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*Book: The tree bride
*Author: Bharati Mukherjee
*Publisher: Rupa & Co.
*Price: Rs 295, pp. 293
The first thing I wondered at when I received my copy of Bharati Mukherjee’s The Tree Bride was the cover — an obviously non-Bengali bridal hand decorated with mehendi.
Someone should have pointed out to the publishers that no Bengali bride in the 19th century ever wore mehendi. But that’s neither here nor there.
I delved into the book expecting a fascinating story something on the lines of Aparna Sen’s film, Sati, another tale of a girl married to a tree in an attempt to escape fate.
However, to get to the story of Tara Lata, the Tree Bride, took time because the book began with an explosion in the Bay Area of San Francisco, in the house of another Tara, Tara Chatterjee, the indirect great-great-niece of the Tree Bride.
Tara is pregnant, was once married to Bish, the richest Bengali in the world and is in the process of trying to get her life together.
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