Ties, tangles, tension

a mirror made of rain by Naheed Phiroze Patel. Published in 2021 by Fourth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, A-75, Sector 57, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301. Pp: 286. Price: Rs 499. Stereotypes of motherly love are no longer in fashion and Naheed Phiroze Patel (pictured) in her novel, a mirror made of rain, describes a fraught and tempestuous relationship between Asha, the mother, and Nooni the daughter; the entire atmosphere of a dysfunctional Indian family is portrayed with violence and bitterness.  Patel starts the novel with a party thrown by Sheila Sehgal — to celebrate her son Sid’s forthcoming......

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