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Recipient of the 2015 South Asia Book Award

Bombay Blues

Written by Tanuja Desai Hidier
Published by Scholastic, Inc.

The crossover/adult sequel to Born Confused sees heroine Dimple Lala journey from NYC to India, all the while navigating the boundaries between adulthood and adolescence, tradition and the modern, the self and the other. Set against the backdrop of Mumbai’s contemporary indie music and arts scene, Bombay Blues continues to explore everything this diasporic generation faces today with a heady mix of uncertainty and determination, despair and inspiration, haunting loss and revelatory love… as the metropolis of her motherland becomes Dimple’s challenging muse and partner on a journey into the unmapped—and unexpected.

Now nineteen years old, Dimple Lala thought that growing up would give her all the answers, but instead she has more questions than ever. Her boyfriend is distant, her classmates are predictable, and a blue mood has settled around the edges of everything she does. It’s time for a change, and a change is just what Dimple is going to get — of scenery, of cultures, of mind. She thinks she’s heading to Bombay for a family wedding — but really she is plunging into the unexpected, the unmapped, and the uncontrollable. The land of her parents and ancestors has a lot to reveal to her: for every choice we make can crescendo into a journey, every ending can turn into a beginning, and each person we meet can show us something new about ourselves.


Primary ISBN: 9780545384780
Available As: eBook
Publication Status: Hardcover & Paperback Out of Print
Young Adult, Age 14 or older

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Setting: United States (New York City, NY), India (Bombay)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 1st Generation

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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