Dancing With The Two-Headed Tigress

Dancing With The Two-Headed Tigress

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Set in England, India and Ireland, a comic tale of fish out of water.

When her boorish father dies, fat, unsophisticated Mousumi is sent from India to her cosmopolitan relations in London. For the glamour of the western world, she leaves behind both her forlorn mother and an amorous shopkeeper.

On arrival, she is met by the Majumdar family: Prakash - a doctor with too much heart, great cook and man-about-the-house; Tuhina - a successful investment banker and indulgent mother; and Darshini - a nonchalant eighteen-year-old, audacious coin-flipper and possessor of ethereal beauty. Such an offbeat household terrifies Mousumi - how will she fit in? Can she meet their high standards? And will she begin to question the life she has known?

A witty social comedy of cultural misunderstanding and people who simply don't get on.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 127 x 197 x 24mm | 271g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552773239
  • 9780552773232
  • 2,171,969

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"A beautiful debut that mixes humour with biting social commentary." * Cosmopolitan Magazine * "Biswas proves a natural writer with a nice turn of phrase." * Guardian * "A comedy of manners ... charmingly told." * Financial Times * "One to watch." * Image Magazine, Ireland * "This fast paced debut gives us the age-old dilemma of family struggle told in frank funny language by a new name to watch." * Nottingham Evening Post *
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About Tina Biswas

Tina Biswas was born in 1978 and read Politics, Philosophy & Economics at New College, Oxford. She lives in London.
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"Biswas proves a natural writer with a nice turn of phrase."
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'Tina Biswas is a natural writer' Guardian

'A comedy of manners ...charmingly told' Financial Times

Fat, unsophisticated Mousumi is on her way to visit her cosmopolitan relations in London.

She is welcomed by the Majumdar family: Prakash, a doctor with too much heart, who is married to Tuhina, a steely investment banker. But it is Darshini, their glamorous daughter, who really fascinates her.

Darshini and Mousumi are total opposites, and Mousumi just can't beat Darshini's Princess credentials. The two of them form a love-hate relationship, until one day Mousumi's feisty personality begins to assert itself.

Tina Biswas' first novel is an exuberant comedy of cultural misunderstanding and people who simply don't get on. Whose side will you be taking?

'Biswas mixes dashes of magical realism with insights into what family life can really be like, as the actions of grandparents echo down the generations'
Marie Claire
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28 ratings
2.67 out of 5 stars
5 7% (2)
4 4% (1)
3 50% (14)
2 29% (8)
1 11% (3)
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