A high-quality summary of Alka Joshi´s book The Henna Artist including chapter details and an analysis of the main themes of the original book.
About the original book:
Radha, who is 13 years old at the start of the tale, is being verbally tormented by the gossipmongers in her town, who refer to her as the "Bad Luck Girl." Her parents had died lately, and her sister, Lakshmi, had run away from her marriage 13 years before. Radha enlists the aid of Lakshmi's husband, Hari, in tracking down her sole living relative.
While Radha begins her hunt, Lakshmi is in high demand as a henna artist in Jaipur, the royal city. Lakshmi is a gifted healer who assists her clients with their aches and pains in addition to her henna work. She's also skilled at creating contraceptive herbs, which she sells to her buddy Samir so that his numerous mistresses may avoid becoming pregnant.