The Normal State of Mind by Susmita Bhattacharya
Dipali, a young bride, is determined to make her marriage a success story. But her plans are cut short when her husband is killed by a bomb blast in Mumbai. Forced into a life of widowhood, her brother expects her to sacrifice her own independence for the sake of caring for her elderly mother but Dipali has other ideas.
Moushumi, a school teacher, discovers that her attraction to women is not just a girl crush. As her parents discuss potential husbands, Moushumi escapes to her high-flying lover. But how long can she keep being a lesbian secret beyond the safe walls of glamorous art crowd parties? In the midst of communal riots and gay rights movements, India too has to make her own decisions about which traditions she must keep, and which she ought to let go.
At the end of it all, who can decide what is the normal state of mind?
'The Normal State of Mind is a deliciously bold debut novel, delving in the mores of modern love, marriage and sexuality, through the eyes of two young women, one gay, one straight. Vivid and tender, funny and bittersweet, it's fearlessly full of surprises about what it means to be young and female in 1990s India on the cusp of change.' -Rosie Dastoor, author, A Small Fortune
Paperback / 250 pages