Falguni Kothari's 2019 book, The Object of Your Affections, is set in contemporary times. It deals with the themes of family, friendship, traditions and expectations, while at the heart of the plot lies the issue of surrogacy. The Object of Your Affections
is a story about two best friends-- Paris and Naira. Paris Kahn Fraser is living a life which most women would dream of having-- she lives in New York City, has a successful a career, and has a loving husband Neal. The only thing Neal thinks is missing in his life is fatherhood-- a dream he gave up to be with Paris. Meanwhile, Naira Dalmia is a young widow living in Mumbai, who is caught in the rigid traditions and family expectations after the death of her husband. At 30, all she wants in life is to start afresh. And so, she decides to move to New York and connect with her college best friend Paris. But when Paris proposes Naira to be a surrogate for her child, and even actively participate in raising the child, their lives change forever.
The complex characters in Kothari's book showcase India's elite class and their own challenges. The story looks at two best friends who try to redefine motherhood and family in unconventional ways. How critics view the book: Publishers Weekly
writes, "Readers who have been on their own infertility or surrogacy journeys will feel many pangs of commonality with these all-too-human characters". Bobbi Dumas
writes for Kirkus Review
, that Kothari's books "are special, blending intensity, humour and emotional depth; both fun and thought-provoking."