischief, but ensuring that ultimately peace prevails. Bombay Brides - as most Jewish men of Ahmedabad are married to women from Mumbai - is drawn from Jewish homes in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kochi, Kolkata and Alibaug. This is a story about home, heritage, rites, rituals, roots and what it means to be one of the last surviving members of a community in a vast multi-cultural country like India.

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About the author

Esther David

Esther David, author of The Walled City, Book of Esther and a collection of short stories, By the Sabarmati, has edited an anthology of earthquake stories and co-authored India’s Jewish Heritage: Ritual, Art and Life-cycle. She is published in French and her work is included in the library of modern Jewish literature, Syracuse University Press, New York. Esther David belongs to a Bene Israel family of Ahmedabad and grew up in a zoo created by her father.

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Title Bombay Brides
Author Esther David
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789352779451
length 216p.