Young advertising professional Amala walks the tightrope between her big-city dreams and small-town roots. Having just broken up with her possessive live-in Mumbaikar boyfriend, Amala returns to Jalandhar in time for her grandfather's funeral. Back home, she is barely on talking terms with her mother Disha, who divorced her father and started dating another man.

Amala gets to spend time with her grandmother though. Veera naanji speaks to her of their collective past, uncovering knotty family secrets habitually swept under the carpet. Through conversations with her grandmother, she finds out that the much-revered men in her family were not as admirable as they had seemed.

"Girls Don't Cry" parses the lives of three generations of women in a middle-class family and the choices that they make as they navigate a man's world. A profound reflection on friendship and love between mothers and daughters, and on what it takes to face truths that can break you forever.

Book: Girls Don't Cry; Author: Gajra Kottary; Publisher: Harper Collins; Pages: 268; Price: Rs 399