By Ashok Mathur
This fantastical old novel, narrated through a baby but to be born, strains the lives of 3 generations of a Parsi kin in India starting within the overdue 1800s. The narrative follows the Khargat relatives from the intricacies of village existence within the jungles of imperative India, to the problems of city lifestyles in turbulent pre- and post-independence struggles, to modern diasporic realities within the uk and North the US. This fantastically instructed, attractive novel, by means of the writer of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize finalist the quick, chuffed lifetime of Harry Kumar, humanizes the politics of ethnicity, tradition, and colonial rule.
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The worst kind of storm; always approaching, never arriving. It will be such a night, a long way from here, a very long journey, through places you can never imagine, will never imagine, even if you conjure up the most fantastic of imaginings. The place of my birth, ah, now that’s a good one. For it’s a place that is as close to your heart as it is to the long-time inhabitants of that place; it’s a place that is closer to your home than your home now, and yet it is a place you will never visit.
Ah, I do not believe that is possible at this time. You see, it is one thing to have the intermingling of Parsi beliefs and Christian beliefs. We are, of course, both believers in one god, are we not? ” “Descendants, actually,” says Soona under her breath but loud enough for all to hear. “Yes, technically that is correct, descendants. I believe that is the story Jamshed gave to us, talking to future offspring—but where he gets these ideas, I can only imagine. The Hindus believe in all this talking to spirits rubbish, I understand, but civilized people—and I think I can safely say that Parsis and Christians might be considered among the civilized—do no such thing.
It is the Parsi way. ” Soona’s mother nudges her daughter. ” Soona points to the ceiling fan and gestures to the atmosphere in the room. “It is not hot. ” asks Adi. “We will leave immediately,” says Beramshah. “As soon as we first take leave of our senses,” says Soona to her mother, a bit louder than before so that Bikha and Dinshaw, sitting next to them, look over with a cross between sympathetic and disapproving looks. “We will leave immediately and make a new home in Bombay. I have been in contact with my cousins there and have arranged a temporary place to live.