Priya Hajela: Ladies' Tailor is a story of rebuilding life in the tumultuous backdrop of Partition
Ladies Tailor is not a book about religion, neither is it a historical novel. It is fiction that captures a setting and a group of characters that represent the immigrant spirit, the refugee spirit, the spirit of never giving up on what you want and a spirit of adventure and entrepreneurship that to this day is the driving force in Delhi and Punjab.
Ladies Tailor is a book about Gurdev and his cohort, a group of refugees who traveled east from Pakistan after partition. It is a story of falling apart and coming together. It is also a story of that which was torn asunder and will never be one again – a marriage, a country, a friendship.
The story will take you back in time and catch you by the scruff till your uncertain feet hang off the floor. It will also bring you back to the normalcy of fit and fashion,and of fabric and style. It will let you settle in and get comfortable with Gurdev and Noor’s romance and then take you on a speedy adventure in fast American cars behind enemy lines.