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Dani's Diary

Narinder Dhami
Corgi Yearling
Jun 2007
Her mother’s marriage has wide repercussions for Dani who, against a changed familial context, begins to question her identity and position as an Anglo-Indian. Aware of the unfamiliar territory that now surrounds her granddaughter, Dani’s grandmother bestows upon her the gift of a diary that documents her migration from India to England in the 1960s. Written in Punjabi, this presents a challenge for Dani, who must utilise her second language to glean from her grandmother’s experiences and the friendship she forged with the maligned Milly whose mischief it transpires had quite another root…

Narinda Dhami has a definite ear for dialogue and a keenly astute eye for social interaction resulting in prose that is witty, wise and a genuine delight. Analogies between changes that have affected past and present generations and an ability to reach a resolve for past misdemeanours and misconceptions make for a thought-provoking and satisfying read.

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