So, is anybody else going a little bonkers waiting for news from the CARA conference? Or is it just me?
I don't think our case will be magically green-lighted (I wish!), but I am hoping that some confusion about the new process will be cleared up for orphanage staff and adoption agencies. I am praying that March and April will reflect that by bringing some progress for the many families who are waiting for state level clearance and NOC.
In the meantime, I have been trying out a new author, Tarquin Hall. He has a series of mysteries (three, so far) featuring an investigator named Vish Puri. I'm reading The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken, a title that jumped off the "New Fiction" shelves for me, because it's the alternative name of one of my favorite Indian dishes, Chicken Makhani. :o)
I am about one-third of the way through the book so far, and it's a well-written, well-plotted mystery novel set in Delhi (where the author lives). The plot revolves around the death of a man whose son is a famous cricket player, and reaches into organized crime and the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. Amidst these serious elements, the book has a refreshing sense of humor that is gentle and witty.
The books contain wonderful descriptions of everyday life in Delhi, which is a treat for a waiting mama. The author also includes observations about the rising middle class and those left in poverty, and injects a longing for social justice into his main character.
So, if you're going batty like I am while you wait . . . I recommend this book! For a taste of Indian culture, a plot that will distract you from thinking about NOCs, and a good dose of wry humor, The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken is a great choice.
Of course, I don't know how it ends yet . . .