To describe Lalita Noronha as an advocate for India is to describe Dwight Eisenhower as a former university president. Brought up in Mumbai and the country-side, Noronha visualizes the embroidered saris, hears the wind in the gul-mohur trees, smells the kebab. Village life, with its many impoverished people, highlights this collection of connected short stories.
Parents and children, a woman pushing a young nephew too high on a swing, an American high roller moving in on a good-looking barmaid– relationships are at the heart of Monsoons. The view point is consistently feminine, and the protrayal of emotion rings true for any neighborhood, any subcontinent.
Memsahib Noronha has a Ph.D. in microbiology, and teaches science at St. Paul’s School for Girls. She is also one of Maryland’s top fiction writers.