The Alabaster Goddess
"""It is a truism to say that the heart finds peace anywhere. It makes no difference where the body is, if the heart is tranquil."" On a holiday in the Garhwal Hills at the base of the Himalayas, the narrator and his guide suddenly find themselves threatened by a storm. When they decide to take refuge in the temple of the Alabaster Goddess—where all strangers are welcome—the narrator is surprised to find a familiar face there, a face he least expected to encounter. India is a vast place in which to disappear. And as the narrator is soon about to learn, a place in which the most unlikely characters and stories appear. As he is faced with the most difficult decision of his life, the only person he can turn to is the curiously invigorating Alabaster Goddess. Will she help him do the right thing? Nergis Dalal always manages to address the most interesting aspects of human behaviour in the most peculiar way. Intriguing and amusing with just the right touch of darkness, The Alabaster Goddess is a must read for fans of short fiction."