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The Uncoupling

The Uncoupling

Author(s): Cauvery Madhavan

Location(s): Europe

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Early 21st Century



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A traditional couple from southern India, Balu and Janaki Shankar are in their late fifties and have been married for 26 years in reasonable harmony. They go to visit their son, their first trip to Great Britain, but he is unable to take time off from work to spend with them and instead sends them on a 16-day bus tour across Europe. During a two-night stop in Amsterdam at the beginning of their trip, Balu experiences something that leads to a sexual reawakening for him-a newly discovered sexual appetite for his wife-which just may be the beginning of the end of this typical couple’s marriage.

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Janaki and Balu Shankar hail from Madras, a couple in older years who have come to England to visit their son and his family. He is unfortunately too busy to spend time with them,...

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