Fic­tion and re­al­ity

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work of fic­tion, 31 miles, by au­thor Vinita Bak­shi, tells the story of Mansa, a mid­dle-aged woman who was con­vinced into an ar­ranged mar­riage by her or­tho­dox fam­ily. Happy with the life of a home­maker, she lives with her hus­band and two daugh­ters. She con­tin­ues to do so un­til she be­friends Rajan Cho­pra on a so­cial net­work­ing web­site. Mansa’s com­pli­cated and lovely bond with Rajan is de­scribed well and is con­vinc­ing. There are phases when one may de­vi­ate, but for a de­but novel, Vinita does a great job. It is a story that most women will re­late to. A one-time read, the easy lan­guage makes the book a per­fect pick for first-timers. 31 Miles Vinita Bak­shi

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