Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal
Pinky was brought to live with her grandmother when her mother died shortly after her birth, in the aftermath of the partitioning of India and Pakistan. Pinky’s uncle, as well as his wife and three sons, live in her grandmother’s bungalow as well. Unfortunately, her uncle’s wife Savita hates Pinky and torments her whenever her grandmother Maji’s back is turned. It isn’t entirely clear to Pinky why Savita hates her so much, or why she orders the bathroom door to be bolted at night. Until one night Pinky unbolts the bathroom door and unleashes the ghost of a baby who died shortly after birth, a girl who would be about her own age.
“Haunting Bombay” is a ghost story, a mystery, and the tale of a family trying to come to terms with their sorrow. The writing was quite lovely and the characters well-drawn. At some point in the middle of the book, I wasn’t sure if I was liking the story, despite Agarwal’s evocation of time and place. However, I was very satisfied with the way the story wrapped together and what was revealed of the origins of the ghost.
If you’re in the mood for a lovely, literary ghost story to read between now and Halloween, or one to curl up with on a dark, cold evening, “Haunting Bombay” is definitely a worthwhile choice.
I read this book as part of a TLC Book Tour. Check out some of the other tour hosts for more reviews. Links go to the host’s site, not to their specific review.
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