Book Giveaway: WHERE THE PEACOCKS SING by Alison Singh Gee

Enter to win the new memoir by Alison Singh Gee.  Isn’t the cover gorgeous?

Amy Tan, author of THE JOY LUCK CLUB, writes: “Alison Singh Gee is a raconteur with deadpan humor and a shining purpose.  We gladly enter her ever-changing adventure in India–a glorious life of former expectations freed by the unexpected.”


Ever wonder what it would be like to marry a man who grew up in a palace? My friend, Alison Singh Gee, did exactly that when she wed Ajay Singh, a fellow journalist who had grown up in Old Delhi and the Himalayas.

Ajay and Alison met when they both worked at Time Inc.’s newsweekly Asiaweek in Hong Kong. Although Alison knew very little about her fiancé or his family background, they still got engaged within three months of meeting, and then she soon discovered that not only did Ajay grow up in a rambling old 19th-century grand manor on the outskirts of Delhi, but also that they were set to inherit the grandest wing of the one-hundred-room palace.

It may sound like a fairytale but, of course, there’s always the fine print. Mokimpur—as the house is called—turned out to be not much of a fantasy palace. “Believe me,” Alison writes, “it was no luxurious showcase of velvet daybeds, gilt-framed portraits of maharajas and other lofty ancestors, and sweeping palm-dotted landscapes. Instead, it was more of a sprawling moldy tear down, with hot-and-cold running mosquitoes, belligerent peacocks, and the odd royal ghost or two.”

I first met Alison in 2009 on a press trip to Seoul.  She fascinated everyone with her stories of the glamorous life in Hong Kong, and now, her adventures—or misadventures—can be found in her new memoir, Where the Peacocks Sing: A Palace, a Prince and the Search for Home. “Of course, any relationship with India is also a relationship with its food — its mouth-watering curries, kormas, pakoras and parathas — and,” Alison writes, “I was privileged to be able to watch two amazing Indian chefs at work — namely, Mrs. Singh and her beloved family servant Hoti Lal.”

Read an excerpt from the book and find out the secret to delicious, spicy Chai for Two thanks to Hoti Lal’s top-secret recipe for the best chai on the planet. Namaste and enjoy!


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NOTE: This giveaway ends 4/30/2013.  Enter once a day per email address.

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  1. March 25, 2013 2:18 am by jann Reply

    The cover IS stunning, and I so enjoyed the excerpt! So very enticing. Thank you for this contest, Kim. xxxxxxx

  2. May 8, 2013 10:11 pm by Alison Singh Gee Reply

    I’d love to send a signed card for the winner of my memoir, Where the Peacocks Sing. Kim, who won? xx

    • May 9, 2013 2:48 pm by kim Reply

      Hi Ali! Harvee Lau is the winner! I’ve emailed Harvee and am waiting to hear back for an address.
      Thank you so much for the giveaway and for sharing your wonderful book with the world. xo

  3. May 14, 2013 1:01 pm by Alison Singh Gee Reply

    My pleasure, Kim! Any reader of yours is a friend of mine. I hope Harvee enjoys the book — let us know Harvee.

    xx Alison

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