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Skin Deep

Is beauty skin deep only? Nergis Dalal tries to answer this social myth in her fifth book.

books Updated: May 21, 2012 15:11 IST
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Nergis Dalal

Nergis Dalal
Penguin Books
September 2005
Fiction
Pages: 300
Price: Rs 250
ISBN: 0144000326
Paperwork

Naaz and Yasmin are twins, but they couldn’t be more different. Yasmin is blessed with the kind of beauty Naaz can only dream about, and is the favourite of Sophie, their English mother. Naaz has the unconditional love of her strong-willed Parsi grandmother, who helps her build a world that cannot be infringed by Yasmin.

Naaz decides to excel in ways that Yasmin never can, and is relieved when their lives move in different directions. But the past has an uneasy way of catching up with the future, with unforeseen consequences for everyone.

Set in Dehra Dun, Delhi and Hyderabad, Nergis Dalal’s fifth novel explores the complexities of human relationships, and the deep, unfathomable passions that motivate people. Filled with wit and wisdom, and written in sparkling prose, it unravels the many layers that exist within the bonds of family and marriage.