In the summer of 2000, Alyra and Rahul meet at a party and there after often have sex with no strings attached. She is naïve and a trifle self-absorbed while he is charming but a mama’s boy. Alyra, finds she is pregnant, an abortion is out of the question and they are forced to get married. Flash forward, they have been married for twenty-three years and have a daughter, Ahana. In a fast paced and changing India where success, beauty and youth are the bedrock on which society moves, Alyra realises the stifling boredom is drowning her and life is slipping away. When she is hit on by a charismatic stranger in a bar, she finds herself questioning everything about her life. She is not looking for an affair or to meet another man. It is that intense awareness of being alive, that momentary spark that fuels a part of her that had been lying dormant. What should she do? Does she have a chance of finding happiness again? How can she ensure her survival? A Light through the Cracks is a vivid evocation of arranged marriages, self-awakening and standing up for one’s self. It paints a picture of the daily drudgery of unhappy and mind numbing relationships in excruciating minutiae. The book opens at the lawyer’s office and works backwards with flashbacks.
Kusum Lata Sawhney was born in the UK and brought up in Nigeria and India. She is an author and poet. Bold and innovative ideas are her forte. Her unconventional thought process is the difference she brings to her writing. She has written two novels, Kindred Spirits and Ayala. A collection of short stories titled Wych Stories and two books of poetry, I am all Woman and We Might Have … Passionate about women’s rights and dignity, she weaves her stories from real life issues that surround us and which we witness daily. Her idea is to shake the narrow confines of the mind and speak out against injustice and hypocrisy. She lives between London and Delhi.