Sweta Srivastava Vikram's debut novel released

Sweta Srivastava Vikramís debut novel,  "Perfectly Untraditional," (Niyogi Books) was released in New Delhi recently. It is available in India online and at select bookstores in New Delhi now, but will be available at leading bookstores across the country by the month-end. Outside India, readers can buy a copy from Amazon. 



New York City-based writer, Shaili Kapoor, is shocked to find out about her mother, Meena Kapoorís death. Meena had drowned her- self in Pashan Lake in Shailiís hometown Pune, in India. When she was younger, Shaili and her mother would often spend time at the lake, without the knowledge of her father, Suresh Kapoor and younger sister, Tanisha.

Shaili is devastated; apart from her childhood friend Supriya, her mother was the only connection she had with India or her past over the past fifteen years. Even as a young adult, Shaili had estranged relations with her old-fashioned, alcoholic father, but when he found out about Shailiís divorce and about the new love in her life, he was livid. Both he and Tanisha ostracized her. But Shaili was always astonished at how accepting her mother was of her decision.


Between the time Shaili finds out about her motherís death and reaches India for the last rites, she discovers a deep secret about the mother she worshipped and the father she grew up to loathe. Nothing is as it seems. Shaili knows the time has come for her to make peace with her father.


Will Shaili find peace in knowing the mystique behind every occurence associated with Pashan Lake and the reason for her motherís suicide? More importantly, will Shaili and her father ever accept each otherís personal choices? Perfectly Untraditional unravels unconventional and untold tales of families, friendships, love, loyalty, relationships, and tradition"


ďA powerful, riveting, perfectly unique exploration of the tangle of relationships that is the modern Indian family.Ē

               - Swati Kaushal, bestselling author of Piece of Cake and A Girl Like Me



Sweta Srivastava Vikram (www.swetavikram.com) is a Pushcart nominated-poet, novelist, author, essayist, columnist, and blogger whose musings have translated into four chapbooks of poetry, two collaborative collections of poetry, a fiction novel, and a nonfiction book of prose and poems (upcoming in 2012). A graduate of Columbia University, she lives and writes in New York City and reads her work across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Sweta also teaches creative writing workshops.

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