Joan Khurody© 2015
A NOMAD/WRITER distilling a wandering life into literature. Living in INDIA (Aligarh and Bombay) IRAN (Tehran and Abadan) LEBANON (Beirut) INDONESIA ( Jakarta)YEMEN( Hodeidah) brought Joan into contact with many languages, lifestyles, religions and cultures, providing rich material for her writing. An HONORARY PARSI through her controversial marriage to her Indian husband, she has personal experience of prejudice and inter-racial difficulties.
In 1959 a young English girl married an Indian in the face of widespread prejudice and disapproval and went to live with him in a small North Indian town
Ann Mehta and Jessica Clark meet after a 10 year estrangement. Their intense friendship in 1960's Bombay had ended badly. Their confrontation opens a door into the past that Ann had struggled to keep closed.
Two women, a mother in India and a daughter in rural England, struggle to find their way back to each other as they try to re-shape lives damaged by the contemporary dilemmas of displacement and uncertain cultural identity. Maya Fielding is the child of a destructive and failed inter-racial marriage that has left her emotionally fragile and holding on fiercely, despite her exotic appearance, to her chosen English identity. Newly married to John Carter she tries to isolate her marriage from any contact with her past.
I usually have two or three books to read at all times, choosing which to read according to my mood. However since buying this fascinating and beautifully written book, it’s the only one. It’s an extraordinary story, all the more so because it’s true . It’s full of colourful characters, texture and tastes. A wonderful summer read. 5* Amazon Review. P.Wise (No-one Mentioned Bandits)
Those of you who have read Joan Khurody's first book of memoirs "No one mentioned bandits" will enjoy this second book which, although a work of fiction, inevitably reflects some of her experiences of living in India in the 1960s. From the beginning one's interest is immediately held by an unexpected encounter by a friend from the past. As the story evolves from a quiet rural life in Norfolk to the drama,colour, and noise of India, it gathers pace as more fascinating characters appear all of whom are well described. I enjoyed this book even more than Joan's first one and would highly recommend it. It is well written and in depth has all the emotions of love, loss, and tragedy. 5* Amazon Review Mrs C (Into the Night with a Stranger)