Monday, April 22, 2013

The Dohmestics by Mohanalakshmi 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.

My Review:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a nanny, wife, or house keeper in another country and culture?  Take the concept of the book “The help” into another culture and see what happens.

The story covers 6 people 3 are privileged and 3 are the help or “dohmestics” in depth. You will delve into the relationships and dynamics between those with power be it employer, money, or gender and those without.

You get a bird’s eye view of how a simple decision can reach such a tragic end. 

It seems there are always people who are exploited regardless of what country or culture you live in.

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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