As a young girl, Razina Theba makes her way every day to the tiny family flat on Vorster Street in Fordsburg. It is here, just outside of the Johannesburg city centre, where she grows up, playing in the Yard with countless cousins, learning to enjoy perfect syrupy paan and the best way to brew chai for her bajee. It is also where she observes her family's harassment by the Security Branch, as well as her parents' determination to make their business at the Oriental Plaza a success.
In A Home on Vorster Street, Razina witnesses the ebb and flow of a tight-knit neighborhood trying to survive the forces of apartheid and, ultimately, where she learns of the value of family love and the enduring comfort it provides.
At times funny and charming and, at others, painful and tender, this dazzling collection of stories is a spirited exploration of a colourful Indian-Muslim family bound by loyalty to their culture, community, religion and each other.