Sharmila's BookBook - 1999
While Sharmila is falling in love with the vibrant, chaotic street life and serene monuments and traditions that make up paradoxical modern India, her intended husband seems cold and distant, her future mother-in-law is controlling and suspicious, and there is a sinister mystery surrounding the "accidental" death of Raj's first wife. To complicate matters further, Sharmila's friendship with the family's chauffeur, a member of the "untouchable" caste, is growing increasingly intense.
In her second novel of romance and suspense with an exotic flavor, Bharti Kirchner once again explores the richness and confusions of belonging to two cultures. In Sharmila, she has created a wry, always engaging heroine -- a contemporary woman who embraces the traditional life -- only to become liberated in the most unexpected ways.