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This is a very touching story told by 4 narrators which are the main characters including Indu, the second wife of Prakash showing how their relationships interfere with their own lives. I wouldn’t be willing to try it if I suffered with asthma and bronchitis; I hate fish!

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Frsh. She is strong, but cannot help but fume about the unfairness of life that would allow Prakash and his new wife to be so comfortable when she and Sandeep have so little to help their dying son.

While there she determines that she needs to go back and try to repair her marriage. Want to Read saving…. Until the end I was not convinced he was sorry for what he had done.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Sandeep – The only character I liked in the story. This saddens me, and can make me angry. Anjali – She looked feeble minded despite having a husband Sandeep who deeply loved her. Her marriage does not.

A Breath of Fresh Air author Malladi was a schoolgirl, living in army barracks where her father was stationed a few miles away from the Union Carbide factory.

Be the first to ask a question about A Breath of Fresh Air. Would love to know how you find it. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The story really starts when, over a decade later, Anjali runs into Prakash again.


Once a superficial but dutiful wife, Anjali had been thrilled with the status her talented military officer husband provided her.

Prakash, the husband who is the reason her son is so very ill, Prakash who married her for all the wrong reasons, does that Prakash still have a place in her heart? After a tryst with his lover, Prakash neglects to pick up Anjali at the railroad station in Bhopal on the night in when a cloud of poisonous gas leaks from Union Carbide; Anjali almost dies.

We have our own brain to make decisions and do what is right for ourselves, and for our daughters. Amulya loves meeting with book clubs, so please contact her at author amulyamalladi.

There was a problem adding your email address. After less than one year of marriage, Anjali finds that her husband has been cheating on her.

Malladi weaves the riots into the story as her heroine, twenty-something Anjali, finds herself in an ugly rift with a Sikh friend who ends their friendship. She is not unhappy and loves her family. Definitely a must read.

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A Breath of Fresh Air by Amulya Malladi

Were his parents modern in their beliefs? I think I log on to goodreads more than I do on to Facebook, and that is probably a good thing too. Even when you think you can peg someone as the ‘villain’ and you have them figured out, she gives you a view od them from a different perspective and you see no one is really that simple.

Sandeep is a professor who has no plans on marrying. It was a poignant tale entwining Bhopal tragedy and Indira Gandhi’s assassination with an infidel husband and a wife with a backbone, who decides to leave him and build a life for herself, little knowing that a few accidental moments of ai past will haunt her future and affect her child.


You get to piece together the full story as the vresh shifts between different points of view. A book that had me maulya.

I am on GoodReads too, but do not log in at all. This brush with death causes her to reflect closely on her life and she decides she has the strength to get divorced which is not accepted in India at the time.

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But when Anjali’s first husband suddenly reappears in her life, she is thrown back to the troubling days of their marriage with a force that impacts everyone around her.

Then one day at the market, Anjali sees Prakash and all the pain and resentment Anjali thought she had dealt with come back to haunt her as her son’s health worsens. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Yet Anjali is an admirable heroine, and women will relate to her heartbreak as the mother of a dying child. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: In her present life, she is settled with her second husband Sandeep, a university professor along with her ailing son Amar in the small city of Ooty.

Published June 3rd by Ballantine Books first published June 25th