aUGUST 2012 - Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Lunch location: Himalayan Bistro, 1735 Centre St, West Roxbury

Approximate cost: $18 (includes lunch, tax, tip, and $1 to support the meetup). May be a little less depending on location. Additional cost for anything you add from the menu (breads, beverages, chai).

About the book:

GOODREADS - Moving between two worlds and two families, one struggling to survive in the fetid slums of Mumbai, the other grappling to forge a cohesive family despite their diverging cultural identities, this powerful debut novel marks the arrival of a fresh talent.


AMAZON - Somer’s life is everything she imagined it would be—she’s newly married and has started her career as a physician in San Francisco—until she makes the devastating discovery she never will be able to have children.

The same year in India, a poor mother makes the heartbreaking choice to save her newborn daughter’s life by giving her away. It is a decision that will haunt Kavita for the rest of her life, and cause a ripple effect that travels across the world and back again.

Asha, adopted out of a Mumbai orphanage, is the child that binds the destinies of these two women. We follow both families, invisibly connected until Asha’s journey of self-discovery leads her back to India.

Compulsively readable and deeply touching, Secret Daughter is a story of the unforeseen ways in which our choices and families affect our lives, and the indelible power of love in all its many forms.


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  • Rishi A.

    The author of "Secret Daughter" captured a very pertinent sentiment aptly when she said: "Mother India does not love her children equally". Recently there was a discussion on the related topic of female foeticide on Indian TV. It was a heart wrenching discussion but I would highly recommend watching it. Here is a link to the episode with english subtitles:­

    August 19, 2012

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