The Bollywood Beauty

Shalini Akhil

The Bollywood Beauty

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Kesh: born and bred in Australia, drinks at the pub, studies feminist theory. Considers herself NRI – ‘Not Really Indian’.

Rupa: born and bred in Fiji, scared to leave the house, makes own roti. A full-bloom ‘Bollywood Beauty’.

They found it hard enough to get along as kids, but when a grown-up Rupa comes to Melbourne to stay with her cousin Kesh, it’s a complete culture-clash. As Kesh and Rupa’s worlds collide, they each hurtle toward answering the same question – are we ever truly what we seem?

In this delicious and highly spiced novel, Shalini Akhil dishes up tears, laughter, music and food, with a truly scary dinner dance thrown in. If you’ve ever found yourself caught between your cultural background and a hard place, this is the read for you.

“… a universally appealing novel about identity, flawed families and the struggle to be yourself … ” – The Age

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Author Information

Shalini Akhil

Shalini Akhil is a writer/ humourist /nerd/mad crochet fan. Her first novel, The Bollywood Beauty was first published by Penguin in 2005 and made available by Momentum in 2012. Shalini has been shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, made it through to a Raw Comedy National Grand Final, and performed on stage in two Fringe Festival shows. She has had short fiction published in various anthologies including Meanjin, Girls Night In 4, Sleepers Anthology, Silverfish New Writing and Growing …