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Salt and Pepper: Unearthing Taboos

Maria Akhanji

Salt and Pepper reveals life as experienced by a young Bangladeshi girl, Ranya. She is six at the beginning, living in Dubai with her doctor father, singer mother and older siblings. We follow her trials and tribulations at school and at home and her moves to Bangladesh and London.

Her family life is disturbing. Ranya is at times treated as a slave and suffers abuse from her father; her mother is too self-absorbed and cruel to be of any help. The only hope for her is to escape to London as a teenager to live with her brother and his family, but her troubles don't end there. Bhaiyya, though at times kindly, is also steeped in misogynistic tradition.

Will Ranya find fulfilment through education, her beloved books and love, or will she too become a bride in an arranged marriage?

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ABOUT MARIA AKHANJI


Maria Akhanji is a British Bangladeshi Muslim writer. She has completed her BA (Hons) in Child Development. She wrote her debut novel, Salt and Pepper: Unearthing Taboos due to the lack of accurate representation of the taboo issues embedded in this ethnic minority. She is currently editing the second volume in the Salt and Pepper trilogy, titled, BrideMaids.

She developed her writing on youwriteon.com and both her books were featured in the Top Ten Chart on that website. Her books explore issues such as child molestation, Asian in-laws, "family politics" and the double standards that often overshadow Asian culture.

Her books centre on the trials and tribulations of British Asian/Muslim women; however, her writing could give a male audience a quintessential insight into a realm that is commonly experienced yet often left unexplored.