Thursday, April 25, 2013

Book Tour and Review: The Dohmestics by Mohanalaksnmi Rajakumar...

The Dohmestics
by Mohanalaksnmi Rajakumar


Edna, Amira, and Noof are neighbors but that doesn't mean they know what happens behind closed doors or that they have anything in common with their hired help. 

Maria, Maya, and Lillie live in the same compound as their employers but that's where the similarities begin and end. 

There's never a dull moment for anyone in this desert emirate. 

The unending gossip and unrelenting competition may be business as usual for expatriate communities but the unspoken secrets threaten to destroy life as everyone knows it.


First of all I must say this story will pull you in right from the start and keep you right on a reading until the very last page. I felt that this was both a compassionate yet disturbing story. It is about the lives of three women (Edna, Amria, and Noof) who live fairly prominent lives and their three female servants (Lillie, Maria, and Maya)

This book is full of never-ending drama as you would think typical for so many women together in one place. We all know, sad but true maybe, that women commonly stab each other in the back or easily get jealous of one another. Women will always keep secrets from one another or tell each others secrets to others, and this story is a perfect example of this. 

I loved getting to know these women and seeing how they related to / and got along with each other.  I must say that I was quite surprised by the relationships that the women had with their servants.  Actually, as the story progresses, you begin to feel very sympathetic for the servants.

Lastly, I just wanted to say that this book is a good example of how some rich and powerful people can sometimes over abuse their power and treat their hired help very poorly. It's actually distressing how often this actually happens in everyday life.

                                                               AUTHOR  BIO:


Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to the Arabian Desert was fortuitous in many ways since this is where she met her husband, had a baby, and made the transition from writing as a hobby to a full time passion.  She has since published five e-books including a mom-ior for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me, a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies, a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories, and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace. Most recently, From Dunes to Dior, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. After she joined the e-book revolution, she dreams in plotlines. Learn more about her work on her website at or follow her latest on Twitter: @moha_doha.




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