For this event, we have a wonderful whimsical tale, and Betsy Woodman is the perfect person to tell it. A regular at our monthly Poetry Society of NH open mics, Betsy spent 10 years in India as a child, studying in France, Zambia, and the United States. Behold, her first novel, Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes.
Janet Laird's life
changed the day she inherited her grandfather's house in a faraway
Indian hill station. Ignoring her son's arguments to come grow old in
their family castle in Scotland, she moves with her
chatty parrot, Mr. Ganguly and her loyal housekeeper, Mary, to Hamara
Nagar, where local merchants are philosophers, the chief of police is a
tyrant, and a bagpipe-playing Gurkha keeps the wild monkeys at bay.
Settling in, Jana Bibi (as she comes to be known)
meets her colorful local neighbors—Feroze Ali Khan of Royal Tailors,
who struggles with his business and family, V.K. Ramachandran, whose
Treasure Emporium is bursting at the seams with objects of unknown
provenance, and Rambir, editor of the local newspaper,
who burns the midnight oil at his printing press. When word gets out
that the town is in danger of being drowned by a government dam, Jana is
enlisted to help put it on the map. Hoping to attract tourists with
promises of good things to come, she stacks her
deck of cards, readies her fine-feathered assistant—and Jana Bibi's
Excellent Fortunes is born.