A Storm in a Chai Cup
Date: July 2015
‘Is a life lived for others, a life worth living?’
Set within 1985 Birmingham, riots are in full swing, Reet (against her parents’ wishes of an arranged marriage) marries Balbir- a man she has fallen in love with.
The charmed and sugar-coated relationship begins to wane and Reet soon finds herself in an abusive marriage- her cries for help and support falling on deaf ears.
Twenty years on, and the 2005 Birmingham race riots are kicking off. Tensions are high between the Caribbean and South Asian communities. Reet now has a son, Nishkama, who is in the position to wed and has found himself a potential bride. However, Reet is hesitant. She does not want a repeat of her experiences, but wants to show her son the support she never received from her parents.
On the other hand, Reet is engaged to a new man, Anand, who plans to move to Canada to start a new life, forming a crack in the teacup.
Will it unearth the darkest of family secrets or slowly drain away? Or will history repeat itself and storms ensue?