26 Feb '17, 10pm

Writer takes on taboo issues

Balli Kaur Jaswal is one of Singapore's hottest young novelists, but her latest book is one her former schoolteachers would have stopped her from reading. Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows will be published by international brand HarperCollins next month in the United Kingdom and a few months later in the United States. Movie rights have been sold to Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free Productions, and Film4. The title sells itself, but would have been a problem for those who taught her 20 years ago in CHIJ Toa Payoh. Jaswal says her classmates at the time were huge fans of the Sweet Valley High teen romances. Teachers were worried about how the content might affect the schoolgirls and parents were called in and told to beware such books. "Reading for entertainment was frowned on. We were encouraged to read storybooks to improve our English," says Jaswal, who tur...

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