Married to the Mahatma – Mid day September 1

WRITER: Neelima Dalmia Adhar describes herself as a passionate “people-watcher”, who is drawn to writing on human behaviour. No surprises why her new novel The Secret Diary of Kasturba (Tranquebar, Westland books), tells the story of the life of Kasturba Gandhi — the wife of the Mahatma Though fiction, Adhar relays Kasturba’s story through the pages of an imaginary diary. From what we hear, it is has a lot of titillating details about what it could have been like to be married to MK Gandhi. Adhar has plans to introduce this fictional retelling to the world before India. The book will be unveiled at the third annual Indo-American Arts Council Literary Festival at the Kimmel Centre in NYC next month. The festival will see Adhar discuss the inspiration for her new novel. Scandalous or not, India would like to here these stories, too.