Tears of Mehndi

Raminder Sidhu

A courageous and timely novel,¬†Tears of Mehndi¬†explores the rich, complex and often heartbreaking lives of a tight-knit community in Vancouver’s Little India. Through the perspectives of several women whose lives intertwine over a generation, Raminder Sidhu deftly exposes the shrouded violence within the Indo-Canadian community, a difficult and often dissembled subject. Sidhu’s characters are women caught between two cultures, struggling to understand the traditions they are obliged to follow while still embracing and often welcoming the fundamentally different values of the West.

“Ultimately an optimistic novel…The strength of Sidhu’s work is that it does not let the reader forget that things happen to people because of their positions in life, their specific ultural upbringings, their geographic locations, and their gender…[Sidhu is dedicated] to authenticity and telling the truth of [her] experiences.”

–Canadian Literature